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Connexion by Boeing signs satellite deal

Connexion by Boeing, aircraft maker Boeing's wireless technology unit, said Tuesday it has signed a satellite-use deal with Eutelsat. The deal is part of Connexion's efforts to offer access to e-mail, the Internet and entertainment content on airplanes. The agreement is for satellite coverage stretching from the eastern Atlantic Ocean across the European continent and as far east as Central Asia. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Eutelsat provided satellite coverage to Connexion by Boeing during a three-month test of the service on flights over the North Atlantic and Europe. Connexion by Boeing plans to begin installation in early 2004 of equipment for its service on airplanes.