IT company’s “first high-speed broadband for the skies”
New technology is will soon boost wifi internet speeds in aircraft, allowing passengers to field emails and surf the web as if they were in a coffee shop, AFP reports.
Industry leaders say that public demand is driving the development and more airlines are rolling out better services via satellite technology.
For example, the Global Xpress (GX) Aviation network is “first global high-speed broadband for the skies”, according to US developers Honeywell Aerospace and Gogo, who are working with satellite giant Inmarsat.
Briand Greer, president of Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific, said inflight wifi could generate $2.8 billion for the company over the coming 20 years.
Around 25% of the world’s airlines will offer wireless connection by 2018, he thinks, up from the current 7 or 8%. He said that download speeds of up to 50 megabits per second were now possible via inflight wifi.
“How we describe it is it will be like you are sitting at Starbucks with your smartphone, your computer and your iPad,” he said.
[pictured: TopSeries AVANT for Thales]