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Kajeet Connects More Students Now With All Four Carriers

Kajeet got it’s start in the wireless business when CEO and founder Daniel Nea1l set out to find a smart phone solution for his children. Over the years he took the idea of providing smartphone services and by proxy, internet services to students and coupled that with that fact that 1 in 3 families don’t have access to internet at home. Internet is becoming the backbone to K-12 education in many areas. While the digital divide is well known across the country, Neal and the team at Kajeet started focusing on education and how the needs of students are underserved when they don’t have access to the internet at home. They dubbed this the “Homework Gap” and Kajeet quickly became the Homework Gap Heroes. Digital learning is becoming a way of life for students across the country. Text books will one day be a thing of the past. Now, student get their classwork, lessons and even their textbooks online through their Chromebooks, iPads, or smartphones. This is great inside the walls of the classroom.

Now, teachers can deliver a richer educational experience and the knowledge on the internet is in the palm of their hands. The Internet is for far more than just research papers. With all of this innovation in learning comes innovation in homework assignments. Now, when students leave school for the day they are still reliant on the internet. Most schools use some kind of homework management system found online. For those students who’s schools have converted to completely online textbooks, the internet is required for that as well. Kajeet’s educational broadband services include a SmartSpot wireless internet device that students can take home and connect to their personal devices. Now students have access to the internet to do school work, read and research. The SmartSpot includes Kajeet’s proprietary educational filtering to insure that students are using the educational SmartSpots for their intended purpose.

Currently over 300 school districts across the country and in Washington DC, use Kajeet’s Educational Broadband either via the SmartSpot or their SmartBus technology that’s allowing students to use wifi on the bus traveling to or from school. Just as school was starting back for the 2017-2018 school year, Kajeet announced that their Educational Broadband is now available utilizing the services of all four major carriers; Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. This new expanded nationwide coverage means if there is wireless coverage Kajeet can work there, thus shrinking the Homework Gap even more.

The internet isn’t just a convenience for kids in school today. It’s been proven time and time again that connectivity inside and outside of the classroom leads to:

  • Higher graduation rates
  • More parental involvement
  • Better student engagement
  • Increased test scores
  • Decreased bus behavior incidents and more

Do you have students left out or left behind because of access to the internet at home? Kajeet can help.

Check them out at kajeet.net2

References

  1. ^ CEO and founder Daniel Nea (techfaster.com)
  2. ^ kajeet.net (kajeet.net)

AirAsia Group signs contract to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation high-speed broadband on more than 120 aircraft

Inmarsat (ISAT.L), the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, announced that AirAsia Group has selected its next-generation GX Aviation inflight broadband solution for more than 120 Airbus aircraft. The landmark contract signed by Inmarsat and AirAsia Group, through its subsidiary ROKKI, covers all existing and future Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft operated across the AirAsia Group, including the long-haul operator AirAsia X. The agreement also has the scope to include any additional aircraft types due for delivery in the coming years, such as the Airbus A350. The first installations of GX Aviation onboard AirAsia Group aircraft, together with the launch of commercial service, are both scheduled to commence in the first half of 2018.

Inmarsat Aviation President Philip Balaam said, “AirAsia Group is one of the aviation industry’s leading innovators and we are delighted that GX Aviation will play a key role in their future service offering. The fact that we have signed this contract within months of announcing a Memorandum of Understanding is testament to AirAsia’s confidence in GX Aviation and builds on its successful track record as a leading customer of our SwiftBroadband service.

“The scale of this contract, covering more than 120 existing aircraft and one of the industry’s largest orderbooks for additional aircraft, showcases our status as a global market leader in advanced inflight broadband. Inmarsat has the fastest growing service uptake in our market, with, following this agreement, more than 1,300 aircraft, expected under signed contracts, both installed and under backlog, for our next generation GX Aviation and European Aviation Network (EAN) solutions.”

AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said, “GX Aviation will form the backbone of AirAsia’s digital cabin offering. By delivering inflight connectivity that’s indistinguishable from what you get on-ground, our guests will be able to stay connected in ways that matter to them, whether it’s streaming movies or music, checking social media, messaging friends or catching up with work emails. Coupled with our ROKKI entertainment and e-commerce platform featuring free movies, music, articles and games as well as shopping, AirAsia guests will soon be able to enjoy one of the richest digital inflight experiences in Asia, while also enhancing our knowledge of our guests with very rich data.”

This contract supports Inmarsat’s strategy of providing airlines with tailored scalable capacity by designing, owning and operating a global network of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS). GX Aviation is the world’s first in-flight connectivity solution with seamless, reliable high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator. It is the only service in the market that guarantees minimum data rates, ensuring that airline passengers can browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights, with an onboard connectivity experience comparable to the mobile broadband services they may receive on the ground.

AirAsia Group will connect to the GX network using exclusive new JetWave terminals produced by Honeywell Aerospace. The terminals are designed for ease of installation and maintenance to assure the lowest downtime for any cabin connectivity solution in the market, allowing installation with minimal labour and using standard tools available in maintenance hangars.

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services.

Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISAT.L).

For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com. The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on @InmarsatGlobal.12

References

  1. ^ www.inmarsat.com (www.inmarsat.com)
  2. ^ InmarsatGlobal. (twitter.com)

Siro exit hits broadband rollout to rural homes

The government’s plan to deliver high-speed broadband to 542,000 rural homes suffered a blow yesterday after Siro dropped out of the tendering process. Siro, which is a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone, said it was unable to develop a “competitive business case” to bid for the national broadband plan, leaving Eir and Enet as the only remaining bidders. The decision is likely to make the tendering process more expensive for the taxpayer and could further delay the rollout of the plan.

Sean Atkinson, chief executive of Siro, said that the decision to withdraw from the plan, which was first promised in 2012, was not taken lightly. “We will continue with our original plans focusing on transforming Ireland’s regional towns, putting them on a…