[OT] Connexion {Was: Re: [routing-wg]BGP Update Report}

Robert E.Seastrom rs at seastrom.com
Sun Sep 10 18:04:35 UTC 2006

Richard A Steenbergen <ras at e-gerbil.net> writes:

> Duh. Did you ever read the numbers for Connexion? They managed to design a 
> system which cost the airlines up to $1mil per plane to install, and only 
> generated $80k/yr/plane total revenue (thats Boeing revenue not airline 
> revenue). They had an opex of something like $150mil/yr on total revenue 
> of $11mil/yr.

Now this is interesting.  $80k/year, $25 a shot = 3200 users per
aircraft per year.  Assume long-haul aircraft that daily average two
flights per day, 320 days per year (to keep it easy), that means the
average number of users on a flight is...  5.

Someone's marketing department was asleep at the switch, I think.

> Obviously there is no such thing as an FAA certified $50 Linksys WRT54G, 
> but it never fails to amaze me how people are utterly shocked when reality 
> catches up with their wild, unchecked, and stupid spending. :)

My recollection is that they were using fairly off the shelf stuff
though, 3548s and Aironet 1200s if memory serves.  It's poking holes
in the fuselage for the antenna, and the satellite antenna itself,
that costs the big bucks.


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