Gogo’s next-generation modem has been introduced into commercial airline service, the company said. Eventually, the company said the modem will be retrofitted on more than 450 aircraft that current fly with Gogo’s 2Ku or Ku systems.
"We are always looking at new innovations in each component of our connectivity solutions," said Anand Chari, Gogo’s CTO. "This new modem greatly improves the performance of our industry leading 2Ku solution, as well as our Ku solution, and is forward compatible with new high-throughput satellite constellations. This modem helps us future proof our in-flight connectivity solutions."
Gogo said that proprietary features on the modem should increase throughput. It is capable of delivery more than 16 times the throughput of the company’s existing modem. The new solution features dual channels, which simultaneously support internet and broadcast internet protocol TV. Gogo said “faster and more sophisticated processing” enables shorter hand-offs between satellites.