AT&T to bring LTE-based internet connectivity to planes in 2015

AT&T to bring LTE-based internet connectivity to planes in 2015
Today, AT&T announced that it wants to “mobilize the sky” and bring 4G/LTE connectivity in-flight for passengers, airlines, and general aviators.

The service will be available in late 2015 according to the carrier, and will be delivered via a newly built air-to-ground network across the continental United States. AT&T will use spectrum it already holds under license.

The goal is to “transform airborne connectivity” through connected a high-speed LTE network through a reliable on-board Wi-Fi connection. The connectivity is more than just for entertainment of passengers though. AT&T plans to ensure that aviation customers, from pilots and crew, to maintenance teams (real-time aircraft telemetry) and crew services, are able to utilize the service.

AT&T has partnered with Honeywell to deliver the hardware and service components for the in-flight connections. The idea is to build better capabilities in-flight. If anyone has tried in-flight internet services before, one word that might come to mind is “slow,” or perhaps, “frustrating,” since connection quality is not always ideal.

No aviation partners have been named yet, but AT&T is bringing its game to compete with the likes of Gogo and enhancing the service offering beyond a mere consumer product. Pricing and availability will be announced prior to the service being launched, though the carrier does plan to make available both commercial and industrial applications available at launch.

source: AT&T


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6 Comments

1. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Watch it be $50 for 500MB.

2. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Hopefully american airlines gets it! Or aeromexico? Since I travel the most on those, but I doubt it aeromexico will get it nvr mind forgot aeromexico dreamliner has free wifi.

3. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Idk who runs the wifi on Southwest Airlines but it was a horrible experience. Hopefully this make inflight connectivity better.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I'd rather have the return of snacks, drinks, blankets, and pillows over better internet. Make that "clean blankets and pillows". Flying coach has gotten rather grim and dirty as of late. Internet may help me tune out of the terrible experience, but not if it costs $50 for 500MB with a $10/MB overage fee.

5. Rager722

Posts: 621; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Jetblue though!

6. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

At&t, if you want to get this right, you should offer this service included in the data allocation for all your customers. Put differently, free for AT&T subscribers. This would be great costumer service. In addition, you will see people from ohter carriers swtiching if this is the case. Play the upper hand.

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