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WirelessG/G-Connect will launch their new in-flight Wi-Fi service today – the first in-flight Internet service in South Africa. “The G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi access solution will enable customers to connect to the Internet during flights,” the company explains on its website.
G-Connect will sell two in-flight vouchers for Internet access on SA planes – 3 hours priced at R50 and 20 hours priced at R90.
The service will initially be available on Mango aircrafts which have been fitted with the in-flight Wi-Fi equipment. There are however plans to extend the service to other aircraft.
WirelessG is using technology from Row 44 to deliver broadband access on South African airplanes. The technology makes use of satellite-based connectivity for back-haul purposes with speeds of up to 4Mbps.
WirelessG has partnered with Vodacom who will supply the satellite services needed to provide in-flight connectivity.
While the service is expected to be very stable with a good overall throughput, users can expect higher latency than standard broadband services because of the satellite based backhaul connectivity.