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CES 2014: Sky no longer the limit for in-flight Internet service

Published on Jan 10, 2014 12:45 PM

LAS VEGAS (AFP) - Even over the moonscape Nevada desert, even in a 1950s seaplane, the Internet is there.

Flying from Las Vegas to Lake Mead on the amphibious Albatross One, in-flight services firm Global Eagle Entertainment is demonstrating its ability to deliver connectivity under unusual conditions.

The company showed off its satellite Internet system to a handful of journalists attending the Consumer Electronics Show, just weeks after US regulators allowed "gate to gate" online service, ending a ban on in-flight connectivity below 10,000 feet (3,050 metres).

By using a satellite connection, Global Eagle says it has a more reliable system than air-to-ground providers, especially at low altitudes.

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