AT&T to Launch Inflight Internet Product, Challenge GoGo in Domestic Market

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    Earlier this afternoon, AT&T T +0.97% announced that it was partnering with Honeywell to bring a new inflight internet product to the nation’s skies. Based off of the carrier’s LTE network, the system would take advantage of AT&T’s current infrastructure to deliver 4G speeds from the ground to a local in-flight network. Passengers won’t be able to connect to their mobile phone network for calls or data usage, but the transfer speeds will be much faster than the current mainstream Gogo technology — around that of a “home or small office” according to Honeywell’s Bill Kircos.

    As many frequent travelers know, Gogo’s current air-to-ground (ATG) network is hampered by limited bandwidth. Only about 6% of users on flights equipped with Gogo WiFi actually use the service — any more would result in the network slowing to an unusable crawl. So any improvement to the current bandwidth landscape would be welcomed by consumers.

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