Mobile operators taking off in scramble to supply in-flight Wi-Fi

Written by on December 17, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

wifi on the airplaneSingapore’s M1 has launched a new unlimited in-flight data roaming service covering 18 airlines and available as both a subscription and pay-per-use service.

The service will offer connections to M1’s preferred in-flight network OnAir with consumption costs capped at S$25 ($17.71) per day for subscription customers.

It covers airlines including Singapore Airlines, British Airways and Qatar Airways, and comes with a network lock feature intended to protect customers from bill shock through accidentally using a non-preferred network.

Data consumption will be charged at S$0.20 per 10KB capped at S$25 per day for roaming subscription customers and S$0.24 per 10KB capped at S$30 per day for pay-per-use customers.

The other airlines covered under the service are Aeroflot, Oman Air, AZAL, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Iberia, Thai Airways, Libyan Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines.

Qatar-based Ooredoo has signed a similar agreement to sponsor Qatar Airways’ Onboard Wi-Fi service.

On-board Wi-Fi is part of Qatar Airways’ communications system available on all A380, A350, B787, A319, and select A320 and A330 planes.

With the Onboard Wi-Fi service, customers can use portable electronic devices to access emails, browse the internet and also send SMS/MMS via their smartphones once the service is enabled on board.

The three-year agreement positions Ooredoo as the exclusive onboard Wi-Fi Sponsor for all Qatar Airways flights that are equipped with the technology.

With Ooredoo’s sponsorship, all passengers will be offered the first 15 minutes of Wi-Fi for free, enabling them to contact people on the ground. After the free period, customers will be able to continue using the Wi-Fi service by entering their credit card details when prompted.

Passengers on the Qatar Airways flights will be made aware that the network is available with the Ooredoo logo on the log-in screen, crew announcements, in-seat pocket information and on-flight screen adverts.

The move to enable Ooredoo’s network on board aircraft will enable Qatar Airways to give travellers the latest generation of connections quickly and cost-effectively, in a flexible and scalable manner.

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