Boeing Brings Internet Access To The Sea

The aircraft maker is expanding its Connexion by Boeing service, already available to airlines, to the maritime industry.

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of the aeronautical company, is expanding its satellite Internet access offering to the maritime industry, the company said Wednesday.

Connexion by Boeing had focused on selling broadband satellite access to airlines--which would, in turn, offer the service to fliers. Several airlines, including Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, and Japan Airlines, have signed up for the service and will make it available this year on long-haul flights.

"We're actively engaged in discussions with several of the leading maritime operators, and have received a tremendously positive response to our service and the speeds at which we can move data," Connexion by Boeing president Scott Carson said in a statement. "Operators of vessels around the world have the immediate need to stay connected, allowing a more informed and efficient operation, no matter where they are in the world."

Boeing says the technology already is in place to deliver the service in the North Atlantic and that service for the Pacific will be available soon.

As with the in-flight service, the maritime service will enable users to access the Web and to send and receive E-mail. Boeing says its service will be faster and less expensive than existing methods of maritime communication.

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