Connexion and Vodafone in High-Speed Trial

Vodafone and The
Boeing Company , acting through its business unit Connexion by Boeing,
today announced their intention to jointly trial the delivery of
high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity to airline passengers. Vodafone
will be the first global mobile telecommunications operator to undergo
trials with Connexion by Boeing, aimed at extending Vodafone’s laptop data
mobility services in flight. The trial, due to start this month, will test the Vodafone customer
experience with the Connexion by Boeing(SM) real-time, in-flight Internet
service, which operates in a similar manner to ground based public Wi-Fi.
Following successful completion of trials and Vodafone entering into a
full agreement with Connexion by Boeing, Vodafone customers will be able
to access the Internet or their corporate VPN, and have sessions billed to
their Vodafone account.

“We are excited to work with Vodafone, which is a key global player in
Europe and Asia, and to work toward a successful implementation of our
services for their customers,” said David Friedman, vice president of
Marketing and Direct Sales for Connexion by Boeing. “Following successful
trials and Vodafone entering into a commercial agreement with us, Vodafone
customers will be able to access the Connexion by Boeing service on
equipped commercial flights as we introduce high-speed in-flight
connectivity worldwide.”

Access by Vodafone customers to Connexion by Boeing’s in-flight Wi-Fi
service is expected to launch first on Lufthansa flights in and out of
Europe.
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