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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > In-Flight Internet Will Use Satellite Spectrum

In-Flight Internet Will Use Satellite Spectrum

In-Flight Internet Will Use Satellite Spectrum

Added: Friday, May 17th, 2013
Category: Geek Zone > Technology News
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.com, 2013
If regulators approve a Qualcomm proposal to use satellites for in-flight Internet, the wi-fly speeds could soon match speeds on the Earth.

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According to numerous press reports, Qualcomm is currently pushing the Federal Communications Commission to free up airwaves used by the satellite industry for commercial use. However, it is admitted that the system is still years away – even if the Federal Communications Commission approves it, the company will have plenty of work to do before using it.

Qualcomm pointed out in its regulatory filing that mobile broadband demand on board aircraft was exploding, even more than it is on the ground. The wireless-technology company complained that modern in-flight communication systems are either too expensive, or too slow to satisfy the demand of mobile users, because people today are spoiled by terrestrial 4G speeds.

The industry experts admit that the move could revolutionize in-flight entertainment, because it would practically allow everyone to stream whenever and whatever they want. Taking into account the fact that airline companies aren’t exactly known for good taste when it comes to entertainment, high speed wi-fly could be appreciated by frequent fliers. In addition, it could also allow business travellers to participate in video conferences while flying over the Atlantic. This will surely increase productivity, though annoying everyone else on board in the process.

Anyway, satellite companies are not actually happy about the prospect of more competition, especially from such a heavyweight as Qualcomm. They insist they still need their airwaves and claim that Qualcomm’s gear would interfere with their own services.


By:
SaM
May 17th,2013

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, May 17th, 2013



Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

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posted by (2013-05-18 02:54:01)
mini_super_nova avatarGreat stuff internet on the plane is coming back and with a twist this time, even if we have to wait for a while longer! I used it in its rudimentary state years ago on flights to and from Asia on 747's, was slow, but worked and was awesome! $39.95 for the entire flight or $9.95 for an hour as I recalled. They took the systems down, because to what the article says, too expensive, too slow and 1 single internet system for 1 plane cost $500k, so you can imagine it did not pay to install and use them with a small user base. When it comes back and with fast speeds and reasonable prices, how cool will it be sitting on a plane and to send / receive proper e-mails, do your work, skype with people in-flight (given that you will use a headset and micro to not disturb your neighbors), imagine "hey dude, check this out, we are flying over Mount Everest" ..pointing web cam out of plane window....but can you imagine a plane load of Extratorrent-ers downloading their daily fix on a long haul flight? The whole plane's bandwidth allowance / traffic would break down, and if you are flying, are you in 'safe' territory, legally? I mean are you in / above international territory, or, technically, depending on the airline you use, on their 'soil' and under their laws? Or will Qualcomm (or similar future providers )be held and hold you responsible for when you download stuff on a plane? Oh man, and I have not even touched on the matter of porn yet...lots of heavy blankets (or lavatory) use with proper internet on planes..AHAHAHA...it's gonna be wild...can't wait..bring it on, I am happy to pay for it (usage fees I mean)!

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posted by (2013-05-19 19:50:55)
johntannersmith avatarThanks @1...comment made me laugh....9 inch tablet in toilet...mile high club!!!!!

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posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-05-20 12:50:33)
tonymengela avatarI'm laughing because the technology has already been around since 1996, all this public news is just smoke and mirrors, The military has been using the earth for point to point unlimited bandwidth from the beginning and use transmitting towers that bounce signals into the ionosphere that can be picked up anywhere. what civilians use is stone age tech by comparison, and yes these companies, all of them have the tech as they are all really under the same trust in the end, these different companies are set up to create a false choice to appear as no monopoly exists. one simple evidence of my words here is simply that the pilots have full on communications and access at unlimited speed as every jet can be remotely controlled, thats why I laugh when I see that some terrorist took over a jet and flew into a building with impossible maneuvering ability with only prop plain training!



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