Posted on: 15 February 2018 by Alexander Preston
SES Networks is providing high throughput satellite (HTS) connectivity to more than 200 aircraft equipped with Gogo’s 2Ku in-flight connectivity technology.
The aircraft are the first to benefit from the increased capacity delivered by SES-15 (pictured), which entered service in January 2018, six months after its launch, 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.
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.
“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,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s chief technology officer. “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.”
“Deploying HTS connectivity requires a co-ordinated and collaborative approach because of the spot beam design,” said Elias Zaccack, executive vice president global sales at SES Networks. “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.