ITYT Travel Forums  

Go Back   ITYT Travel Forums > General Travel Topics > General Travel > Travel Technology
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-01-2003, 08:38 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: iah
Posts: 15
Lufthansa begins high-speed, two-way Internet service in Jan

Aviation Week is reporting in their December 23, 2002 issue that Lufthansa is rolling out high-speed Internet access using Connexion, by Boeing.

This service offers 20 megabits/sec down to the plane, and one megabit/sec up. It uses two conformal Ku-band phased-array antennas mounted aft of the 747 hump. With this antenna, it doesn't work well about 75 degress North latitude, which is OK for Lufthansa, but not for some transpacific flights. Boeing is working with Mitsubishi on a new antenna.

This is really cool: The interior server and distribution network conform to the 802.11b wireless standard. Lufthansa says they can serve both wired and wireless systems. Boeing doesn't want to get locked into an outdated IFE system, so they're basing their stuff on open standards. There will be wired access at each seat and wireless access through laptops and PDAs.

It's free for the first three months. British Airways anticipates charging about US$32 for Internet access on a London-New York flight.

The original three US carriers that backed out of Connexion after 9/11 are AA, UA and Delta, so it may be quite some time before we see this service on domestic flights in the US.

Karl

PS - They don't anticipate people spending 15 hours on the Internet on a 15 hour flight to Japan. They didn't count on dbaker, though.
__________________

karl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2003, 12:06 AM   #2
Senior Member
ITYT Captain
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: IAH/HOU
Posts: 2,354
The real question is:

How long before someone gets a Linksys combination router/wi-fi AP going with emPower and starts reselling wireless Internet access on planes for $10/flight?
dbaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:57 PM.



Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0