AT&T is planning to bring fast WiFi to future flights using an air-to-ground network in the U.S. based on 4G LTE standards. AT&T could have the network up and running as soon as 2015 if all goes according to planned. AT&T is partnering with Honeywell on this initiative. Honeywell will be providing “hardware and service capabilities.”
Real-time data from the aircraft can be transmitted to the ground for the airline’s use. The goal is to give travelers a speedy option for connecting to the Internet while flying, which seems to still be subpar technology.
“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,” stated AT&T chief strategy officer John Stankey.