It’s no secret that at extremely high altitudes, Wi-Fi connectivity speeds will resemble something from the time when you started using dial-up. However, American Airlines has started a partnership with an internet service provider that will get rid of all those issues in a few months’ period. Previously, the company decided to end its contract with an internet service provider by the name of Gogo, because American Airlines managed to find something that could provide passengers with higher internet speeds compared to those being served by Gogo.
Gogo decided to provide its 2Ku service in order to keep that partnership alive. This particular service harnesses the power of satellites instead of land-based towers to provide wireless connectivity to passengers. With this service, Gogo stated that the total internet bandwidth could reach 70Mbps but that is where the problems lies. With 70Mbps of internet bandwidth being distributed amongst hundreds of passengers, there is absolutely no way that you could enjoy even a small browsing session with a high satisfaction rating.
That is where the partnership between American Airlines and ViaSat come into consideration because this service provider is able to offer something to passengers that Gogo is remotely unable to accomplish; providing 12Mbps of internet speeds per airplane seat.
Instead of dividing the bandwidth amongst users, passengers are going to experience 12Mbps of connectivity speeds on each seat, meaning that apart from experiencing a seamless browsing session, American Airlines will also be ensuring that you will be able to enjoy video streaming as well. Slashgear did not manage to get a price quote regarding the amount of money that passengers would have to pay to start experiencing these internet connection speeds, but we are certain that it will cost a lot.
Due to its expensive prices, in-flight Wi-Fi is only recommended to those who can afford it or need to be connected to the World Wide Web as a last resort to carry out something important. If you don’t desperately need to use it, then you’re better off enjoying the in-flight movie.