AT&T to Launch LTE WiFi Service Built for Airlines
To deliver the service, the company plans to build an extensive air-to-ground network in the continental United States, based on global 4G LTE standards.Communications specialist and network operator AT&T announced plans to launch a high-speed 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based in-flight connectivity service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation. The service, planned to be available as soon as late 2015, will be capable of providing in-flight broadband for customers including a commitment to faster, more reliable WiFi and improved onboard entertainment. AT&T plans to work with Honeywell, an aerospace industry specialist, to provide hardware and service capabilities to deliver the in-flight connectivity solution. "Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet," John Stankey, chief strategy officer at AT&T, said in a statement. "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."
To deliver the service, the company plans to build an extensive air-to-ground network in the continental United States, based on global 4G LTE standards, to provide fast speeds and efficient utilization of spectrum already owned by AT&T.