AirCell Puts Broadband In Your Cabin
AirCell, the airborne telecommunications manufacturer, last week said the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted its request for specific radio frequencies, enabling the company to provide exclusive broadband connectivity to U.S. airlines and business aircraft beginning in early 2008. The company said its initial service offerings to the airline market will include wireless Internet connectivity and airline operational communications capabilities; services available for business aviation operators at about the same time will be similar. AirCell said its current customers with an AirCell Axxess communications system can add the forthcoming broadband link by installing the appropriate radio and a small, air-to-ground antenna.
Jack W. Blumenstein, AirCell president & CEO, said, “Receiving this exclusive air-to-ground broadband license is a historic event in the airborne telecommunications industry. In just over a year, the flying public will have the ability to use their own Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and PDA’s to communicate just like they do on the ground.” AirCell’s FCC license means it will be the exclusive U.S. provider for the broadband service; service throughout Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean is expected at about the same time as the U.S. connections come on line.