European Virgin Atlantic to offer broadband in-flight at 70Mbps

Virgin Atlantic would become the first European air carrier to offer in-flight connectivity on-board with speeds of up to 70 Mbps. Richard Branson’s airline would be offering the new service in the middle of next year. The service deploys GoGo’s in-flight connectivity technology called 2Ku. It will make use of the latest Ku-band satellite antennas, which are more efficient and smaller. It uses a mix of ground-based and space-based stations to deliver internet access on-board the aircraft. It operates, as other Ku-band services, in the 12 to 18 GHz range of the microwave spectrum.

Upgrades using spot-beam satellites in future could deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps on shared capacity. Apparently a huge improvement over the current solutions, that deliver only a few Megabits, which cannot really be shared. Virgin Atlantic has reportedly invested £300 million to upgrade its fleet of aircrafts with new services.

Brand Director of Virgin Atlantic, Reuben Arnold, said they have always looked at ways to enhance on-board experience. Expanding of in-flight connectivity in their fleet, with GoGo’s connectivity solution, to their customers is one of the ways, he added.

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