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Lufthansa enable in-air broadband through deal with Deutsche Telekom
Wednesday 23 February 2011 15:21:17 by John Hunt

Broadband through the air will continue to grow this year as Lufthansa become the latest airline to start pushing their "flying hotspot" FlyNet service which offers broadband services on their long-haul flights. Through a partnership with Deutsche Telekom and Panasonic Avionics, the company can provide up to 5Mbps broadband on flights to customers using Wi-Fi. Since the service became available in December, they have seen average data volumes of 2.35 GB downloaded and 250 MB uploaded per flight.

Service is available in chunks of 10 minutes to Deutsche Telekom customers for €1.79. Other customers can pay via credit cart for one hour at €10.95 or €19.95 for 24 hours of access. This works out at a reasonable deal as this can be used in Lufthansa lounges at airports as well as on any connecting flights which have the FlyNet service enabled.

"The continued high level of interest in the new wireless services affirms our strategy. We want to offer our customers a fourth-generation mobile Internet experience that delivers high speed independently of which technology is available at the time of use, thus providing simplicity and outstanding service. Easy access via WiFi plays an important role in the 4G experience, whether at home, at points of interest or even on trains and planes, making long trips feel much shorter."

Olivier Baujard, (Chief Technology Officer) Deutsche Telekom

So far, only a select handful of long haul-flights across the North Atlantic have the FlyNet service, but it should be available on nearly all by the end of 2011.


Posted by otester over 6 years ago
We need something like this!
Posted by AndrueC over 6 years ago
They obviously don't want you to pay by the hour :)
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Sure this will change once people start hammering it.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
Lufthansa's second go at this. I flew and used their wifi a few years ago, paid for it with miles from what I remember.
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
I beleive you can do miles on this again.
Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
This is very reasonable! Going a 10hr long haul flight works out at less than 2 euros an hour, not including any usage you have at connecting airports in the departure gate.

But I have visions of a few dozen people hammering the connection and speeds crawling to a stop
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Their system should split the bandwidth equally so this won't be a problem, I was referring to the cost of usage on their part, depends how it's supplied to them I guess.
Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
I'll hazard a guess at satellite. There's be a built in dish at the nose of the plane along with equipment that communicates with the towers on the ground.

But I did hear of Virgin America using base stations on the ground, so perhaps they might use them too. Delivery seems a mystery.
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