Airline partners and specific launch plans have yet to be announced

AT&T is set to take on the likes of Gogo in a battle for in-flight Wifi, as the carrier announced its plans to offer a service based on its current LTE network. Starting in late 2015, AT&T will begin to implement a new air-to-ground communication between planes and its existing LTE network to provide in-flight Wifi and entertainment to passengers flying in the U.S. (notably omitting international flights). The service will utilize spectrum that AT&T already owns, and the carrier will be partnering with Honeywell to make sure everything goes according to plan.

John Stankey, Chief Strategy Officer at AT&T, had this to say:

"Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet. We are building on AT&T's significant strengths to develop in-flight connectivity technology unlike any other that exists today, based on 4G LTE standards. We believe this will enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience. We expect this service to transform connectivity in the aviation industry – we are truly mobilizing the sky."

It isn't clear at this time what airlines AT&T will be partnering with, but the carrier indicates that it "will build on existing relationships within the aviation industry to deliver a better customer experience than what is available from others today." Anyone who has used in-flight Wifi from any provider knows that it can be a hit-or-miss experience, so a new competitor in this space building on a strong existing network could make things interesting.

Source: AT&T (BusinessWire)


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AT&T to launch in-flight Wifi service with air-to-ground LTE in 2015


It will probably be a feature added to your account for a small monthly fee.

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But AT&T does that to save its own network by offloading traffic to public Wifi, not to provide a crazy free bit of value for customers.

I agree with this. It would need to be all AT&T customers, too, and not just those on Mobile Share Value plans, as they are so famous for doing.

This would be a huge positive for me. I spend a ton of time on planes, and I can get a lot of work done on my Chromebook if the connection is reasonable.

Most US based airlines have invested already in installing the requisite equipment for a specific provider, I highly doubt they will pony up to change to at&t.


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Southwest uses Row44 for their In-flight Wi-Fi which is satellite based and I highly doubt they will rip out that system to replace it with a system by at&t.


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Sounds good. For At&t.
Or is it open wifi for anyone who pays for it on the flight

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