Posted on: 29 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Gogo plans to upgrade its satellite modem to allow use with its next generation 2Ku and Ku satellite technologies, engineering an increase in throughput from the satellite to end users on the aircraft.
Developed in partnership with Gilat Satellite Networks, the modem will be capable of delivering 400 Mbps to an aircraft and have the capability to simultaneously support IP streaming and IPTV.
“Just like your home or office Wi-Fi set-up, you can make improvements to the amount of bandwidth delivered, but if the modem can’t support that bandwidth, you can create a choke point in the network,” explained Anand Chari, Gogo’s chief technology officer. “Gogo’s next generation modem is being built with a lot of room to spare so it will be ready to handle data delivered from next generation high throughput satellites and beyond.
“This incredibly fast modem is an example of how we are building our network on an open architecture so that our customer can seamlessly migrate to the fastest and cheapest new satellite technologies as they come online,” Chari continued. “Our 2Ku antenna is twice as spectrally efficient as any other antenna, and this modem will allow us to deliver that speed advantage to our customers. It also will allow our customers to seamlessly upgrade to the new Ku High Throughput Satellites (HTS) that have just started to be launched, and the massive-scale low earth orbit (LEO) constellations planned over the next decade.”
Gogo has been lab testing the new modem, which has already delivered 200 Mbps using the company’s 2Ku antenna. The new modem will begin flight testing on Gogo’s Boeing 737 test lab – the Jimmy Ray – in the coming months, with commercial delivery expected to begin in 2017.