AT&T’s LTE network will apparently not be taking flight, but things are looking up at GoGo.
Runway Girl Network reported Monday that AT&T is abandoning plans that it announced back in April to bring in-flight LTE network service to airlines in 2015.
AT&T had previously announced that it was preparing to build an “air-to-ground network” to provide the connectivity, which at the time it said would be faster and more reliable than current in-flight Wi-Fi offerings. AT&T also pointed to the potential for improved communications between the plane and the ground through transmission of real-time aircraft data.
AT&T had tapped Honeywell as a partner in building out the network. AT&T confirmed the change of heart in an emailed statement.
“Last week we announced our intent to acquire lusacell, a wireless company in Mexico. At the same time, and after a thorough review of our investment portfolio, the company decided to no longer pursue entry into the in-flight connectivity industry,” the company said. “We are focusing our capital on transformative investments, such as our lusacell and DIRECTV deals.
Current in-flight Wi-Fi provider GoGo got a big boost from the news. Shares rose significantly to over $17, following a heavy dip after GoGo reported third-quarter earnings on Monday.
When AT&T announced its plans back in April, shares of GoGo tanked nearly 20 percent on news of AT&T’s plans.