Light Reading

AT&T Working On In-Flight LTE

Sarah Thomas
4/28/2014
50%
50%

WiFi is still making its way up 35,000 feet, but AT&T already has plans to embed its LTE network in airplanes for air-to-ground 4G in-flight connectivity.

The carrier said on Monday afternoon that it would launch an LTE-based in-flight connectivity system for airlines and passengers in commercial, business, and general aviation in late 2015. For passengers, the broadband service will include WiFi and entertainment. For the airline, it will bring improved cockpit communications, maintenance operations, and crew services, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) says.

AT&T doesn’t have aviation partners as of yet, but it's building the LTE network to work in the US on spectrum it already owns. It will announce availability and pricing information closer to the launch.

Why this matters
In-flight connectivity has become a priority for business and leisure travelers alike. While a lot of airline fleets have WiFi, the service often leaves much to be desired. AT&T says it will work with aerospace company Honeywell to improve the experience.

This move will pit AT&T against companies like GoGo that are well-entrenched in the airline industry with carrier partners, but it's a natural extension for the operator, which is also making a big push into connected cars. (See Volvo: AT&T HSPA+ Can Drive My Car and AT&T Tests Drivers' Desire to Pay for LTE.)

Related posts:

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(16)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
MikeP688
50%
50%
MikeP688,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/30/2014 | 2:55:39 PM
Re: Taking off
The issue, though, is relevancy and adaptability--and the premise of the WSJ as I saw it made that point.   
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
4/30/2014 | 2:45:34 PM
Re: Taking off
TiVo's situation and GoGo's are not comparable. TV networks and cable companies viewed TiVo as a competitive threat for years -- and perhaps they still do, to some extent. Also, TiVo setup was sufficiently complicated to make it intimidating for most people. Therefore, TiVo needed cooperation from cable companies to prosper, and that cooperation was mostly not forthcoming. 

In-fight wireles doesn't comare in that airlines benefit from in-flight wireless. There's no competition, real or perceived, with the airline business model. 
MikeP688
50%
50%
MikeP688,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/29/2014 | 7:55:19 PM
Re: Taking off
I saw that...almost 30%.    It was interesting the article in todays WSJ as it noted, "...Will Gogo go the way of TiVo?"==although Tivo began it all w/DVR, didn;t it :-)

 
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
4/29/2014 | 6:46:58 PM
Re: Taking off
Gogo stock is taking a beating over this
kq4ym
50%
50%
kq4ym,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/29/2014 | 4:57:56 PM
Re: Taking off
Honeywell Aviation as a leading manufacturer and developer of avionics and aviation devices for commercial and military use should certainly be a great partner with AT&T providing they both provide adequate resources to the in-flight services program. These two just may be able to take over the largest part of the commercial fleet if they stay competitive with upcoming products.
Liz Greenberg
50%
50%
Liz Greenberg,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/29/2014 | 12:03:40 PM
Re: Taking off
Oh Kruz...did you have to give them this brilliant idea???  But seriously, that is what they will probably do or link it to some "worthwhile" GB/month plan or the like.  Let's hope not.
MikeP688
50%
50%
MikeP688,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/29/2014 | 9:32:33 AM
Re: Taking off
As the GOGO CEO, he has to be optimistic and upbeat.    He does not have any other choice--does he?

 
Phil_Britt
100%
0%
Phil_Britt,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/29/2014 | 9:22:59 AM
Re: Taking off
I have to disagree. If AT&T is serious in this venture and puts enough human and financial resources behind it, GOGO might find it very hard to continue. There are already other competitors and the company's finances are somewhat iffy. 

Of course, it's also iffy that AT&T will indeed devote the necessary resources and stay nimble as this part of the market evoves.
Kruz
50%
50%
Kruz,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/29/2014 | 9:05:28 AM
Re: Taking off
I hope it will not take advantage of the poor WI-FI offering and charge the LTE usage as a premium service.
KBode
50%
50%
KBode,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/29/2014 | 8:45:08 AM
Re: AT&T video?
I've never had very good results myself, and I've not been particularly impressed with GoGo pricing, which seems to edge up ever so slightly over time. It's pretty doubtful AT&T's going to innovate anytime soon on pricing, but maybe they can craft a somewhat more efficient experience. GoGo does have a pretty good chunk of land staked out in the market though, will be interesting to see how/if AT&T's power (lobbying and otherwise) helps them make headway with airlines.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
From The Founder
Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
LRTV Custom TV
Global Services Forum Preview

8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
The Netformx Ecosystem

8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
LRTV Custom TV
Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
LRTV Custom TV
End-User or Enterprise Benefits to the New IP

7|30|15   |   04:27   |   (1) comment


Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
LRTV Custom TV
Network Visibility & the New IP

7|30|15   |   02:23   |   (0) comments


Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
Hot Topics
T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
CEO Chat With Bill Gates
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
Verizon Hums a Driving Tune
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/26/2015
Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 16, 2015
Wi-Fi First or Second?
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
Cats with Phones
Tastes Like Fish Click Here
Please hold while I lick the phone.