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Is Google buying Nokia’s inflight broadband system?

If sources are to be believed, Google is in talks with Nokia to buy the latter’s airborne broadband system. The search giant would use Nokia's technology to offer faster in-flight Wi-Fi.


Nokia announced its air-to-ground connectivity network late last year with internet speeds as fast as or faster than those of the in-flight internet company Gogo.


If an acquisition goes through, having its own Wi-Fi system on planes would allow Google to attract people toward its entertainment products, like YouTube or Play Music.

It will be one of the many connectivity-focused projects that Google’s parent company Alphabet is working on.


Media reports cite that the in-flight Wi-Fi technology is less of a priority for Nokia than its other telecom efforts. For example, in February Nokia acquired a Wi-Fi start-up that works with Google Fiber to make its push into home Wi-Fi.

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