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AT&T announced that they would be working with Honeywell Aerospace to bring fast Wi-Fi and 4G LTE service to in-flight customers. AT&T plans to use the same network they have already established and add exclusive hardware from Honeywell to their towers and to the planes to provide better air-to-ground communication. AT&T and Honeywell hope to launch this technology in late-2015. AT&T claims the network will “transform airborne connectivity.” As of now, however, the network isn’t built out and exists in the minds of AT&T’s engineers, CNN explains. “To deliver this new service, AT&T plans to build an innovative air-to-ground network in the continental United States, based on global 4G LTE standards, to provide fast speeds and efficient utilization of spectrum already owned by AT&T. As the architect and operator of the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T has the expertise, spectrum and financial strength to transform airborne connectivity,” the company explained in a press release.  The company believes that in-flight connectivity is a natural fit for AT&T, which over the past six years (2008 to 2013) has invested more than $140 billion into its wireless and wireline networks, when you combine capital investment and acquisitions of spectrum and wireless operations, and already operates the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.

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