Gogo has conducted its first successful test flight and has begun the nationwide rollout of its new North American regional Air-to-Ground (ATG) inflight network.
The next-generation ATG network combined with Gogo’s proprietary aero antenna, in-cabin network and software platform will bring up to 30 times more bandwidth to an aircraft than its original ATG solution.
Once the network upgrades are complete, Gogo says it will have a North American ATG solution that will deliver performance on the aircraft that is comparable to Gogo’s 2Ku global satellite solution.
Gogo’s next-generation ATG network will have peak network capacity of more than 100 Gbps. When combined with its global satellite network, Gogo claims it will have the highest capacity network ever built that’s dedicated to serving aviation.
Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO, said: “Our networks and inflight connectivity solutions are dedicated to serving aviation and today we are delivering more bandwidth to deliver a better passenger experience and support our aviation partners’ operations.
“Our next-generation ATG network utilises unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4GHz spectrum band as well as the licensed spectrum from Gogo’s original ATG network to provide greater bandwidth and reliability.
“It also leverages Gogo’s existing ATG network backhaul and infrastructure of more than 250 cell towers. On the aircraft, Gogo has developed a proprietary new antenna and modem that will produce peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps per aircraft.”
The company says the solution will be ideal for business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets and select mainline aircraft operating in the U.S.
For business aviation aircraft, this service will be available as an upgrade to aircraft already equipped with Gogo’s Avance L5 connectivity solution.
For commercial aviation, any aircraft outfitted with equipment designed to leverage Gogo’s first-generation ATG network will simply need to be outfitted with a new modem and blade antenna to take advantage of the new service.
The network will be available in 2018.