Aeromobile launches world’s first 3G inflight connectivity

Kevin Rogers, Aeromobile CEO.
Kevin Rogers, Aeromobile CEO.

AeroMobile, working in conjunction with Panasonic Avionics, has launched the first inflight 3G network.

It says the inflight 3G network operating over Panasonic’s Ku-band satellite service enables a range of services and a quality that is much closer to that experienced on the ground.

Aeromobile says the 3G inflight connectivity provides faster browsing, bigger attachments, quicker posts, more responsive apps and gaming.

It adds that while 3G has been established for some time on the ground, deploying 3G over a satellite network is a challenge, both technically and commercially.

Kevin Rogers, Aeromobile’s CEO, spoke to “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols at this September’s APEX Expo in Portland, Oregon and said that it had a major development in the pipeline, but no other information was available.

Rogers says that Airberlin’s entire fleet will have the 3G service installed on its Airbus A330-200s, the first aircraft to currently enjoy the higher speeds the technology provides.

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AeroMobile will start to roll-out 3G connectivity across other partner airlines in the months ahead.

Rogers added: “After enabling the first ever inflight connectivity with a mobile phone on a commercial aircraft in 2008, it’s extremely exciting that we now offer passengers 3G connectivity – another world first.

“This provides a significant change to the speed of connectivity for passengers using their phones inflight and supports their desire to always be connected.”

AeroMobile now has more than 320 roaming agreements with operators in 146 countries.

The service is easy to use; passengers simply turn on their phone to connect to the onboard 3G network and are billed directly by their home operator.

The service is currently available on Aer Lingus, Air France, Alitalia, Emirates, Etihad Airlines, EVA Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Malindo Air, Qatar Airways, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Virgin Atlantic.

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