Connexion has a pile of news this week: On the airline side, they signed Austrian Airlines (seven planes to be equipped out of 100 in the fleet); Etihad Airlines of the United Arab Emirates (25 planes) starting on its Gulf to Europe and North American routes; and, today, TeliaSonera extends its HomeRun service to Connexion flights. On the sea, Connexion signed up Teekay Shipping Corporation for 50 ships with 40 more potentially using the maritime version of Connexion at 256 Kbps up and 5 Mbps down (typical airplane rates are 1 Mbps up, 5 Mpbs down).
The TeliaSonera deal is particularly interesting for me ever since SAS committed to adding Connexion to its long-haul flights. Because TeliaSonera runs 3G, home service, and Wi-Fi hotspots, and operates Wi-Fi in all SAS lounges worldwide, it means you could be more or less continuously connected through a single TeliaSonera login from home through a trip to the airport to embarkation across the flight and even while you stayed in the lounge on landing. This is a fairly remarkable seamless trip--and one that won't be unique for long.
TeliaSonera's pricing is essentially retail at today's conversion rates.