Gogo Hits Milestone, Installs In-flight Internet on 2,000th Aircraft
Gogo announced that it has installed its 2,000th in-flight Internet system on a commercial aircraft. The 2,000th aircraft was an American Airlines jet. American Airlines was Gogo’s launch customer in 2008 and the first U.S. airline to offer in-flight Internet access.
More than 300 of the 2,000 aircraft are running on Gogo’s faster ATG-4 technology, which is capable of providing greater bandwidth, and the company plans to increase this number to 500 by year’s end.
Gogo recently unveiled its Ground to Orbit (GTO) product, which will use a combination of satellite technology and cellular towers, and is expected to provide users with speeds of up to six times faster than what air-to-ground systems are currently capable of. The new technology will use a Ku-band antenna specifically designed for downloading data, while relying on current air-to-ground technology for uploading data. This will allow passengers to watch streaming video in-flight with little if any difficulty.
Gogo will begin implementing the new system in North America in the second half of 2014.
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