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ZTE discusses 2+1 vendor strategy

SHENZHEN, China--As ZTE Corp. pursues smaller carriers to advance its position in the United States, the company is also trying to expand its alliance with Qualcomm Inc. for broadband services on airlines beyond the United States. Like its sister Chinese network vendor Huawei, ZTE realizes...

Case Study: Mobile broadband at 35,000 feet

Aircell is the world's leading provider of airborne communications. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo, revolutionized the...

Southwest Airlines to test satellite-based Wi-Fi service: In-flight wireless Internet offerings powered by Row 44

Some Southwest Airlines customers will now be free to move around the Web.The Dallas-based airline said on Tuesday it will offer in-flight Internet access to customers, but is using different technology than its competitors. Southwest said it will be the first airline to test...

United Airlines to offer Aircell’s Gogo wireless Internet service: Airline expects to launch in-flight Internet offering later this year

United Airlines has become the latest carrier to agree to offer Aircell L.L.C.'s Gogo in-flight Internet services to its passengers.The airline will offer the air-to-ground broadband service in the second half of this year on some transcontinental flights between New York and California, Aircell...

Wi-Fi pie in the sky?: New entrant sees clear flying for broadband offering

Aircell L.L.C. CEO Jack Blumenstein looks into the future of in-flight Internet services and sees an aircraft devoid of television monitors or screens on the back of seats. Blumenstein envisions travelers watching movies, playing games or surfing the Web by connecting their own personal...

In-flight Internet arrives on Delta Air Lines

Following American Airlines and Virgin America, Delta Air Lines will become the latest airline to offer in-flight Internet service to its customers.The airline, which recently merged with Northwest Airlines, will be offering the service through Aircell's Gogo network starting today on select flights, Aircell...

EMS nabs Formation for in-flight Internet in $55M deal

A Georgia company that provides wireless connectivity solutions plans to enter the in-flight Internet market for airlines and business aircraft owners by buying a defense contract company for $55 million.EMS Technologies announced today that it has agreed to acquire New Jersey-based Formation Inc. for...

In-flight Internet firm aims to expand with entertainment

With Aircell's in-flight Internet service off the ground, the company is looking to expand the service to international airlines and have a total of 2,000 aircraft equipped with its Gogo service by the end of next year.The company is also looking to expand its...

Aircell wins Virgin America airline in-flight Wi-Fi contract

Virgin America is the latest airline to offer travelers in-flight Internet services powered by Aircell's network.The service is available on select flights and the airline is expecting to add additional routes by the end of the year. Virgin America also said the service will...

Aircell hooks ZTE, Qualcomm to bolster Gogo

Aircell has teamed with ZTE USA Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. to create a networking platform for Aircell's Gogo in-flight Internet service.Since August passengers on some transcontinental American Airline flights have been able to surf the Internet using the Aircell service. More airlines are planning...

AirCell broadens reach of in-flight Internet service

AirCell Inc. has added its first major airline outside of the United States in its quest to outfit as many aircraft with its mobile broadband service that provides Internet access to travelers.AirCell announced an agreement with Air Canada, which will roll out AirCell's Gogo...

AirCell flying high with airline Internet service

A decision to show up in Washington, D.C., nearly two years ago is starting to pay off for AirCell Inc. as it attempts to revolutionize the way people stay connected through air travel.Last month, American Airlines launched its Internet program powered by AirCell's Gogo,...

American Airlines launches Aircell service

Passengers on coast-to-coast American Airlines flights can now sit back and surf the Web.The world's largest airline said it has teamed up with Aircell to provide Internet access to passengers on flights between New York and San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and...

Aircell courts airliners with Wi-Fi

Aircell L.L.C. has flipped the switch on its wireless network for U.S. airline passengers.The air-to-ground network links Wi-Fi access points aboard airliners with cell sites, allowing passengers to access the Web in flight. The Louisville, Colo.-based firm said the network was completed in January...

Verizon to shut off Airfone service

NEW YORK—Phones stored in the back of airplane seats operated by Verizon Communications Inc. will be shut down by the end of this year. Verizon plans to shut down much of its Airfone business, which has been offering air-to-ground communications for about 20 years,...

ATG auction ends, AirCell affiliate, JetBlue’s LiveTV pay $38.3M for licenses

WASHINGTON-It took nearly a month but the Federal Communications Commission's auction of 800 MHz spectrum is over after 144 rounds. Winning bids totaled $38.3 million for the two licenses to offer air-to-ground services. Early on, AC BidCo L.L.C., an affiliate of AirCell Inc., won...

ATG auction ends, AirCell affiliate and JetBlue’s LiveTV on top

WASHINGTON—It took nearly a month but the Federal Communications Commission’s auction of 800 MHz spectrum is over after 144 rounds. Winning bids totaled $38.3 million for the two licenses to offer air-to-ground services. Early on, AC BidCo L.L.C., an affiliate of AirCell Inc., won...

AirCell affiliate pays $31M for ATG spectrum

WASHINGTON-With a $31.3 million offer, AC BidCo L.L.C., an affiliate of AirCell Inc., looks to be the winner of a 3-megahertz license to offer air-to-ground services in the 800 MHz band. Bidding continues between Space Data Spectrum Holdings L.L.C. and JetBlue's LiveTV L.L.C. for...

JetBlue’s LiveTV on top for one-megahertz ATG license

WASHINGTON—With a $31.3 million offer, AC BidCo L.L.C., an affiliate of AirCell Inc., looks to be the winner of a 3-megahertz license to offer air-to-ground services in the 800 MHz band. Bidding continues between Space Data Spectrum Holdings L.L.C. and JetBlue’s LiveTV L.L.C. for...

AirCell affiliate on top of 3 MHz license with $31M bid

WASHINGTON—Bidding on a 3-megahertz license to offer air-to-ground services in the 800 MHz band appears to be over as AC BidCo L.L.C., an affiliate of AirCell Inc., looks to be the winner with a $31 million offer. Bidding is continuing between Space Data Spectrum...

JetBlue, Acadia top ATG auction bidders, Verizon Airfone exits

JetBlue's LiveTV L.L.C. was the top bidder at $506,000 at the end of round 29 for a one-megahertz license to offer air-to-ground services in the 800 MHz band.LiveTV's bid corresponds with a high bid from Acadia Broadband L.P. at the end of round 30...

JetBlue’s LiveTV top ATG bidder, Verizon Airfone drops out

WASHINGTON—JetBlue’s LiveTV L.L.C. was the top bidder at $506,000 at the end of round 29 for a one-megahertz license to offer air-to-ground services in the 800 MHz band. LiveTV’s bid corresponds with a high bid from Acadia Broadband L.P. at the end of round...

AirCell affiliate, Space Data lead bidding for air-to-ground licenses

WASHINGTON—AC BidCo L.L.C., an affiliate of AirCell Inc., is currently the top bidder at more than $13 million for a three-megahertz license to offer air-to-ground services in the 800 MHz band. AC BidCo’s bid at the end of round 16 corresponds with a high...

FCC to resume air-to-ground auction

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to restart the bidding in the government’s air-to-ground auction after action had been suspended at the end of round eight Thursday. At the end of round eight the high bidders were Unison Spectrum L.L.C. and Space Data Spectrum...

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