[Via Satellite 01-16-2015] Gogo has received regulatory approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate its next generation In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) technology – 2Ku. The FCC blanket approval enables Gogo to operate its 2Ku system on 1,000 aircraft and clears the path forward to launching the new service, which will likely come available for the commercial aviation market in the second half of 2015.
“Clearing the necessary regulatory hurdles to provide this service to an aircraft flying anywhere around the globe is no small feat. Gogo has proven it is a leader at navigating these environments for all aircraft types no matter where they fly,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “We are happy that the launch of 2Ku is proceeding as planned and are continuing to work with the FAA on approval for installation.”
Gogo expects the new 2Ku technology will outperform other global connectivity solutions currently available in the market with new antenna technology that is expected to deliver peak speeds to the aircraft of more than 70 Mbps.