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Friday, September 7, 2012

Intelsat Signs In-Flight Provider Gogo to Ku-band Capacity Platform

Jeffrey Hill

Intelsat has reached an agreement with Gogo to provide broadband satellite capacity that will support its in-flight connectivity and digital entertainment solutions, the FSS operator announced Sept. 7.
Gogo signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to use Ku-band satellite capacity on Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21, Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 27. Gogo will use the capacity to offer in-flight Internet access for passengers on air routes covering portions of the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans, as well as routes over South America, Asia, Africa and Australia starting in 2013.
Gogo President and CEO Michael Small said his company signed with Intelsat due to its recent investments in the aviation market, including the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG open architecture platform.
“We expect [Intelsat EpicNG] will allow us to provide the reliable and seamless satellite coverage our current and prospective airline partners must have to meet passenger demand for high-speed Internet access on transoceanic and other international flights,” Small said in a statement. “This agreement is expected to enable Gogo to provide a broad range of aircraft with a variety of technology solutions. Whether it's our exclusive air to ground and ATG-4 technologies, or advanced satellite technologies, we expect to offer a full range of connectivity solutions for any aircraft type or mission.”

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