Posted on: 12 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Using its own Boeing 737 aircraft, Gogo has debuted its next generation 2Ku satellite technology during a series of flights in advance of the service’s commercial launch over the next few months.
“This is a tremendous milestone for Gogo. In about a year and a half, we've been able to fully develop and bring this new technology to market, a speed which is unprecedented in this industry,” declared Gogo's president and CEO, Michael Small. “The accomplishment really highlights Gogo's leadership in this space and the tremendously talented employees we have within our ranks. Gogo created the in-flight connectivity market in the US through its technological innovations, and we expect 2Ku to be the technology that kick-starts this industry for global aviation.”
As part of the flight testing of 2Ku, Gogo has simultaneously streamed videos on more than 40 devices while providing a browsing experience on additional devices. The technology benefits from global coverage, the redundancy of more than 180 satellites in the Ku-band and the cost advantage of a proprietary antenna.
“Gogo has a big advantage in that we aren't tied to any one particular technology. We looked at every available alternative on the market and found significant shortfalls with all of them," added Small. “So what did we do? We designed 2Ku to deliver peak performance in terms of coverage, cost, capacity and reliability without any of these shortfalls.”
Since Gogo announced 2Ku, 8 airlines representing more than 550 aircraft have adopted the technology for fleet deployment or a trial of the service.