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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Ofcom is currently considering plans that would see satellite broadband used to bring high-speed internet to plane journeys.

The telecommunications watchdog has set up a regulatory process to analyse proposals that could increase the connection speeds available on flights tenfold. 

Charles Jenne, Ofcom policy director, commented: "Recent innovations in satellite technology mean it is now possible for aircraft, ships and trains to access the internet at speeds closer to what you'd expect from home broadband."

She added allowing this technology to be introduced on planes would benefit both business people and holidaymakers, who would be able to make use of the web while in the air. 

At the moment passengers can only go online via in-flight entertainment systems, mobile phones and dongles, with speeds often being frustratingly slow.

Satellite broadband can provide fast and reliable internet connections on land as well as air, contact Avonline to learn more.

Posted by Mark Wynn