A new group led by Delta, Sprint and Gogo wants to revolutionize the quality of internet connectivity in flight. Last weekend at the Mobile World Congress, Seamless Air Alliance, as they call it, announced ambitious plans that include 5G fast connections or broadband in the sky, a simpler configuration when you connect to the Internet after boarding the plane , and more .
The Seamless Air Alliance does not propose any radical modernization of how to equip aircraft with the Internet faster; he still wants to use satellites to hook the airline's passengers with these fast connections. By the way, satellite companies OneWeb and Airtel are also part of the alliance.
The group also wants to make it easier to connect to the internet
However, in more general terms, the group wants to get rid of the process of connecting to the Internet in an airplane almost completely, according to The Wall Street Journal. Instead, the alliance proposed a scenario in which passengers would not have to enter credit card information or authenticate their devices before gaining access to an Internet connection.
Beyond that, OneWeb founder Greg Wyler told the WSJ that the alliance wants to develop "uniform hardware and operating standards" for airlines. Not only would this make the Internet experience more consistent from one airline to another, it could also reduce costs for everyone.
The idea "is still in its early stages," according to the report. Meanwhile, strong competition between airlines and Internet companies in flight has boosted the speed of connection and some costs have decreased.