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AT&T takes to the sky with new in-flight service

AT&T is developing new connectivity technology to be used in-flight
AT&T is developing new connectivity technology to be used in-flight
Photo by Massimo Cebrelli

AT&T really is everywhere as it announced this week that they are developing a 4G LTE in-flight connected service for flyers and airlines in commercial, business, and general aviation.

The goal is to have the systems live by late in 2015. It will feature broadband for flyers, fast and quality Wi-Fi for flyers and a new on board infotainment system.

The airlines will also use the connectivity for cockpit communications, maintenance records and crew services.

“Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet,” said John Stankey, Chief Strategy Officer at AT&T. “We are building on AT&T’s significant strengths to develop in-flight connectivity technology unlike any other that exists today, based on 4G LTE standards. We believe this will enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience. We expect this service to transform connectivity in the aviation industry – we are truly mobilizing the sky.”

This will be a new network AT&T builds solely for air-to-ground use. AT&T will rely on experience, their spectrum, and their financial position to change the way we know aieborne connectivity.

AT&T plans to partner with Honeywell on this venture.

This is another opportunity for AT&T to set the standard on a new frontier. The new service will support both business aviation and commercial flyers from the debut of the service launch.

More information, including costs and what flyers might expect to pay for this service will be forthcoming.

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