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Hotspots going sky-high

Sun, 07/31/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Connexion by Boeing is adding a wireless option to its in-flight high-speed data service.

To further that aim, Connexion said it has completed compatibility testing with Intel's Centrino technology, a WiFi platform for laptop configurations.

Connexion by Boeing is the first in-flight Internet service to achieve Wireless Verification Program certification from Intel. To date, Intel's program has verified 103 service operators that operate more than 70,000 hotspots.

"By verifying Connexion's service compatibility with Intel Centrino mobile technology and devices, we help ensure that air passengers have a consistent, high quality, in-flight Wi-Fi experience as they have come to expect and enjoy on the ground -- whether they are surfing the World Wide Web, watching live global television or connecting to a corporate VPN," said David Friedman, vice president of marketing and direct sales for Connexion by Boeing.

Connexion by Boeing has yet to score a deal with any U.S. carriers, but its service is supported on about 100 daily routes run by Lufthansa Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines. Long-range routes run by carriers such as Austrian Airlines, Korean Air, El Al, Asiana and Etihad are expected to come on-line with the service soon.

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