Inmarsat, the British telecommunications company that helped track the route of missing
The company made the announcement in advance of the conference on aircraft-tracking being hosted Monday by the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal.
Inmarsat said in a statement that the service will be open to "virtually 100% of the world's long haul commercial fleet." About 11,000 commercial aircraft are already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection.
"In the wake of the loss of MH370, we believe this is simply the right thing to do," Chief Executive Rupert Pearce said. "This offer responsibly, quickly and at little or no cost to the industry, addresses in part the problem brought to light by the recent tragic events around MH370."
But data signals from the plane were registered on Inmarsat's satellite network and were good enough to construct a highly accurate track on its flight path that turned the search south – off the coast of Australia.