Cell­phones in the sky

Finweek English Edition - - Communication & Technology - SI­MON DIN­GLE si­mond@fin­week.co.za

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS has an­nounced it will be­gin to al­low in-flight cell­phone use for fly­ers us­ing its new busi­ness class route be­tween Lon­don City Air­port and New York’s JFK air­port later this year. Text and mo­bile In­ter­net will be al­lowed – but not voice calls as yet.

It will al­low pas­sen­gers to stay in touch via their own cell­phones and ac­cess the In­ter­net and send emails from lap­tops with data cards or modems. BA says it will also even­tu­ally al­low voice calls.

Mo­bile On­Air, a com­pany that claims to have the world’s most widely used and ex­ten­sive net­work for in­ter­na­tional mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions, will pro­vide the ser­vice for BA.

In fu­ture it seems likely cell­phone use on air­craft will be­come com­mon­place us­ing GSM tech­nol­ogy fit­ted in air­craft, pro­vided none of BA’s fleet falls from the sky as a re­sult of cel­lu­lar in­ter­fer­ence.

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