In-Flight Wi-Fi Revenues to Surpass $1.5 Billion in 2015, Says In-Stat

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Over the past year there has been significant growth in both the usage rates of in-flight broadband and number of planes deployed. With new providers now entering the market, growth is sure to continue in the coming year.

While airlines initially viewed in-flight broadband as a competitive differentiator, it is now simply viewed in the US market as a competitive requirement," says Amy Cravens, Senior Analyst. "The future of in-flight Wi-Fi will be less about convincing…

Over the past year there has been significant growth in both the usage rates of in-flight broadband and number of planes deployed. With new providers now entering the market, growth is sure to continue in the coming year. Additionally, what has been a US-centric market began to see an expansion of borders with deployments in Europe growing over the past year and new activity in the Middle East. New In-Stat (http://www.in-stat.com) research forecasts that in-flight Wi-Fi revenues will surpass the $1.5 billion mark in 2015.

“While airlines initially viewed in-flight broadband as a competitive differentiator, it is now simply viewed in the US market as a competitive requirement,” says Amy Cravens, Senior Analyst. “The future of in-flight Wi-Fi will be less about convincing airlines of the merit and more about leveraging the network to provide a broader breadth of services. As in the hotspot market, Wi-Fi access is likely to become a commodity in the in-flight market, with the revenue opportunity resting on the services and features, not the connection.”

Some of the research findings include:

  •     Take rates have increased significantly, moving from an average of 4% in 2010 up to 7% in 2011.
  •     While in international markets in-flight broadband is just entering the competitive differentiator stage, In-Stat believes it will rapidly transition to a competitive requirement in these markets as it did in the US.
  •     Combined, smartphones and tablets are now the predominant devices, in terms of percent of connects.
  •     In-flight broadband providers are beginning to introduce new revenue opportunities, including additional passenger services (video and voice) and operational services.

Recent In-Stat research, From Pipe to Platform: Worldwide In-Flight Broadband Providers Redefine Strategy (#IN1105003WS), examines the market for next-generation in-flight entertainment (IFE), with a focus on in-flight broadband services. For the purpose of this report, next-generation IFE services are segmented by access technology (GSM, satellite, air-to-ground) as well as application (voice, video, and data). This report is global in scope and emphasizes:

  •     Market potential usage
  •     Examination of different service provider business models
  •     Competitive analysis for the in-flight broadband market
  •     Profiles of In-Flight broadband providers including: Aircell’s Gogo, OnAir, Panasonic, and Row 44

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Amy Cravens, Senior Analyst
Email: acravens(at)in-stat(dot)com; Phone: (480) 483-4451

Rick Vogelei, Marketing Manager
Email: rvogelei(at)in-stat(dot)com; Phone: (480) 483-4476

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