Gogo 2Ku-equipped aircraft first to use SES-15 HTS capacity

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

Gogo announced today that it now has more than 200 aircraft equipped with its 2Ku inflight connectivity technology which are now utilising the increased Ku-band capacity delivered by the SES-15 satellite.

These aircraft came online in SES-15’s first operational month and are the first to benefit from the new high-throughput satellite (HTS) capacity.

SES-15 entered service in January 2018 and is SES’s first hybrid satellite providing Ku-band wide beams and Ku-band spot-beam capacity over North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Due to SES-15’s high-powered HTS beams, SES says all Gogo aircraft outfitted with its next generation modem will experience an even better customer experience with improved economics.

All new 2Ku installations enter service with the upgraded modem, and all 2Ku equipped aircraft are expected to have the new modem by the end of this year.

SES-15 satellite. Image: Boeing.
SES-15 satellite. Image: Boeing.

Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “Gogo’s 2Ku technology is delivering industry leading performance today, but we designed the technology with an open architecture so it could take advantage of numerous enhancements over time.

“As we layer in more HTS capacity from satellites like SES-15, 2Ku’s performance will get even stronger without having to touch the aircraft.”

Elias Zaccack, Executive Vice President Global Sales at SES Networks, said: “Deploying HTS connectivity requires a coordinated and collaborative approach because of the spot beam design.

“We are proud of our strong working relationship with the entire Gogo team.”

Gogo has signed capacity agreements across 11 SES satellites around the world, including agreements for HTS capacity on-board SES-15 and SES-14, which successfully launched in January 2018 and will provide additional HTS capacity over Latin America, the Caribbean, and across the North Atlantic.

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