Catching the WiFi Network on a Plane

Sit back and go on a Netflix cruise while aboard a Plane


The WiFi network is here to stay, you only need to find a place you can use it…

Remember that time when telecommunication networks were still finding their grounds in Nigeria? Networks weren’t known to be that strong, there were disruption in waves, and making phone calls weren’t that easy like it is.

In fact, there were times when to get good network signal, people had to climb up hills or slopes, some even trees before they could contact loved ones from far away.

Flash forward to present day, technology has so much improved that everyone is no longer trying to find network on land but high up in the sky while on board flights so they could send quick WhatsApp or Facebook messages.

Or heck, everyone is trying to figure out how to keep up with the Kardashians while spending long hours seated on a boring flight, without bothering anyone.

Catching the WiFi Network on a Plane

How is this possible?

Is that still a question in this modern era? We live in a world where space exploration is now possible, where cars use electricity instead of gas now, should anything really wow anyone anymore?

Certainly not. With scientific/technological evolutions and revolutions, nothing sounds about strange anymore. In fact, the better question would be, how plausible is it to be able to binge watch a Netflix series on a 15 hour flight?

Well, all you need is your android gadgets, enough data money and a good aircraft that offers WiFi services while on air. What you only need is to turn on your flight mode, relax, sit back and watch multiple hours of Squid Game or The Boys without interference.

More and more airlines are now venturing into the business of inflight WiFi for its passengers. But how can it plausibly work while 40,000 feet high when telecommunications network only have their transmissions discriminately for the land dwellers not air travellers?

There are just two ways these geniuses came up with the idea, and they are; Air to Ground system and the Satellite system.

Catching the WiFi Network on a Plane

The Satellite system has to do with the aircraft having its own antennae that receives the signal from whatever satellite the orbits the earth in space.

As the plane keeps moving, its antennae keep adjusting its position similarly to revolving satellite in space to receive signals. The point is, both are constantly in motion, so to keep track, none has to stop.

The satellites revolving round the earth are usually connected to ground stations run by service providers.

In the Air to ground system, it is basically like how we use our mobile data network such as the MTNs, the Globacoms and so on to browse on our android phones. There stands a telecommunication tower or towers in plural form, that sends signals upwards, a contrast to the mobile data towers that sends downward signals.

The Antennae to which the aircraft possesses then receives signals from these towers which it sends in return to the onboard server. The server through its modem converts the signals into WiFi that it gifts to its passengers.

The towers that send these signals are also run by service providers.

This system often works seamlessly, unless the aircraft is flying over a space that has no towers, hence the need for the Satellite system to be used.

But here’s why you shouldn’t get your hopes up, using WiFi on flight: It is slower and quite expensive compared to what MTN or Globacom or whatever your service provider charges you at home.




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