Surfing the Internet with speed and convenience over ten thousand meters high will soon be a reality. Gogo, which is a leading global aero-communications service provider that offers in-flight Internet, entertainment, connected aircraft services for airline operations and a host of other communications-related services to the commercial and business aviation markets, has just received the final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA to launch Gogo 2Ku. 2Ku is a cutting-edge technology satellite antenna which can provide 70Mbps internet to Gogo flights. The technology is currently already installed on Gogo’s 737-500 test plane and can now be used for in-flight testing.
Ku antennas on the aircraft pick up satellite signal and access points inside the aircraft distribute the WiFi signal.
As of now, seven commercial airlines have already signed up for the new technology which will be available in over 500 airplanes.
“This is a significant milestone for Gogo and a seminal event for in-flight Internet,” said the company’s CTO, Anand Chari. “We believe this will be the best performing technology for the global commercial aviation market bar none. Clearing this regulatory hurdle brings us one step closer to enabling our airline partners and their passengers to enjoy the future of in-flight Internet.”
The 2Ku technology that should be available this year should reach over 70 Mbps, which is 20 times greater than the internet currently offered by Air to Ground in the United States.