Intelsat has announced that Gogo has signed an agreement for services on the Intelsat 29e satellite.
Gogo will use high-throughput services from the first satellite in the global EpicNG satellites network to deliver inflight Wi-Fi service to passenger airplanes operating in the heavily-traveled North Atlantic route.
The connectivity provided by I-29e, which began operations earlier this year, will deliver bridge services for Gogo until Intelsat 32e becomes operational in 2017.
Intelsat is also providing Gogo with IntelsatOne-managed services via its Mountainside, Maryland teleport.
In March 2016, Gogo signed an agreement with the provider to deliver next-generation in-flight connectivity services via multi-layered Ku-band services on its EpicNG satellites combined with OneWeb’s planned low earth orbit satellite constellation.
Coverage will include high-performance connectivity provided by Intelsat 32e, 33e and Horizons 3e.
Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO, said: “The performance of the EpicNG satellites demonstrates the value of high throughput satellite technology.
“When factoring in the ease of integration to EpicNG services, we opted to begin services with Intelsat 29e immediately and transition to I-32e when it becomes operational. We look forward to expanding our reach as more EpicNG satellites become available.”
Intelsat 33e will expand Gogo’s services across Europe, the Middle East and Asia when it begins service in the first quarter of 2017 at 60° East, and the Horizons 3e spacecraft will create a true global HTS service for Gogo when it begins operations over the Asia-Pacific region in 2018.
“We are delivering on the promise of HTS with EpicNG, with a unique design that provides immediate improvement in performance of up to 165 percent,” said its CEO Stephen Spengler.
“Customers are easily transitioning to the platform, validating our backwards-compatible, open-architecture design, and this enables Gogo to begin delivering broadband-enabled inflight Wi-Fi services in the North Atlantic today.
“We’re proving every day that the higher performance, improved economics and simplified access delivered by EpicNG satellites position aeronautical service providers to rapidly scale networks on a global basis, while staying ahead of explosive data-performance requirements.”