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AT&T To ‘Transform Connectivity’ in the Skies

By Craig Galbraith
April 29, 2014 - News

Channel partners who spend a lot of time in the air will be interested to learn that AT&T plans to launch a high-speed, 4G LTE-based, in-flight connectivity service for airlines and passengers by the end of next year.

The Dallas-based communications giant says the service will be capable of providing in-flight broadband for customers, including fast, reliable Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment. After it launches, airlines can also expect improved connectivity solutions such as cockpit communications, maintenance operations and crew services.

To deliver the new service, AT&T plans to build an innovative, air-to-ground network in the continental United States, based on global 4G LTE standards, to provide fast speeds and efficient use of spectrum that AT&T already owns.

“Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet," said John Stankey, chief strategy officer at AT&T. “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."

AT&T plans to work with Honeywell to provide hardware and service capabilities to deliver the in-flight connectivity solution. 

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