Gogo seeing 12Mbps speeds from new 2Ku antenna

Gogo's "2Ku" dual Ku-band antenna promises up to 70mbps downlinks.
Gogo’s “2Ku” dual Ku-band antenna has attracted many customers.

Gogo has announced that speed test results of its new 2Ku satellite antenna show it can consistently deliver speeds above 12 Mbps to a passenger, even if simultaneously streaming videos to more than 40 devices.

The news came as Gogo announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Michael Small, Gogo’s President and CEO, said: “2Ku is the first truly global broadband highway in the sky. It enables real-time streaming and live television programming and unlocks the full potential of the connected aircraft on a global basis.

“Eight airlines have selected this industry-leading technology since we first announced it a year and a half ago, a pace of adoption that’s unprecedented in our industry.”

During the quarter, Gogo said it had installed equipment on 114 commercial aircraft in the US and airline partners has retired 51 installed aircraft, primarily due to fleet-refresh programmes. As a result, it ended the quarter with 2,312 aircraft online.

The average monthly service revenue per aircraft online, or ARPA, increased to $11,303, up 12% year-over-year, driven primarily by connectivity service price increases. The estimated ARPA growth excluding the impact of regional jets would have been approximately 20% year-over-year.

For the rest of the world, Gogo ended the quarter with 160 aircraft online and approximately 400 aircraft awarded, but not yet installed.

Overall, Gogo’s quarterly revenue increased to $126.4 million, up 22% year-over-year; service revenue increased to $107.2 million, up 31% year-over-year; and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) increased to $9.7 million, up 738% or $8.5 million year-over-year.

Gogo’s Executive Vice President and CFO, Norman Smagley, said: “Going forward, we also expect strong growth in revenue and profitability supported by the aggressive roll out of 2Ku.”

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