Boeing to lease satellite space for Connexion

FRAMINGHAM (09/26/2003) - The Boeing Co. is about to lease space on a satellite above the Atlantic Ocean, filling a coverage gap in its Connexion by Boeing in-flight Internet service. The new leasing agreement is for two transponders on the Intelsat 907 satellite, which is stationed above the Atlantic Ocean at 27.5 degrees west, the company says. The Ku-band spot-beam coverage provided by the transponders encompasses Northern and Central Europe, Iceland and the eastern part of Greenland, and will be used by Connexion to service aircraft flying between Europe and North America. The Connexion service, which has yet to be commercially launched, offers a broadband Internet connection to passengers on aircraft on which the system has been installed. Transmission speeds vary with conditions, but maximum capacity is 20M bit/sec downstream to the aircraft and 1M bit/sec upstream from the aircraft.

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