Gilat to Provide Gogo With Next-Generation Airborne IP Network Modem System

By Michael Guta March 07, 2016

Gogo, provider of broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, wants to ensure its customers are always connected, and to do that it has selected Gilat's next generation airborne IP network modem system with the X-Architecture.

Gilat has been providing reliable satellite solutions for more than a quarter of a century. With more than a million products shipped in 90 countries, service providers and operators rely on the satellite-based connectivity solutions the company delivers. This includes advanced on-the-move tactical communications for defense organizations around the world.

Although Gogo may not have the exact requirements of defense organizations, it nevertheless demands the reliability Gilat offers. Today's customers expect connectivity when they are flying, and in many instances business travelers will choose a carrier based on this option alone.

"The outstanding performance of the Gilat modem and system will provide Gogo with the throughput, scale and mobility it needs to offer exceptional in-flight connectivity services on a global scale, well into the future," said Anand Chari, Gogo's Chief Technology Officer.

In October of 2015, Gilat launched its distributed X-Architecture to address the ever growing demands of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS) for SkyEdge II-c. As a Software-Defined Networking (SDN)-based architecture, it will support mobility, enterprise, cellular and consumer broadband applications and business models from a single platform for satellite operators and service providers.

This will give aircrafts access to managed services in hosted or virtual network business models. And as cloud services continue to grow, it will now be available in the sky, giving travelers access to the resources they need to work or play. According to Gilat, the X-Architecture can deliver broadband access, 4G/LTE cellular rapid deployments, hardware and software enterprise Virtual Network Operators (VNOs), along with mobility applications for in-flight connectivity (IFC), maritime and trains. This includes dynamic on-demand services, giving companies more monetization opportunities.

"The commercial aviation and mobility markets are a strategic focus for Gilat. As such, we are determined to bring further innovation and maintain leadership in these areas. The selection by Gogo emphasizes the clear technological advantages Gilat offers its customers and partners," said Dov Baharav, Chairman of the Board and interim CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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