According to Juniper that represents a researcher house of the UK, over half of the global commercial aviation sector would be graced with inflight WiFi within the year 2022.
It is estimating that at present about one-in-four planes would be permitting passengers to log in at about 30,000 feet.
Though there have been several implications of the ‘laptop ban’, the demand for inflight internet connectivity is actually driven by BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), since air travellers have been connecting to the WiFi of their aircraft via their personal tablet, smartphone or laptop.
Juniper has added that the monthly inflight entertainment revenues are predicted to increase by almost 30% on average per aircraft over the forecast period.
The longest route of Qantas is from Sydney to Perth that takes five hours. But then, a majority of these flights are between the regions of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that consumes less than two hours. The duration of these flights are relatively shorter. It implies that the usage patterns would be quite different from those on the longer-haul flights.
The findings about that of Qantas would be reflected on several flights based in Europe where many flights have similar duration.
Qantas has discovered that it would be able to enjoy download speeds exceeding 12 megabits per second. Both these figures have proved that the trial and customer surveys indicate that as much as 88% of travellers support the service. Qantas is planning to launch WiFi across its entire domestic fleet by the latter part of 2018.
Recently, Emirates has announced that it has been making its WiFi free to certain tiers and the pricing system would remain unaltered for non-members and also those in economy.