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Wi-Fi Access on International Flights by Aircell

Itasca-based Aircell said it is upgrading its service and will launch technology allowing international service by 2015.

Gogo Wi-Fi service of Aircel is accessible on a number of carriers, counting United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. It presently utilizes a land-based system, where base stations attach with Wi-Fi hotspots on aircraft. Passengers are able to acquire the service on their flight, contacting the Web on laptops or mobile gadgets.

It will develop its air-to-ground network and increase per-aircraft capability by about four times, permitting for quicker links. This upgraded technology will be accessible in the first half of 2012 and is backwards well-matched with the systems on aircraft, the company said.

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Aircell also said it is rolling out satellite technology that will allowing Gogo service in the continental U.S. by 2013 and worldwide by 2015, giving Wi-Fi to passengers on international flights. This move more ups the competition among Aircell and Row 44, which gives a satellite-based Wi-Fi service occupied by Southwest Airlines.

The company said, over 6,000 business and commercial aircraft have Aircell technology.

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