Posted on: 23 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Gogo has signed a deal with SES for major High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam and wide beam capacity aboard the SES-14 and SES-15 satellites to meet the growing demand for high-speed in-flight connectivity (IFC).
The two advanced HTS satellites, which are scheduled for launch in 2017, will cover North America including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada, as well as Central and South America, the Caribbean and the North Atlantic.
Gogo will also have access to HTS capacity on an additional SES-12 HTS satellite, which is also set to launch in 2017, with high-powered spot beam and wide beam coverage over Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Russia.
“Gogo is all about bringing the best customer experience to our aviation partners; this deal will dramatically increase bandwidth and drive overall costs per bit down by orders of magnitude,” averred Anand Chari, Gogo’s chief technology officer. “2Ku was originally designed to take advantage of these satellite enhancements. Airline partners who already committed to 2Ku will be able to take advantage of this new arrangement once the systems are flying without any equipment modifications.”
The company hopes its deal with SES will also provide a better experience for passengers using its live television product, Gogo TV.
“SES is very pleased to cultivate our longstanding relationship with Gogo, a leading provider of IFC. SES has developed the very best hybrid HTS solution in the world, fully capable of meeting the dynamic and ever-changing demands of airlines and their passengers, who expect a connected living room experience anywhere they go,” continued Elias Zaccack, SES’s SVP commercial for the Americas region. “SES’s HTS satellite constellation offers unique features for aeronautical connectivity, including Hawaii-to-Rome, and Arctic Circle-to-Patagonia connectivity along with a fully redundant network, low cost and low weight and drag of onboard equipment, backward compatibility, and high quality gate-to-gate service with the best possible availability.”