SKYSURF'S AIR-TO-GROUND NETWORK TO COMMENCE IN 2011
TORONTO, Nov. 4 /CNW/ - SkySurf Canada Communications Inc. and Aircell LLC today announced the execution of a Detailed Heads of Agreement whereby SkySurf will provide inflight Internet services to Canadian commercial airline passengers. The Agreement anticipates that SkySurf will roll out an Air-to-Ground (ATG) network in Canada to enable SkySurf services for commercial airlines in Canadian airspace under the SkySurf banner. Through a roaming arrangement with Aircell, SkySurf will use Aircell's existing ATG network to provide inflight Internet services to Canadian airline passengers flying over the continental United States. A reciprocal roaming arrangement will allow Aircell to provide its Gogo® Inflight Internet services to passengers on U.S. commercial aircraft flying over Canada.
Under the Agreement, SkySurf will be the first and only Canadian provider of inflight Internet service using Aircell's proven ATG technology, with the capacity to provide voice, data connectivity and entertainment services. Aircell has successfully commercialized its groundbreaking wireless mobile broadband solution and is currently providing Gogo Inflight Internet service on more than 1,030 aircraft operated by eight major US airlines. Additional aircraft are being Gogo-equipped every day.
"By signing this Agreement, SkySurf has achieved a major milestone in its roll out of ATG services in Canada," stated Raed Almasri, President of SkySurf. "We are convinced that airline travelers are eagerly looking for our services to be offered by Canada's airlines enabling reliable, convenient and affordable Internet access while in the air."
Michael Small, President and CEO of Aircell commented, "We are excited about collaborating with SkySurf and are looking forward to providing Gogo service on commercial flights seamlessly across the US / Canadian border when SkySurf's ATG network is in place."
"As the leader in ATG communications, Aircell has revolutionized inflight connectivity and SkySurf is planning to deploy Aircell's market-leading technology to provide services that are best suited to meet the needs of Canadian airlines and their passengers," continued Mr. Almasri.
SkySurf aims to launch its ATG-based inflight connectivity service with selected Canadian airlines in 2011.
SkySurf holds the exclusive radio spectrum licence from Industry Canada to provide ATG inflight communication service to aircraft in Canada. Aircell holds the exclusive license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide ATG inflight communication service to aircraft in the US.
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As the exclusive Canadian Air-to-Ground spectrum holder, SkySurf is the national network carrier responsible for providing data and communications services to private and commercial airlines. Sky Surf's mission is to provide airline passengers with affordable, reliable and convenient, market-focused services that are at the cutting edge of technology. Virtually every route kilometer in Canada for all of the major airlines in North America will be covered by the initial SkySurf network build-out.
Aircell® is the world's leading provider of inflight connectivity. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight®. For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo®, powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For more information about Gogo, please visit www.gogoinflight.com. You can also follow 'gogoInflight' on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gogoinflight) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/gogoinflight).
For further information:
SkySurf: President CEO Raed Almasri at 416-915-4115
Aircell: Arianne Venuso, Manager, Public Relations -- 630-647-1088