Verizon Airfone Makes Progress Toward Providing Inflight Wireless Broadband to U.S. Market

Dec 12, 2005, 00:00 ET from Verizon Airfone

    CHICAGO, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Airfone today announced
 significant progress toward providing wireless broadband services for U.S. air
 travel.  The announcement follows the FCC's establishment of rules for
 auctioning spectrum in the 800 MHz band dedicated to commercial air-to-ground
 telecommunication services.
     The FCC's action will enable the agency to auction spectrum licenses early
 in 2006 and puts Verizon Airfone one step closer to providing its customers
 with broadband services.  An auction early next year will enable Verizon
 Airfone to begin offering inflight wireless Internet access in 2007 (subject
 to acquiring a license from the FCC).
     "We are pleased with the FCC's efforts to promote the development of
 broadband services, and we urge the FCC to move as quickly as possible to
 auction new licenses in the 800 MHz band," said Bill Pallone, president,
 Verizon Airfone Inc.  "Verizon Airfone is excited about the opportunity to
 provide innovative wireless services to the flying public, and there are many
 interested airlines and general aviation operators that share our commitment
 to this broadband vision."
     Verizon Airfone, first to use third-generation (3G) CDMA (Code Division
 Multiple Access) technology in an airborne system, has been demonstrating the
 system to commercial airlines by conducting flight tests since September 2004
 that have achieved ground-to-air peak data speeds of 2.4 Mbps (megabits per
 second).  In June 2005, Verizon Airfone became the first company to receive
 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to install the necessary cabin
 equipment to enable passenger and crew use of wireless (Wi-Fi) devices onboard
 U.S. domestic commercial aircraft.
     Verizon Airfone is working with industry leaders to ensure the highest
 quality connectivity for its customers.  Working with QUALCOMM Incorporated, a
 leading developer and innovator of CDMA and other advanced wireless
 technologies, Verizon Airfone completed its first commercially packaged air
 radio prototype in July.  Supporting CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, special features of
 this air radio include provisions for extended distances and Doppler
 compensation for high-speed aircraft.
     Working with Airvana, an innovator and leader in broadband CDMA network
 infrastructure systems based on 3G EV-DO wireless packet-data technology,
 Verizon Airfone has developed a customized radio base station with unique RF
 filtering capabilities to ensure that no interference is caused to systems
 operating in adjacent radio bands.
     With Verizon Airfone's faster and more affordable wireless broadband
 service, passengers can expect to gain access to the Internet; corporate VPN
 (Virtual Private Network) e-mail and personal e-mail accounts (e.g., Yahoo!,
 AOL, MSN); streaming video; and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) services.
 Once Verizon Airfone's broadband network is in place, airlines and general
 aviation operators only need the addition of an avionics box, a wireless
 access point and a directional antenna to begin offering wireless broadband
 services to their passengers.
     Verizon Airfone plans to upgrade its existing North American ground
 network with the broadband technology that will provide passengers, airlines
 and general aviation operators with many benefits over the existing Airfone(R)
 system available today. Currently, passengers are staying connected to work,
 family and friends using Airfone(R) Service on United Airlines, Continental
 Airlines, US Airways, Delta Air Lines and more than 3,000 general aviation
 aircraft.
 
     About Verizon Airfone
     Verizon Airfone, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, has been leading
 the inflight communications industry for 21 years. Serving both the commercial
 airline and general aviation markets, Verizon Airfone was the first to provide
 passengers with wireless roaming, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging
 and voice services. Airfone(R) Service for Verizon Wireless lets Verizon
 Wireless subscribers route their cellular calls directly to the Airfone(R)
 handset and bill Airfone charges to their Verizon Wireless account. Airfone
 Services are available on United Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways,
 Delta Air Lines and many general aviation aircraft.
 
