Gogo, a provider of broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, has announced its partnership with Intelsat to leverage the first shared GEO/LEO satellite network for in-flight connectivity. Under a long-term agreement, Gogo’s in-flight connectivity technology will be powered by a high performance shared network featuring reliable, multi-layered Ku-band capacity on the Intelsat Epic high throughput geosynchronous (GEO) satellites combined with OneWeb’s planned low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation.
The Gogo 2Ku airborne terminal is designed to be compatible with multiple networks, including both the Intelsat Epic and OneWeb satellite constellations. Beginning in 2016, Gogo will expand its use of the Intelsat Globalized Network by purchasing additional capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band infrastructure.
“Gogo’s open strategy gives us the ability to look to the entire satellite market for innovation, and Intelsat’s Epic satellites combined with OneWeb’s LEO constellation offers numerous advantages for aviation,” said Gogo’s president and chief executive officer, Michael Small. “Gogo continues to invest in open platforms that leverage the best connectivity technologies for aviation, because single technology, closed systems will not survive the test of time.”
“Gogo’s leading in-flight broadband service represents exactly the type of application for which our Globalized Network and Intelsat Epic platform are targeted: global, high performance and with a business model that will flourish with the right economics,” said Intelsat chief executive officer, Stephen Spengler. “Our goal in creating the Intelsat/OneWeb shared network is to bring together the best solutions to support customer growth today while at the same time providing a future-proof path to an ever-improving global satellite infrastructure.”