Internet through Wi-Fi facility in aircraft was subject to a lot of criticism in recent times due to its slow speed. However, Internet executives in Singapore say that the situation could change in the near future and passengers will be allowed to surf the web as if they were in a coffee shop.
These days, airlines are rolling out such facilities in order to attract more passengers. The service can be provided with the help of satellite technology. The statement was made by some industry leaders at the recent Singapore Airshow, as an increased number of passengers are demanding Wi-Fi during their flights.
Honeywell Aerospace and Gogo is one of the companies that supplies in-flight connectivity systems. The US-based company is teaming up with the satellite giant Inmarsat in order to launch the first global high-speed broadband for the skies, which is also known as the Global Xpress Aviation network.
The president of Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific, Briand Greer said that the in-flight Wi-Fi can generate $2.8 billion for the company alone in the next 20 years. The president also estimated that at the moment, 7% to 8% of the airlines offer wireless connection, but the number is expected to grow to 25% by 2018.
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