Future of the inflight Wi-Fi
Of course offering inflight WiFi is a logical next step in elevating customers experience on board. Adding wireless connection on flights is just the start – airlines that now have onboard WiFi are striving to make it better, faster, and more affordable, we hope.
A report released a few years ago by a the London School of Economics and Political Science in collaboration with British satellite telecom company Inmarsat said that by 2035, high-quality inflight Wi-Fi will likely be omnipresent and profitable potentially generating a $130 billion global market and rake in $30 billion in ancillary revenue for airlines around the world.
There has been a lot going on in terms of airlines and their Internet connectivity: 82 airlines now have some sort of in-flight Internet, a 17% increase from the 70 that offered the service in 2016. The 2018 forecasts show airlines receiving $1 billion in revenue related to broadband, compared to the $60 billion derived “traditionally”, like seat upgrades or baggage fees.
With new satellites being added, this should all change fast, as the broadband quality will increase, and there will be less zones not covered by in-flight Internet connection.
What are you using WiFi on planes for? Is it to connect with friends and family or to finally do some shopping that you've been putting aside? Or are you hoping to do some extra work before an important meeting? Or do you think it is better to get some sleep on flight instead of staying constantly connected? In any case we hope you enjoy your flight!
Check out NetSpot app for Mac - a survey tool for a Wi-Fi network. You can scan and assess the best positioning of WiFi access points to create the best possible coverage in your home or office space, no matter the size.