     About Verizon
     Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:   VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in
 delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and
 wireless customers.  Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless
 network, serving 49.3 million customers nationwide, and one of the nation's
 premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers in
 28 states.  Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly
 215,000 and generates annual revenues of more than $71 billion from four
 business segments: Domestic Telecom, Domestic Wireless, Information Services
 and international.  For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Airfone
    CHICAGO, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Airfone today announced
 significant progress toward providing wireless broadband services for U.S. air
 travel.  The announcement follows the FCC's establishment of rules for
 auctioning spectrum in the 800 MHz band dedicated to commercial air-to-ground
 telecommunication services.
     The FCC's action will enable the agency to auction spectrum licenses early
 in 2006 and puts Verizon Airfone one step closer to providing its customers
 with broadband services.  An auction early next year will enable Verizon
 Airfone to begin offering inflight wireless Internet access in 2007 (subject
 to acquiring a license from the FCC).
     "We are pleased with the FCC's efforts to promote the development of
 broadband services, and we urge the FCC to move as quickly as possible to
 auction new licenses in the 800 MHz band," said Bill Pallone, president,
 Verizon Airfone Inc.  "Verizon Airfone is excited about the opportunity to
 provide innovative wireless services to the flying public, and there are many
 interested airlines and general aviation operators that share our commitment
 to this broadband vision."
     Verizon Airfone, first to use third-generation (3G) CDMA (Code Division
 Multiple Access) technology in an airborne system, has been demonstrating the
 system to commercial airlines by conducting flight tests since September 2004
 that have achieved ground-to-air peak data speeds of 2.4 Mbps (megabits per
 second).  In June 2005, Verizon Airfone became the first company to receive
 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to install the necessary cabin
 equipment to enable passenger and crew use of wireless (Wi-Fi) devices onboard
 U.S. domestic commercial aircraft.
     Verizon Airfone is working with industry leaders to ensure the highest
 quality connectivity for its customers.  Working with QUALCOMM Incorporated, a
 leading developer and innovator of CDMA and other advanced wireless
 technologies, Verizon Airfone completed its first commercially packaged air
 radio prototype in July.  Supporting CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, special features of
 this air radio include provisions for extended distances and Doppler
 compensation for high-speed aircraft.
     Working with Airvana, an innovator and leader in broadband CDMA network
 infrastructure systems based on 3G EV-DO wireless packet-data technology,
 Verizon Airfone has developed a customized radio base station with unique RF
 filtering capabilities to ensure that no interference is caused to systems
 operating in adjacent radio bands.
     With Verizon Airfone's faster and more affordable wireless broadband
 service, passengers can expect to gain access to the Internet; corporate VPN
 (Virtual Private Network) e-mail and personal e-mail accounts (e.g., Yahoo!,
 AOL, MSN); streaming video; and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) services.
 Once Verizon Airfone's broadband network is in place, airlines and general
 aviation operators only need the addition of an avionics box, a wireless
 access point and a directional antenna to begin offering wireless broadband
 services to their passengers.
     Verizon Airfone plans to upgrade its existing North American ground
 network with the broadband technology that will provide passengers, airlines
 and general aviation operators with many benefits over the existing Airfone(R)
 system available today. Currently, passengers are staying connected to work,
 family and friends using Airfone(R) Service on United Airlines, Continental
 Airlines, US Airways, Delta Air Lines and more than 3,000 general aviation
 aircraft.
 
     About Verizon Airfone
     Verizon Airfone, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, has been leading
 the inflight communications industry for 21 years. Serving both the commercial
 airline and general aviation markets, Verizon Airfone was the first to provide
 passengers with wireless roaming, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging
 and voice services. Airfone(R) Service for Verizon Wireless lets Verizon
 Wireless subscribers route their cellular calls directly to the Airfone(R)
 handset and bill Airfone charges to their Verizon Wireless account. Airfone
 Services are available on United Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways,
 Delta Air Lines and many general aviation aircraft.
 
     About Verizon
     Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:   VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in
 delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and
 wireless customers.  Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless
 network, serving 49.3 million customers nationwide, and one of the nation's
 premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers in
 28 states.  Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly
 215,000 and generates annual revenues of more than $71 billion from four
 business segments: Domestic Telecom, Domestic Wireless, Information Services
 and international.  For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
 
 SOURCE  Verizon Airfone

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