Ka-band to Provide WiFi Access on Transoceanic Flights by 2015?

The vast majority of my infrequent air travel is over an ocean. So, I’ve never had access to in-flight WiFi for more than a few minutes at the beginning or ending of a flight (usually during the period when you are told to put away all eletronic gear). However, I may get WiFi access on these over-the-ocean flights in the not too distant future according to a couple of items mentioned in this PC World article that focuses on increased in-flight WiFi speeds.

Aircell to Boost In-flight Wi-Fi Speed

Here are the two sentences that I found particularly interesting:

Satellite uplinks will also allow Aircell to offer services outside the continental U.S., on carriers based both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The Ka-band system will be available in the continental U.S. in 2013 and around the world in 2015, according to Aircell.

The Ka-band (pronounced Kay-A Band) is the frequency band used by communications satellites. I have my doubts about how useful it will be in-flight. However, I’ll certainly give it a try when and if it becomes available in a few years.

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