Today we are happy to announce that we have conducted our first successful test flight and have begun the nationwide rollout of our new regional Air-to-Ground (ATG) inflight network called ATG-NG.
The ATG-NG network combined with our proprietary aero antenna, in-cabin network and software platform will bring up to 30 times more bandwidth to an aircraft than our original ATG solution. Once the network upgrades are complete, we will have a North American ATG solution that will deliver performance on the aircraft that is comparable to our 2Ku global satellite solution.
The ATG-NG network will have peak capacity of more than 100 Gbps. When combined with our global satellite network, Gogo will have the highest capacity network ever built that’s dedicated to serving aviation.
“Gogo is the Inflight Internet Company. By leveraging our existing network, ATG-NG delivers more bandwidth at much lower costs,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO.
ATG-NG utilizes unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4GHz spectrum band as well as the licensed spectrum from our original ATG network to provide greater bandwidth and reliability. It also leverages Gogo’s existing ATG network backhaul and infrastructure of more than 250 cell towers. On the aircraft, Gogo has developed a proprietary new antenna and modem that will produce peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps per aircraft.
The solution will be ideal for business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets and select mainline aircraft operating in the U.S. For business aviation aircraft, this service will be available as an upgrade to aircraft already equipped with Gogo’s Avance L5 connectivity solution. For commercial aviation, any aircraft outfitted with equipment designed to leverage Gogo’s first generation ATG network will simply need to be outfitted with a new modem and blade antenna to take advantage of the new service. The network will be available in 2018.