Date
24 April 2018
Google is said to be in advanced discussions for purchase of Nokia's airplane broadband business. Photo: Reuters
Google is said to be in advanced discussions for purchase of Nokia's airplane broadband business. Photo: Reuters

Google in talks to buy Nokia airplane broadband business: report

Google is in discussions to acquire Nokia’s airplane broadband business, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

Nokia’s technology could help Google offer a faster alternative to existing Wi-Fi on airplanes, the report noted.

Talks are at an advanced stage and an agreement could be reached soon, sources were quoted as saying.

A final decision, however, is yet to be made and the companies could still decide against a deal, the report said.

Nokia’s LTE A2G cellular-based system creates a direct link between an aircraft and the ground instead of bouncing the signal off of a satellite, enabling in-cabin high-speed internet services using Wi-Fi.

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