AT&T Bails Out of in-flight WiFi

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U.S. telco pulls plug on ambitious plan to build air-to-ground 4G network.
AT&T has abandoned its in-flight connectivity plan before take-off, opting instead to plough money into M&A.

The U.S. telco announced in April an ambitious scheme to build an air-to-ground LTE network and use it as the backhaul for an on-board WiFi service for airlines. AT&T partnered with the aerospace arm of conglomerate Honeywell to tap its hardware and software expertise.

“With AT&T’s planned new network, passengers would gain the reliability they have long hoped for in the sky – for browsing the Internet, checking email, keeping in touch with friends and family through social networking and messaging services, and increasing business productivity,” said AT&T, at the time.

AT&T planned to launch the service in late 2015, but it appears that is no longer the case. Original post at Totaltelecom

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