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Delta Airlines launches Gogo

Delta Airlines are launching the Gogo inflight Internet service on their US internal flights. It can only work on internal flights as Aircell (who run the network) used a ground based transmission network. The system acts as an inflight WiFi hotspot.

VPN corporate access is allowed, but VoIP services are blocked (which probably means the VoIP block can be got around using a VPN tunnel – though FCC regulations don’t allow it).

The service costs a fixed fee of $9.95 for flights under 3 hours and $12.95 for flights over 3 hours. Though Delta are offering a promotion from Dec 16th through 31st where it’s free.

Planes have to be above 10,000 ft before the FCC allow operation.

Other airlines using Gogo are Virgin America, American Airlines and shortly Air Canada.

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station (Gaialive.com). I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

I'm also a Director of UKEC Ltd - the UK ENUM Consortium that is the governing body for ENUM in the UK.

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