In-Flight Internet Speeds Up With Gogo

Service set to accelerate Wi-Fi service on flights

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Faster Internet service will come in handy if you’re looking forward to getting more work done on your next flight. Passengers of Virgin Air, Delta and US Airways were the first to get speedier service from Internet provider Gogo and the company is preparing to launch in-flight Wi-Fi service that is three times faster than their current speed for more airlines including American and United by the end of 2013.

Gogo is inching closer to speeding up Internet service on airlines, which is close to competitor Row 44’s 11 megabytes per second (Mbps), which is only available on Southwest Airlines and home connections of about 15 Mbps, reports Mashable. Their old system runs on the air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity with 3.1 Mbps, but is moving to ATG-4 with 9.8 Mbps. The ATG-4 will be improved by dual modems, directional antennas, and the EV-DO Rev. B wireless standard, which is a faster version of the standard that powers Verizon and Sprint’s 3G networks.

The downside to a faster service is that the price will rise from about $10 to $17.95.  Also, video streaming and Skype won’t be available, but if you’re missing your Netflix and Hulu accounts, the Gogo Vision service will offer a variety of television shows and movies.

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