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APEX 2014: AirAsia passengers can instant message in-flight

AirAsia is deploying in-flight connectivity from roKKi, a Wi-Fi service which allows passengers to use instant messaging (IM) platforms.
roKKi runs using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband solution as well as the Cobham four-channel satellite communication system. The lightweight connectivity service plans to incorporate email and social media access during 2015, which will roll out in phases.
“As the first service provider to launch a four-channel system on a commercial airline, we’re running the fastest Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service available in the industry today,” said Sami El Hadery, roKKi’s executive director. “roKKi has the capacity to support multiple concurrent users, as proven in our successful user acceptance test that had 120 passengers using the system.”
roKKi claim they are bringing the first low-cost in-flight connectivity service to the Asia Pacific region.

Liz Moscrop,Inflight / Inflight-Online.com
Anaheim, USA

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