AT&T announced Monday its intentions to deliver 4G LTE service to airliners in 2014. The carrier said that the connectivity will help provide faster Wi-Fi that can be used to power in-flight entertainment systems and, presumably, allow flyers to use their own devices. AT&T explained a bit on how it plans to deploy the service.
“AT&T plans to build an innovative air-to-ground network in the continental United States, based on global 4G LTE standards, to provide fast speeds and efficient utilization of spectrum already owned by AT&T,” the company said. We hope that means that we’ll no longer be limited to specific functions while flying. Gogo, for example, doesn’t allow you to stream Netflix or other services, like HBO Go, in an effort to make sure there’s enough data throughput for everyone on the flight. Hopefully, with a faster connection, customers won’t face those sort of limitations.
AT&T did not name any airline partners, but said it’s going to deliver service to both business aviation and commercial airlines. The company said it will discuss pricing closer to deployment of the service, and we hope that means there will be discounts to customers of AT&T’s home internet and wireless services.