Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) has announced 2Ku in its technology roadmap for global connectivity. Japan Airlines is expected to be among the first to trial 2Ku advanced technology. It will use low-profile antennas as in Gogo’s Ground to Orbit (GTO) technology deployed for aircraft flying in North America. For the return link to the ground, 2Ku will use 2 low-profile, high efficiency Ku-band satellite antennas to deliver peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps to the aircraft.
“Gogo has proven time and again that it’s the leader in developing and operationalizing new technologies for the aero market. 2Ku is the next step in our technological evolution and is a ground breaking new technology for the global commercial aviation market,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “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. 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.”
“We anticipate that this technology will deliver peak speeds of 70 Mbps to the plane when initially launched and more than 100 Mbps when new spot beam satellite technologies become available,” added Gogo’s chief technology officer, Anand Chari.