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

Marshall Eubanks tme at multicasttech.com
Sun Sep 10 19:32:07 UTC 2006

There is still interest in this technology at Boeing and elsewhere, and
there will probably be a BOF on the problems associated with large  
mobile networks at the
San Diego IETF this Fall. Anyone interested in the technology at the  
IP level can let me know and I will
make sure you get the announcements.

As for the business side of it, there are other uses for network  
connectivity on a modern aircraft
besides searching the web.


On Sep 10, 2006, at 2:04 PM, Robert E.Seastrom wrote:

> 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.
>                                         ---rob

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