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Gogo talks about next generation of in-flight interent

Gogo was one of the first companies that got into in-flight internet connectivity. The company is now talking up its next generation services that will offer faster speeds to airline passengers thanks to new technology that will use the same low-profile antenna as the Ground to Orbit technology offers.
 
Rather than using the Air to Ground solution for the return link to the ground, the new 2Ku system will have a pair of low-profile Ku-band satellite antennas. This will allow peak data speeds of up to 70 Mbps.
 
“When we launched our in-flight Internet service five years ago, we were able to deliver peak speeds to the aircraft of 3.1 Mbps through our ATG network,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “About a year ago, we began deployment of our next generation ATG-4 service, which took peak speeds to 9.8 Mbps. Our GTO solution takes the peak speed to 70 Mbps in the U.S. and 2Ku brings 70 Mbps to the rest of the world.”
 
Gogo says that the 2Ku antenna is two times more efficient spectrally than other antennas on the market. That means more bandwidth at lower costs. The small antenna is 4.5-inches tall, which helps to minimize the effects of drag on the aircraft. The antenna supports the Ku satellites in orbit now and will support future Ku satellites, including spot beam satellites.
 
Gogo says that when these future spot beam satellites are available, peak speeds will increase to 100 Mbps. Gogo's latest in-flight internet system is expected to be available in mid-2015.

Source: Gogo



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RE: Would rather have reasonable prices...
By DanNeely on 4/8/2014 1:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
You're connecting via communication satellites that cost around a billion dollars each. It's *never* going to be a dirt cheap service unless we can find a way to slash launch costs by at least an order of magnitude.


By cpoole on 4/10/2014 12:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
This is completely incorrect. In flight internet uses cell towers, not satellites. So actually it should be dirt cheap, but the airlines just like to screw people


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