While writing and posting this post I’m currently flying from Copenhagen, Denmark to London, United Kingdom over the North Sea with Norwegian airlines using the free online Wi-Fi connection onboard. The Internet connection is slow, but that’s expected as the traffic is routed through satellites and the fact that I share the connection with the 250 or so other passengers; all trying to access Facebook 🙂
A ping request to Google.com show that a roundtrip takes around 800 ms with some fluctuations into the 1200 ms
Pinging google.com [22.214.171.124] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 126.96.36.199: bytes=32 time=681ms TTL=43
Reply from 188.8.131.52: bytes=32 time=869ms TTL=43
Reply from 184.108.40.206: bytes=32 time=705ms TTL=43
Reply from 220.127.116.11: bytes=32 time=750ms TTL=43
An Internet connection speed test reveals my upload was around 400 Kbit/s download and 15 Kbit/s upload.
A trace route didn’t disclose much information; therefore not included in this blog post.
The Internet connection is very unreliable making it impossible to work, but IM and light sites are browsable. Internet on a flight is a welcome initiative making it more pleasant to fly.
I just hope the competitors will do the same and the quality of the connection will improve.