When it comes to offering WiFi in the sky, airlines enjoy a situational monopoly. Still, this takes the cake: A Singapore Airlines passenger stepped off a plane, looked at his phone and discovered a bill for $1,171.46.
Do you think in-flight Wi-Fi is too expensive? So do passengers who filed a class-action suit against Gogo alleging an illegal monopoly — and a judge thinks they might have a case.
Gogo and its inflight broadband service went public last week. At the time of the offering it was valued at about $1.5 billion, but today it is valued at $1.2 billion despite having a near monopoly on U.S. inflight broadband.
Airline passengers failed to show GoGo has an illegal monopoly on in-flight prices even though the company’s ten-year contracts affect 85% of all wired airplanes.
Will there be a day when we shall see commercial planes connecting to the Internet at LTE speeds? A recent test by Ericsson gives hope to the possibility, though it is more likely that superfast trains are more likely to see LTE speeds.
Qualcomm’s wireless technologies already dominate the mobile broadband networks on U.S. land. Now it wants to dominate the skies above it. Qualcomm is petitioning the FCC to clear a huge swathe of spectrum for an airplane broadband network supporting the eye-popping bandwidth of 300 Gbps.
Gogo, an in-flight Wi-fi company, has become the dominant provider of connectivity in the skies and now it’s looking to raise up to $100 million in an IPO. The company plans to use the money to generate working capital and address other general corporate needs.
Wireless Internet access on planes is helping to make those long flights bearable, but so too are the influx of personal media devices such as smartphones and tablets. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to buy content in-flight and take it with you after landing!
Hipmunk, the hot flight-finding service, has added in-flight Wi-Fi as a new metric for travelers. Sure, this is an indication of how deep the web has sunk its talons into us, but working on flights has become pretty much the standard in many offices.
Aircell, the parent of in-flight WiFi provider Gogo has raised $35 million in its latest big round of funding. The funding comes as the fast…