Gogo partners with Intelsat to leverage first shared GEO/LEO network

A new partnership will see Gogo leverage Intelsat’s Globalized Network, which combines multi-layered Ku-band capacity on Intelsat EpicNG high throughput geosynchronous (GEO) satellites and OneWeb's planned low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation.
The Gogo 2Ku airborne terminal is designed to be compatible with multiple networks, including both the Intelsat EpicNG and OneWeb satellite constellations. “Gogo's open strategy gives us the ability to look to the entire satellite market for innovation,” commented Gogo's president and CEO, Michael Small.
Beginning in 2016, Gogo will expand its use of the Intelsat Globalized Network by purchasing additional
capacity on Intelsat's Ku-band infrastructure. Gogo's Intelsat network infrastructure will initially include use of traditional wide beam services and the next generation high throughput satellite (HTS) Intelsat EpicNG platform, which is expected to enter service in 2016. Coverage will include HTS for the North Atlantic, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Ocean provided by Intelsat 32e, Intelsat 33e and Horizons 3e.
In 2019, Gogo's 2Ku system will begin to access the world's first GEO/LEO shared network. When the network is fully deployed, Gogo's 2Ku systems will be able to dynamically route traffic across the fully global 10 Tbps shared network based on coverage, latency, throughput and other performance criteria. Gogo's customers will benefit from the continuous planned upgrades of the shared network, including up to 250 Mbps per plane on the Intelsat EpicNG fleet.
“Gogo's leading in-flight broadband service represents exactly the type of application for which our Globalized Network and Intelsat EpicNG platform are targeted: global, high performance and with a business model that will flourish with the right economics,” explained Intelsat’s CEO, Stephen Spengler. “Our goal in creating the Intelsat/OneWeb shared network is to bring together the best solutions to support customer growth today while at the same time providing a future-proof path to an ever-improving global satellite infrastructure."
“OneWeb's unique constellation will enable broadband connectivity in the polar-regions and at high latitudes will also have low latency because the satellites are much closer to earth,” added Anand Chari, Gogo's chief technology officer. “Intelsat EpicNG and the Intelsat Globalized Network provide high performance services that will increase our service capability in this year and beyond. By using this shared network, Gogo's 2Ku solution will be capable of delivering hundreds of Mbps per aircraft over every part of the globe.”

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