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[April 14, 2014]
Gogo Unveils Next-Gen In-Flight Technology [Travel & Leisure Close - Up]
(Travel & Leisure Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Gogo, an aircraft communications service provider, announced 2Ku.
In a release, the Company noted this new technology will use the same low-profile antennas as Gogo's Ground to Orbit technology, which will be deployed for aircraft flying in North America; however, instead of using Gogo's Air to Ground solution for the return link to the ground, 2Ku will have two low-profile, high efficiency Ku-band satellite antennas. The new technology will deliver peak speeds to the aircraft of more than 70 Mbps.
"Gogo has proven time and again that it's the leader in developing and operationalizing new technologies for the aero market. 2Ku is the next step in our technological evolution and is a ground breaking new technology for the global commercial aviation market," said Gogo's president and CEO Michael Small. "When we launched our in-flight Internet service five years ago, we were able to deliver peak speeds to the aircraft of 3.1 Mbps through our ATG network. About a year ago, we began deployment of our next generation ATG-4 service, which took peak speeds to 9.8 Mbps. Our GTO solution takes the peak speed to 70 Mbps in the U.S. and 2Ku brings 70 Mbps to the rest of the world." "We anticipate that this technology will deliver peak speeds of 70 Mbps to the plane when initially launched and more than 100 Mbps when new spot beam satellite technologies become available," said Gogo's chief technology officer Anand Chari.
Gogo expects the new service to be available for the commercial aviation market in mid-2015.
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