If you’ve ever used Wi-Fi on a plane, you know the service can be spotty at best — and the more people that are on it, the worse the service becomes. Exede technology is poised to address that problem with Exede in the Air, a new service launching in 2013 on JetBlue and United Airlines aircraft.
Unlike other in-flight Wi-Fi services that rely on ground-based towers or older forms of satellite technology, Exede in the Air taps the power of ViaSat-1 — the world’s most powerful communications satellite. The same technology that delivers 12 Mbps consumer Internet to homes is now available to passengers in-flight. The high-capacity satellite system can drive high penetration rates while sustaining a high quality of service to each passenger regardless of how many people use it.
Through a partnership with LiveTV, Exede service will offer airline passengers on more than 400 JetBlue and United aircraft the best in-flight broadband yet.