A new group led by Delta, Sprint, and Gogo wants to revolutionize the quality of in-flight internet connectivity. This past weekend at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance, as they’re calling it, announced ambitious plans that include fast 5G or broadband-level connections in the sky, easier setup when connecting to the internet after boarding the plane, and more.
The Seamless Air Alliance isn’t proposing some kind of radical revamp of how to equip planes with faster internet; it still wants to use satellites to hook airline passengers up with these fast connections. Incidentally, satellite company OneWeb and carrier Airtel are also a part of the alliance.
More broadly, though, the group wants to ditch the process involved with getting connected to the internet on a plane almost completely, according to The Wall Street Journal. The alliance instead proposed a scenario where passengers would not have to enter credit card information or authenticate their devices before gaining access to an internet connection.
Beyond that, OneWeb founder Greg Wyler told the WSJ that the alliance wants to develop “uniform hardware and operating standards” for airlines. This would not only make the internet experience more consistent from airline to airline, but it could also lower costs for everyone.
The idea is “still in its early stages,” according to the report. In the meantime, robust competition among airlines and in-flight internet companies has driven connection speeds up and some costs down.