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Gogo, SES to Offer Satellite In-Flight Wi-Fi to Airlines

By gguarino | June 18, 2012
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Gogo signed a memorandum of understanding with satellite operator SES to bring high-speed, satellite Internet access to airlines, the companies said Monday.

SES manages a worldwide fleet of 50 geostationary satellites, and Gogo will utilize the Ku-band capacity on current and future SES satellites to provide wireless Internet service to airlines serving the continental United States, the Atlantic Ocean region and Europe. Gogo said it hopes the agreement will allow it to offer more connectivity options to a wider range of airlines.

“By partnering with SES, Gogo aims to provide the reliable and seamless satellite coverage our current and prospective airline partners must have to meet airline passengers’ demands for high-quality, high-speed Internet access on the fly,” said Gogo President and CEO Michael Small. “With the addition of a trusted satellite operator and Ku-band connectivity solution, Gogo is well positioned to provide a broad range of airlines and aircraft with a variety of technology solutions. Whether it’s Gogo’s exclusive air to ground and ATG-4 technologies, SES’s Ku-band satellites or, Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite technologies, we plan to offer a full range of connectivity solutions for any aircraft mission.” 

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