There may be some connectivity competition in the skies. AT&T said Monday that it plans to build a 4G LTE in-flight service to compete with Gogo.
The telecom giant said that its service will be available in late 2015 will provide Wi-Fi and entertainment. AT&T's air-to-ground network in the U.S. will be based on 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) standards.
In a statement, John Stankey, chief strategy officer at AT&T, said using LTE standards will "enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience."
The network will be built with the help of Honeywell.
What's unclear is how AT&T will compete with Gogo, which has already established its network and partnerships with carriers. AT&T said it will use "existing relationships within the aviation industry" to gain distribution. AT&T, however, could bundle in-flight plans with its existing wireless service.
Pricing and availability will be announced before launch.
AT&T's move is designed to take advantage of frustrations with in-flight Wi-Fi, which can be clunky at times. Gogo, however, already has plans to improve its network and is launching international service too. Here's how Gogo sizes up the in-flight connectivity field. Add AT&T to that list.