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Telstra trialling 4G inflight wi-fi

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 12, 2014
The Skiinet antenna installation. (Telstra)
The Skiinet antenna installation. (Telstra)

Australia’s largest telco Telstra is conducting flight tests that would allow inflight wi-fi access using 4G mobile phone technology.

The technology, dubbed ‘Skinet’, uses four specially-built mobile phone tower sites with upwards-facing antennas located underneath the Melbourne-Sydney flightpath and a specially-fitted antenna on the aircraft.

Telstra executive director of networks Mike Wright said Telstra was exploring the “possible economics around building a nationwide, commercial LTE network in the sky”.

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“We were able to successfully establish and maintain data connections, achieving a maximum data throughput of 15 Mbps, with an average throughput around 10 Mbps,” Wright wrote on the Telstra Exchange blog.

The tests were conducted using a Cessna and a private jet flying between Australia’s two most populous cities, according to the Australian Financial Review.

Wright said high-speed broadband could be used not only by passengers to get online but also for a range of “remote monitoring and control applications”.

Additional tests are slated for later in 2014.

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2 Comments

  • Raymond

    says:

    Is something like this already operational in any other countries?

  • stephen a

    says:

    why dont we fix the on ground before we worry about the air

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Telstra trialling 4G inflight wi-fi

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 12, 2014
The Skiinet antenna installation. (Telstra)
The Skiinet antenna installation. (Telstra)

Australia’s largest telco Telstra is conducting flight tests that would allow inflight wi-fi access using 4G mobile phone technology.

The technology, dubbed ‘Skinet’, uses four specially-built mobile phone tower sites with upwards-facing antennas located underneath the Melbourne-Sydney flightpath and a specially-fitted antenna on the aircraft.

Telstra executive director of networks Mike Wright said Telstra was exploring the “possible economics around building a nationwide, commercial LTE network in the sky”.

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“We were able to successfully establish and maintain data connections, achieving a maximum data throughput of 15 Mbps, with an average throughput around 10 Mbps,” Wright wrote on the Telstra Exchange blog.

The tests were conducted using a Cessna and a private jet flying between Australia’s two most populous cities, according to the Australian Financial Review.

Wright said high-speed broadband could be used not only by passengers to get online but also for a range of “remote monitoring and control applications”.

Additional tests are slated for later in 2014.

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25% off starts now! Australian Aviation magazine Cyber Monday sale is now live. Have the very best of Australian Aviation’s annual print and digital subscription. This includes every In Focus and Behind the Lens digital magazine, special coverage, exclusive photos and editions you may have miss. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

2 Comments

  • Raymond

    says:

    Is something like this already operational in any other countries?

  • stephen a

    says:

    why dont we fix the on ground before we worry about the air

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Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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