The deal with Boeing marks a major communications advancement. Gordon grabs a word with Thomas Agostino, Intel's Director of Mobile Marketing, to find out more.
TR: Basically, we are talking about simplification then. So how does the new system work and how can users connect in-flight ?
”TA: An antenna mounted on top of the aircraft fuselage locks onto a signal relayed from a geo-synchronous satellite. This relays transmissions to and from the plane as it travels at speeds up to and exceeding 500 miles per hour. The satellite communicates with ground stations, from which the signal is carried securely through to the Internet and back. The traveller connects in precisely the same way as they would connect using their wireless connection on the ground.”
TR: That is really cool, I have to say. – what applications and content will passengers be able to access through Connexion by Boeing?
”TA: Ok, let’s list them: A high-speed broadband email service that allows passengers to quickly send and receive an unlimited volume of files, including large attachments, directly from their existing e-mail accounts. The same instant messaging services they enjoy while on the ground to keep in touch with friends and family, or to book a hotel last minute.Web access at speeds comparable to what travellers experience in their home or office broadband environment. Which opens up an almost unlimited array of news, financial, entertainment (such as downloading music, watching movies or live TV) and shopping experiences for travellers. The Connexion by Boeing portal, which offers customers a variety of free services and content. They also can find answers to common questions about the service and contact a Customer Care representative through the portal in order to take full advantage of the service. Even free or pay-per-view premium television and radio programmes delivered directly by the airline to individual passengers.”
TR: Be great getting caught downloading illegal music at 50,000 feet! I wonder if the law even covers that particular scenario?! This is great stuff though and I have to ask what is the next step?
”TA: It has to be battery life. Airlines need to make dual core power accessible for really long range flights where existing notebook battery life (around 5 hours) may not be enough.”
So thanks very much to Thomas Agostino, and if you want to use the Connexion By Boeing service next time you are whizzing through the sky you will be interested to know the service comes in at very reasonable rates. For a long haul International flight access will cost just $29.95 with a lower rate of $19.95 for flights of less than six hours. A pay-per-minute option includes a 60 minute starter package for $9.95 and charges 25 cent per minute thereafter. You can check out the official site from the link below. For now it is Adios, Ciao, Au Revoir, Word! or Goodbye, depending on which country you are jetting off to 🙂