Mobile Online Gambling Coming To The Skies

Published Saturday, June 08, 2013 -
Mobile Online Gambling Coming To The Skies

The internet is just about everywhere these days allowing people with the right equipment to communicate for business and pleasure. While taking to the skies on long haul flights the airlines are a doing their best to offer internet connections for passengers who both need and want the service.

The Federal Communications Commission recently outlined plans to establish a high-capacity, ground-based mobile broadband network that will improve the experience of browsing the Web when in the air. The idea is to use satellite spectrum to communicate more effectively with airplanes and thereby improve the in-flight Internet experience.

This may be just what the mobile gambler could use to relive the long hours of tedious flying. Commissioner Ajit Pai said recently, "Like many Americans, I have been frustrated by the lack of high-speed broadband service when I fly," Pai added, "Some flights don't offer any broadband service at all. Others do, but speeds are usually much slower than what we enjoy on the ground, and it's expensive. So what does this mean? Lower productivity for business travelers and less enjoyable flights for vacationers."

Unfortunately the system will likely take years to fully implement but things are progressing. Outgoing FCC Chairman Julis Genachowski remarked, "We [took] an important step to improve in-flight broadband service," adding, "This service would help meet consumer demand by offering airline passengers access to better in-flight broadband and will increase competitive pressure on current systems to improve the quality of their in-flight services."

Qualcomm is one of the companies trying to improve in-flight Wi-Fi. The company has earned billions developing the technologies, including the radios, processors and receivers, found in cell phones, tablets, mobile hotspots and laptops. With these markets maturing, Qualcomm is looking for another revenue source.

Qualcomm in a recent regulatory filing said, "Mobile broadband demand on board aircraft is exploding -- just as much, if not more so, than it is on the ground” "Current in-flight communication systems are either too expensive" or don't offer enough capacity,”

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