Today, we are excited to announce that we have taken our 2Ku performance to the next level, exceeding speeds of 100 Mbps. This industry-leading performance was achieved on our test aircraft, the Jimmy Ray (N321GG), using our proprietary 2Ku antenna along with our new next generation modem and a high-throughput satellite.
“When we launched 2Ku, we knew that the performance would get better with our next generation modem and new high-throughput satellites,” said Anand Chari, our chief technology officer.
“We have capacity on HTS satellites in orbit today and 2Ku’s open architecture allows us to take advantage of satellite innovations over time. We also continue to improve our aircraft hardware – servers, modems, antenna, and wireless access points. This performance achievement demonstrates the progress we’ve made on both fronts.”
Our new modem upgrades the performance of both our 2Ku and our Ku global satellite services. The proprietary features of the new modem significantly increase throughput and reliability to and from the aircraft. The modem also will support access to streaming video and live television programming through our IPTV product – Gogo TV.
“There are now more than 100 2Ku aircraft flying with our first-generation modem utilizing existing widebeam satellite technologies. Under these conditions, the technology is already delivering industry leading performance. In a recent review, travel reporter Paul Thompson was comfortably streaming Netflix on his Delta flight out of the Bahamas with speed tests showing upwards of 23Mbps.
With the new modem and HTS satellites, we are setting a very high bar for the industry,” said Michael Small, our president and CEO. “We are going to deliver this technology upgrade to our airline partners without needing to take an aircraft out of service, which is incredibly important for their operations.” The new modem will be installed beginning in the second half of 2017. Eventually, it will be installed on more than 1500 2Ku and 250 Ku aircraft across 13 leading airlines.