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Southwest now offering Wi-Fi connectivity from gate to gate

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

Everyone from business travelers to sulky teens let out a collective cheer last month when the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on electronic device use during takeoff and landing. But for the truly committed connected traveler there’s still been one problem.

From the moment the flight attendants close the aircraft door and tell you to the shut off your cellular radios to the point the airplane is aloft and the airplane’s Wi-Fi network turns on, there’s a gap where you lose connectivity. But starting this week, Southwest Airlines(s luv) is lifting that restriction. You can access its inflight networks the moment you take your seat on the majority of its planes.

The reason Southwest can provide this continuous connectivity is due to the nature of its inflight network. Market leader Gogo(s gogo), which serves United(s ual), Delta(s dal) and American and half-a-dozen other airlines, uses a ground-based CDMA…

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