Inflight connectivity provider Gogo has announced the upcoming launch of a new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service aimed at business aviation. The new service will use Gogo’s existing Ku-band satellite network, which currently provides bandwidth for over 550 commercial aviation aircraft across 10 airlines worldwide.
The company said the additional HTS capacity will boost the performance of both its new business aviation Ku-band service and its commercial aviation network, enabling streaming-class internet from takeoff to landing.
Specifically, the Gogo Ku business service will allow users to access live streaming video and audio, on-demand movies, large file downloads, personal smartphone use, real-time data for cockpit apps, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight.
“Gogo’s Ku satellite service will deliver a superior experience to anything else in the market today for anyone flying globally on business jets,” said Sergio Aguirre, senior vice president and general manager for Gogo Business Aviation. “Our customers’ hunger for data continues to increase and Gogo is ready to meet those needs on a global scale. While satellite networks used by competitors are designed and built for multiple markets including maritime, our network is designed for and fully dedicated to aviation, which will result in greater capacity and a better overall inflight Wi-Fi experience. And for those who fly internationally in and out of the U.S., Gogo Ku will be the perfect complement to the Gogo Biz 4G air-to-ground network – one comprehensive solution from one provider.”
The primary components of the onboard system include a tail-mounted antenna and hardware that is compatible with the Gogo Avance platform, said the company, adding that the new service is expected to be available in the second half of 2018.