In-flight Internet gets faster

In-flight Internet gets faster

Those who have taken flights have often lamented of the slow internet connection, but that soon may end as the proposal have faster in-flight internet speed has been approved. Frequent Flyers will rejoice at the news that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given Gogo their approval to increase in-flight WiFi speed of up to 70 Mbps. The approved speed increase is 20 times faster than the current speed used by most air crafts. In fact, it is even faster than most consumer broadband speed worldwide. This approval mean that Gogo, an aero-communications service provider, can launch a faster and smoother in-flight internet service this year. Gogo has provided internet service for up to 2,400 air crafts, and expects to install WiFi with a speed of 70 Mbps to around 500 planes by next, of which 7 are commercial flights.

Already 7 commercial airlines have signed up for a faster in-flight internet connection, which Gogo aims to install on the early parts of 2016. The reason behind this faster internet speed is that Gogo is using the new 2Ku satellite system. Currently, in-flight WiFi is supported by terrestrial radio towers, which works the same way as transmitters for cellular phones except that its antennas are pointing up in the sky. The 2Ku satellite system is supported by Ku-band satellites which orbits about 22,000 miles above the Earth. The main difference of the 2Ku satellite system from the terrestrial towers is that the extra antenna is dedicated solely to sending data to the satellite.

In-flight WiFi gives flyers mixed feelings. First, flyers are grateful that they could connect to the internet, and do what they have to do. At the start, having WiFi especially on commercial airlines seemed difficult to say the least. But, it has trudged on despite the challenges. The second feeling that most flyers get is frustration. Yeah, you got WiFi, but the speed can sometimes put a turtle to shame. Sometimes, just when you are in the middle of something interesting or crucial, the connection just stops. Having to share the bandwidth with several other passengers makes it even more frustrating. But now that FAA has approved a faster in-flight internet connection, passengers will get more comfortable and happy during the whole travel time.


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