Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity exceeds 100Mbps during flight tests

Gogo's "2Ku" dual Ku-band antenna.
Gogo’s “2Ku” dual Ku-band antenna.

Gogo says it has taken its 2Ku inflight connectivity performance to the next level, exceeding speeds of 100 Mbps during tests.

The performance figure was achieved on Gogo’s test aircraft, the Jimmy Ray, using its proprietary 2Ku antenna, Gogo’s new next-generation modem and a high-throughput Ku-band satellite.

Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “When we launched 2Ku we knew that the performance would get better with our next-generation modem and new high-throughput satellites.

“We have capacity on HTS satellites in orbit today and 2Ku’s open architecture allows us to take advantage of satellite innovations over time.

“We also continue to improve our aircraft hardware – servers, modems, antenna, and wireless access points. This performance achievement demonstrates the progress we’ve made on both fronts.”

Gogo says its new modem upgrades the performance of both its 2Ku and Ku global satellite services.

Gogo's "Jimmy Ray" B-737 test aircraft.
Gogo’s “Jimmy Ray” B-737 test aircraft.

It says the proprietary features of the new modem significantly increase throughput and reliability to and from the aircraft. The modem also will support access to streaming video through the internet and live television programming through Gogo’s IPTV product – Gogo TV.

Michael Small, President and CEO of Gogo, said: “There are now more than 100 2Ku aircraft flying with our first-generation modem utilising existing wide-beam satellite technologies.

“Under these conditions, the technology is already delivering industry-leading performance. With the new modem and HTS satellites, we are setting a very high bar for the industry.

“We are going to deliver this technology upgrade to our airline partners without needing to take an aircraft out of service, which is incredibly important for their operations.”

The new modem will be installed beginning in the second half of 2017. Eventually, it will be installed on more than 1,500 2Ku and 250 Ku aircraft across 13 leading airlines.”

Gogo has partnerships with 16 commercial airlines and has installed in-flight connectivity technology on more than 2,900 commercial aircraft. More than 4,200 business aircraft are also flying with its solutions, including the world’s largest fractional ownership fleets.

Gogo is also a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer.

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