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Wi-Fi in the Sky: Thaicom Launches Asia-Pacific In-Flight Connectivity Service
The first flight to use Thaicom’s new satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service in Asia-Pacific took off from Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport today. The service, which uses Ku-band and is now fully operational, provides broadband on commercial flights for Thailand’s number one premium low cost airline, Nok Air.
Journalists and regular passengers on board Nok Air flight DD7510 from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Phuket, Thailand, had the opportunity to be the first to use the service and access the Internet while airborne.
Thaicom is now enabling Nok Air’s passengers to receive broadband Internet via Wi-Fi and satellite, giving them access for web browsing, sending and receiving emails, using social media and reading the news. The agreement with Nok Air is initially for six aircraft, with a plan to expand the service to the whole fleet of 22 aircraft within three years. With 48,000 flights per year, six million Nok Air passengers could benefit from the newly launched, value-added service, which is capable of delivering 3G-like speed for a superior broadband experience.
The IFC solution is developed in partnership with Global Eagle Entertainment, a leading provider of satellite-based in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions to commercial passenger aircraft, and marks the first step in Thaicom’s recently announced “New Frontiers” campaign, which will see the growth of its portfolio in mobility services, designed for on-the-move communications on land, at sea and in the air.
Thaicom has almost 25 years of operational and technical experience for providing premium satellite communication services.
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