Posted on: 23 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Aircell will be adding next-generation voice capabilities to its inflight connectivity service, Gogo Biz, for business aircraft later this year.
Using advanced air-to-ground technology, Gogo Biz will offer the aviation industry with voice quality and clarity that Aircell claims will be unrivalled by any previous or existing aviation solution, along with internet performance similar to ground-based hotspots – all from a single equipment package.
Gogo Biz will also support several simultaneous voice calls and internet sessions, while preserving the high performance of each application.
John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice president and general manager, Business Aviation Services commented, “Aircell’s robust air-to-ground technology is extremely capable. We’ve considered adding voice to Gogo Biz from the very beginning, and today, we’re announcing that it will soon be a reality.”
“Gogo Biz is already the fastest-selling service in our history, and we expect interest to increase even further as voice is introduced.” Mr Wade added.
From an aircraft equipment perspective, Gogo Biz provides inflight Internet – and soon, optional voice service – through Aircell’s ATG 4000/5000 systems. Upgrade paths will be offered to current ATG 4000/5000 owners wishing to add Gogo Biz Voice to their existing infield installations. Aircell will introduce an expanded suite of Gogo Biz monthly service plans, allowing customers to choose both voice and data packages that meet their individual needs and usage patterns. Gogo Biz Voice will be compatible with the new Aircell Smartphone, its next-generation cabin handset.