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Deutsche Telekom to start high-speed Internet service on Singapore Airlines

German telecommunications firm Deutsche Telekom (FWB: DTE) said it has started its high-speed Internet service on selected Singapore Airlines intercontinental flights.

According to the firm, this is the 11th airline to have chosen Deutsche Telekom as their broadband connectivity provider, and the third in the Asian market.

With Telekom´s in-flight Internet service, passengers can check e-mails, browse, blog or join corporate networks via VPN. Access is provided by linking the airplanes to global networks via satellites, which are provided through Deutsche Telekom´s partner Panasonic Avionics (OTC: PCRFY).

Passengers can use the service by paying with a credit card or through their home provider, if it is a Wi-Fi roaming partner of Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom launched its Wi-Fi service in 2002 and currently operates more than 55.000 HotSpots worldwide.

They can also be found onboard high-speed trains in Germany, and on almost 150 airplanes. Participating airlines currently include American Airlines, Air France, Aer Lingus, Etihad, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Transaero and, as of, Singapore Airlines.

Deutsche Telekom is present in some 50 countries and has over 231,000 employees worldwide. The group generated revenue of EUR 58.2bn in the 2012 financial year – over half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2012).

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