BT, Excite to Develop In Flight Internet Gateway
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The new service will allow airline passengers to access the Internet via Excite, using either BTs IP-enhanced Skyphone or its ALIS communications and entertainment platform. Satellite access will give users a 64kbps link for browsing the Web, although frequently-used content will be cached on-board the aircraft.
"We are bringing full high-speed Internet access to passengers in flight," said Alam Gill, head of BT Aeronautical. "In developing an end-to-end IP solution, we have formed partnerships with the best players in the industry."
"Excite is a recognised leader in the delivery of Internet content. As our partner they will bring one of the vital pieces of this complex jigsaw puzzle allowing us to offer a robust, secure portal of customer specific content with the ability to carry out on-line transactions."
BT expects to introduce an IP-enhanced version of ALIS within 12 months. It will bring full access to the Internet right to the passenger seat.