Gogo Signs Deal with Satellite Provider SES to Boost In-Flight Wi-Fi Speed

By Paul Riegler on 23 February 2016
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Using Gogo on board an American flight to Chicago

Using Gogo on board an American flight to Chicago

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo announced a deal with global satellite operator SES that will boost in-flight Internet service over the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, as well as Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the North Atlantic.

The agreement is for capacity on two high-powered satellites scheduled to go into service in 2017 as well as for capacity on an additional satellite, also scheduled to launch in 2017, which will provide service over Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Russia.

Gogo, which was the first company to offer domestic in-flight Internet service in the United States, has struggled in recent years to compete with newer, faster services. Its air-to-ground technology, installed first on American Airlines aircraft and later on Delta’s as well as those of ten other carriers, only functions when flying over land, has limited capacity, and offers relatively low speed service.

Chicago-based Gogo said that the deal will significantly speed up its service and also improve the service it provides for its live television product, Gogo TV.

“This deal will dramatically increase bandwidth and drive overall costs per bit down by orders of magnitude,” said Anand Chari, the company’s chief technology officer.

In a statement, Gogo described the deal as one of the largest ever signed in this space, although neither company released financial details about the agreement.

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