Through a unique partnership with cellular providers, Gogo® began as Aircell in 1991, providing analog-based voice communications on private aircraft in North America. By the late ‘90s, we had successfully leveraged a satellite-based system to offer voice communication on overseas flights. Our next step was to devise a way to bring the power of in-air connectivity to the masses, thereby keeping travelers fully connected to life.
In 2006, we were awarded the FCC’s exclusive Air-To-Ground (ATG) 3Mhz broadband frequency license, which allowed us to build an uninterrupted network across the continental U.S. We completed our network in 2008, and revolutionized commercial air travel when we unveiled our Gogo Internet service on commercial flights.
In addition to Gogo’s existing ATG technology, the company will enhance current technologies via a next-generation version of ATG called “ATG-4” as well as Ka-band satellite technology when it becomes available. To date, Gogo has equipped more than 1,500 commercial aircraft and more than 5,000 business jets with our exclusive online services. Our technology options give us the unique flexibility to offer attractive solutions for every airline, aircraft, and mission. Below is a list of our current and future technologies and how they fit into our technology roadmap:
- Air-to-Ground (ATG): With a proven track record of performance, reliability, and scalability, Gogo’s ATG-based service will continue to provide a rich user experience for connected travelers by featuring 3G wireless utilizing EV-DO Rev. A.
- ATG-4: Gogo’s ATG-4 service will significantly enhance the existing ATG network and improve per aircraft capacity by approximately four times current performance through the addition of Directional Antenna, Dual Modem, and EV-DO Rev. B technologies. ATG-4 is scheduled for commercial delivery in 2012. This new platform is backwards compatible and allows for upgrades to existing ATG systems through low cost retrofits.
- Ka-band satellite/Global Coverage: Gogo was named a service provider for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress™ satellite service in November, 2011. Inmarsat has also selected Gogo’s business aviation subsidiary, Aircell, as a distribution partner for the business and government aviation markets.
- Working with Inmarsat, Gogo will begin in-flight testing of the Global Xpress aeronautical services after the launch of the first Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is scheduled for mid-2013. Gogo plans to offer Ka-satellite service in the 1st quarter of 2015. Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service will allow Gogo to utilize the first global Ka-band solution, which is expected to bring significantly improved performance to the global aero market in terms of coverage, capacity and cost.
Business Aviation Technologies: For the business aviation market, Aircell, a Gogo company, currently offers three different in-flight technologies, including Iridium Satellite, Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (satellite), and Gogo Biz™ (ATG). We will soon announce our plans for ATG-4 and Ka-band satellite for our business aviation customers.