Mile High In­ter­net

OffComm News - - THE QUARTERLY -

Start­ing with 28 planes, be­long­ing to Ja­panese air car­rier ANA, Swift Broad­band wifi will be avail­able on in­ter­na­tional routes from mid 2013. The Swift Broad­band ser­vice is be­ing pro­vided by In­marsat distri­bu­tion part­ner OnAir, which is also pro­vid­ing in­flight con­nec­tiv­ity for Cebu Pa­cific Air, the Philip­pines' largest flag car­rier and the first long-haul LCC in South East Asia. Start­ing with its Air­bus A330 fleet the air­line also has the op­tion to in­stall wifi on its fleet of Air­bus A320 air­craft for short haul flights. Once in ser­vice, pas­sen­gers will be able to ac­cess the in­ter­net and make calls us­ing Voice over IP ap­pli­ca­tions via wifi en­abled de­vices in­clud­ing: An­droid phones, tablets, iPhone ®, iPad®, Black­berry® and lap­tops. In ad­di­tion, Sin­ga­pore Air­lines has de­cided to add wifi and GSM pas­sen­ger con­nec­tiv­ity on its long-haul fleets. SBTV, from In­marsat, en­ables air­lines to pro­vide real-time and up­dated on-de­mand en­ter­tain­ment con­tent. News, sports and other video con­tent is trans­mit­ted to the air­craft over the SwiftBroad­band net­work and then dis­trib­uted wire­lessly to pas­sen­gers' own de­vices, which can in­clude smart­phones, lap­tops, tablets and other per­sonal me­dia play­ers.

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