Lufthansa and Deutsche Telecom offer in-flight broadband

Deutsche Telekom and Lufthansa have stolen a march on BT and British Airways by becoming the first operators to offer up to 5Mbps broadband access in flight.

Deutsche Telekom and Lufthansa have stolen a march on BT and British Airways by becoming the first operators to offer up to 5Mbps broadband access in flight.

Based on Panasonic Avionics and a satellite link from the aircraft, the Flynet WiFi hotspot in the sky costs €1.70 for 10 minutes, and is available to any WiFi-enabled device for surfing the web.

The service goes live in February after trials in December last year revealed pent up demand for it. "On average, data volumes of around 2.35Gb and 250Mb were downloaded and uploaded, respectively, per flight," Deutsche Telekom said in a statement.

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