• Disappointing inflight Wi-Fi could soon become a thing of the past



    The whole concept of in-flight Wi-Fi is a relatively recent phenomena. Boeing offered the service in 2001, Airbus in 2005 and more recently GoGo in 2008.

    When it was introduced the concept was formed with low bandwidth in mind meaning each flight could only offer speeds not too much faster than dial up.

    Then came ground based systems that offered slow 3G like speeds. But besides being slow this service only worked while the airplane was over land meaning that sea bound flights were out of luck.

    Disappointed customers are demanding faster service but the industry couldn't keep up with demand. Unlike smartphones that are designed to be upgraded often in-flight systems were built to last a decade or more so thus more of the same year after year.

    But there is hope. According to Honeywell, its GX Aviation system can achieve speeds of up to 50 Mbps, ViaSat's Exede can deliver up to 12 Mbps passengers while Gogo's 2Ku service promises 15 Mbps of speed.

    Finally we're going to be able to use our data in-flight the way we expect to use it.




    Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-...i-works-2018-9
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Disappointing inflight WiFi could soon become a thing of the past started by @TheRealDanny View original post
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