November 9, 2004
Teleglobe has been selected by Boeing’s Connexion service to deliver the satellite uplink and downlink for Boeing’s in-flight high-speed Internet access throughout the Pacific region.
Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd’s (NASDAQ:TLGB) satellite ground station in Lake Cowichan, British Columbia will provide the uplink and downlink between the terrestrial Internet backbone and the satellites that will maintain continuous IP connections with each airplane and its on-board ethernet or WiFi local area network. Trans-Pacific passengers and staff will connect to the public Internet and their company intranet just as if they were on the ground.
Connexion by Boeing entered commercial service on May 17, 2004, onboard Lufthansa Flight 452 from Munich to Los Angeles. Lufthansa is currently equipping all its long-haul aircraft with the Connexion by Boeing system. In addition, ANA, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines System and Singapore Airlines have announced they will begin offering the Connexion by Boeing high-speed in-flight Internet service on selected routes.
Roaming agreements also have been established to provide “WiFi in the Sky” to customers of Infonet MobileXpress, iPass, NTT Docomo Mzone and StarHub, all of which are terrestrial-based wireless hot spot and mobility service providers.
Teleglobe has an inventory of over 40 teleport antennas and transponder capacity from global satellite operators, which will enable it to deliver the the in-flight data streams between the satellites and the terrestial network for Connexion’s airline customers.
Teleglobe’s telecommunications network reaches over 240 countries and territories with voice, mobile, and data services, serving more than 1,200 wholesale customers. It became a public company trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol TLGB with the acquisition of the VoIP network company ITXC Corp on June 1, 2004.