In flight broadband vendor Row 44 has been purchased by Global Eagle Acquisition Corp, an investment vehicle founded by two former Hollywood executives. According to the Associated Press
, the deal value Row 44 at around $250 million. Row 44 has generally played second fiddle to Aircell's in-flight broadband service GoGo, which is the primary service used across airlines in the States. While GoGo uses cellular (EVDO) communications, Row 44 uses ku-band based satellite broadband service, offering up to 28 Mbps downstream per plane. At the moment, Row 44 only provides in-flight broadband services to customers of Southwest Airlines
and Norwegian Air Shuttle.