Gogo now has more than 150 aircraft equipped with 2Ku

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

Gogo has issued an operational update on the deployment of its 2Ku inflight connectivity system.

It says: “The technology is already on a pretty decent chunk of the Delta fleet, and several of our international airline partners are also flying with large portions of their fleets dedicated to Gogo 2Ku.

“As we slowly move into Spring, we’re excited to announce that we now have over 150 aircraft equipped with 2Ku.

“This is once again a major milestone, and we’d like to take the time to call out many of the teams out in the field that make this happen – especially our global logistics center, where we’ll be shipping over 1500 ‘kits’ in the next two years.”

Its blog entry also includes customers praising the system.

The Gogo system uses a two-element flat-panel phased-array antenna to beam-form onto a Ku-band satellite. “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols tested the 2Ku system in the skies over the UK in April 2016.

At that time Steve recorded typical speeds of around 10Mbps to the passenger, although the connection to the SES satellite in use at the time was “throttled” to a maximum of 20-25Mbps.

Recently Gogo has reported speeds of around 100Mbps to an aircraft during tests using a new modem design and a high-throughput (HTS) Ku-band satellite.

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