FSC and Lufthansa tie up to offer free Net access

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) has tied up with Lufthansa to offer free Internet access to passengers flying the airline from Frankfurt to Washington.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  February 3, 2003

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) has tied up with Lufthansa to offer free Internet access to passengers flying the airline from Frankfurt to Washington. The pilot programme, dubbed Flynet, was launched on board a Boeing 747-400 on January 15, 2003 and will run until April 15, during which passengers will use FSC’s Lifebook S-series laptops.

FSC has loaned 50 Lifebook S6010 with integrated wireless LAN technology, for the first phase of the project. Passengers can use the FSC laptops for free during the flight, to access the Internet during the three-month trial period. 120 Lifebook laptops will be loaned by FSC for the whole project.

“This high-end notebook is perfect for the mobile office on board our planes, creating ideal working conditions which is why we decided to work together with Fujitsu Siemens Computers,“ said Dr Burkard Wigger, Lufthansa FlyNet manager. The Notebook series is small and lightweight, powered by Mobile Intel Pentium III processor and has integrated wireless LAN allowing easy access to the high speed satellite Internet on board.

“With this historic project, Fujitsu Siemens Computers is underlining its mobility strategy to create products and solutions for mobile data access anytime anywhere,” said Dirk de Waegeneire, vice president International Sales, Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “It is a glimpse of the innovation and next generation technology that goes into Fujitsu-Siemens Computers. The wireless broadband Internet shows the direction in which FSC is heading as it aspires to play a pioneeing role in ushering in 24x7 mobile access, from anywhere in the world, even 30,000 ft and more above the ground,” he added.

He also added that security issues had been addressed. “All information stored in the notebooks would be automatically deleted when the computer is rebooted. Each Lifebook will have its battery refreshed on landing and trained service professionals will be on hand to sort out technical issues during the trial run,” he added.

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