Plans Finally in Place for Speedy In-Flight WiFi in Europe
June 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM
We’ve been enjoying the wonders of in-flight WiFi for a few years now, but unfortunately those travelers doing their thing in the skies above Europe have not had the same pleasure. Thankfully it looks like things are about to change, as there are plans to flip the switch on some new—and speedy—in-flight connectivity across the pond.
Inmarsat is the company behind the new travel technology, and it sounds like their aiming to have things up and running by the end of 2016. Connections will have speeds in the 4G range, so things should be improved when compared to what we have here at home. All in all setting up the network should cost around $550 million, and that includes new satellites, new towers, and other bits and pieces related to the transmission process.
Where things get interesting is that British Airways is already in talks to utilize the new service on their flights. In the past they’ve been hesitant to sign on for something like this, as the slow speeds and what not didn’t seem worth it.
We’re still years away before your British Airways—and other—flights are beaming those wonderful WiFi waves; however, it sounds like things are very much in progress at this point and we have Inmarsat to thank.