Gogo’s 2Ku Equipped Aircraft First to Use SES 15 HTS Capacity
Gogo announced that it has more than 200 aircraft equipped with its 2Ku In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) technology using the increased High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity delivered by the SES 15 satellite.
SES 15 entered service in January 2018 and is the company’s first hybrid satellite providing Ku-band wide beams and Ku-band spot-beam capacity over North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. All new 2Ku installations enter service with the upgraded modem, and all 2Ku-equipped aircraft are expected to have the new modem by the end of this year.
“We designed the technology with an open architecture so it could take advantage of numerous enhancements over time,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). “As we layer in more HTS capacity from satellites like SES 15, 2Ku’s performance will get even stronger without having to touch the aircraft.”
Gogo has signed capacity agreements across 11 SES satellites around the world, including an agreement for HTS capacity onboard SES 14, which will provide additional capacity over Latin America, the Caribbean, and across the North Atlantic.