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Tech & Science Google Is Said in Talks to Buy Nokia's Airborne Broadband System

05:57  11 april  2018
05:57  11 april  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Advanced talks on deal continuing, no final decision made. System eliminates satellite delay for faster in-flight Wi-Fi. Listen to article. Nokia ’ s technology could help Google offer a faster alternative to existing Wi-Fi on airplanes, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the

Google Is Said in Talks to Buy Nokia ' s In-Flight Broadband . Nokia ’ s technology could help Google offer a faster alternative to existing Wi-Fi on airplanes, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private.

  Google Is Said in Talks to Buy Nokia's Airborne Broadband System © Tony Avelar/Bloomberg (Bloomberg) -- Google is in talks to acquire Nokia Oyj’s airplane broadband business as the Alphabet Inc. unit seeks to tap into new services and reach more users by offering in-flight high-speed internet, people familiar with the matter said.

Nokia’s technology could help Google offer a faster alternative to existing Wi-Fi on airplanes, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. Talks are advanced and an agreement may be reached soon, the people said.

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Nobody can say for sure. © Tony Avelar/Bloomberg (Bloomberg) -- Google is in talks to acquire Nokia Oyj’ s airplane broadband business as the Viasat mobile satcom systems provide affordable broadband IP access via satellite to ground, airborne , and maritime platforms while on the move.

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A final decision hasn’t been made and the companies could still decide against a deal, the people said. Representatives for Alphabet and Nokia declined to comment.

Nokia’s LTE A2G cellular-based system creates a direct link between an aircraft and the ground instead of bouncing the signal off of a satellite, enabling in-cabin high-speed internet services using Wi-Fi, according to its website.

Onboard internet has been a consumer pain point for years, with spotty service and weak bandwidth. Yet travelers often pay handsomely for any connectivity on flights. That’s a business opportunity and also a chance for Google to expand its services. The move could create a wealthy new competitor to Gogo Inc., an existing provider of in-flight internet service.

Google Is Said in Talks to Buy Nokia's Airborne Broadband System

  Google Is Said in Talks to Buy Nokia's Airborne Broadband System Google is in talks to acquire Nokia Oyj’s airplane broadband business as the Alphabet Inc. unit seeks to tap into new services and reach more users by offering in-flight high-speed internet, people familiar with the matter said. Nokia’s technology could help Google offer a faster alternative to existing Wi-Fi on airplanes, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. Talks are advanced and an agreement may be reached soon, the people said.A final decision hasn’t been made and the companies could still decide against a deal, the people said.

Google (GOOGL +1.7%) is in talks to buy Nokia ’ s (NOK +2.1%) airborne broadband system , according to Bloomberg. More information when/if it becomes available. Update: Bloomberg sources say Google wants to acquire the broadband business to offer new services to more users by offering

Bloomberg reports, that Nokia and Google are in advanced talks on selling Nokia ’ s Airborne Broadband System to Google . The Nokia Airborne Broadband System improves in-flight WiFi and Google ’s is looking into expanding its business beyond advertising for quite some time.

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While Nokia has been developing its in-flight internet technology, the project is a lesser priority than its work on 5G telecom equipment.

Google’s communications group is exploring ways to spread mobile connectivity as strong internet service is crucial to its search engine, YouTube video service and the ads that generate almost 90 percent of the company’s revenue. The business, part of a long-term effort to share wireless spectrum in new ways, oversees existing offerings like the Project Fi wireless business, the Google Voice calling service and a large Wi-Fi network in Starbucks coffee shops.

To contact the reporter on this story: Manuel Baigorri in London at mbaigorri@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Dinesh Nair at dnair5@bloomberg.net, Michael Hytha, Elizabeth Fournier

©2018 Bloomberg L.P.

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