Gogo’s next-generation inflight modem enters service

Gogo's "2Ku" dual Ku-band antenna that will benefit from the new modem.
Gogo’s “2Ku” dual Ku-band antenna.

Gogo has announced that its next-generation modem for its Ku-band inflight connectivity services has been introduced into commercial airline service.

It says the proprietary features of the new device will significantly increase throughput from the satellite to end users on the aircraft.

The modem is capable of delivering more than 16x the throughput of Gogo’s existing modem, which offers plenty of room to support the increased capacity of next generation high-throughput satellites as they come online.

The new device includes dual channels to simultaneously support internet traffic and broadcast IPTV.

It also features faster and more sophisticated processing that enables much shorter hand-offs from one satellite to the next.

Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “We are always looking at new innovations in each component of our connectivity solutions.

“This new modem greatly improves the performance of our industry leading 2Ku solution, as well as our Ku solution, and is forward compatible with new HTS satellite constellations.

“It also helps us future proof our in-flight connectivity solutions.”

The new modem will be retrofitted on more than 450 aircraft on which Gogo’s 2Ku or Ku systems are installed through an easy plug and play installation process.

In addition, the 2Ku system installed on Gogo’s backlog of more than 1400 aircraft will include the new hardware.

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