Vodafone and Connexion by
Boeing are to jointly trial the delivery of high-speed in-flight WiFi connectivity to
airline passengers. Vodafone will be the first global mobile telecommunications operator to undergo trials with
Connexion by Boeing, aimed at extending Vodafone's laptop data mobility services in flight.
The trial, due to start this month, will test the Vodafone customer experience with the Connexion by
Boeing real-time, in-flight Internet service, which operates in a similar manner to ground based public
Wi-Fi. Following successful completion of trials and Vodafone entering into a full agreement with Connexion by Boeing, Vodafone
customers will be able to access the Internet or their corporate VPN, and have sessions billed to their Vodafone
"We are excited to work with Vodafone, which is a key global player in Europe and Asia, and to work toward a
successful implementation of our services for their customers," said David Friedman, vice president of Marketing
and Direct Sales for Connexion by Boeing. "Following successful trials and Vodafone entering into a commercial
agreement with us, Vodafone customers will be able to access the Connexion by Boeing service on equipped
commercial flights as we introduce high-speed in-flight connectivity worldwide."
Access by Vodafone customers to Connexion by Boeing's in-flight WiFi service is expected to launch first on
Lufthansa flights in and out of Europe.
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