Showing posts with label Gogo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gogo. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Gogo envisions air-to-ground 5G network for Aviation

Gogo plans to build an air-to-ground 5G network in North America for aviation.

The new air-to-ground (ATG) network will be designed for use on business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets and smaller mainline jets operating within the contiguous United States and Canada.

The 5G network will leverage Gogo's existing infrastructure of more than 250 towers and will use unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4GHz range, along with a proprietary modem and advanced beamforming technology.

Gogo said its 5G infrastructure will support all spectrum types (licensed, shared, unlicensed) and bands (mid, high, low), and will allow Gogo to take advantage of new advances in technology as they are developed.

https://concourse.gogoair.com/gogo-to-launch-5g-network-for-aviation/


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gogo announces restructuring

Gogo, which specializes in in-flight Internet connectivity, announced a corporated restructuring aimed at transforming its business model and cost structure.

Oakleigh Thorne, President and CEO of Gogo, said, "The initiatives we are executing under our Integrated Business Plan demonstrate our commitment to taking aggressive action to position Gogo for sustainable value creation. Gogo 2020 represents a new era for Gogo with a significantly reduced cost structure, much lower capital expenditures, and a streamlined and standardized approach to meeting the needs of our customers with improved quality and service. As we prioritize resources to strengthen the resiliency of our model, we remain focused on accomplishing our objectives without sacrificing our long-term growth opportunities and will continue to evaluate strategic options to drive revenue, monetize assets and realize the significant value of our business."

The Gogo 2020 plans calls for ,aterially reducing upfront equipment subsidies for airline contracts and reducing total operating spend in Gogo's Commercial Aviation "CA" business (excluding satellite costs) by nearly 20% by the end of 2020.

Gogo said it is reviewing strategic alternatives, including opportunities suggested by various strategic and financial parties, with the goal of maximizing shareholder value.

Gogo also updated its 2018 guidance as follows:


  • Total revenue of $865 million to $935 million, in line with prior guidance;
  • 2Ku incremental aircraft on-line to be at the low end of the prior guidance range of 550 to 650;
  • Gross capex of $150 million to $170 million and cash capex of $110 million to $130 million, in line with prior guidance;
  • Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $35-45 million.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Oak Thorne takes the helm at Gogo

Oakleigh Thorne has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, replacing Michael J. Small, who has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a director of the company. Gogo said the decision for Small to leave the company was "mutual".

Mr. Thorne, a director of the company since 2003, has approximately 30 years of leadership experience with significant operational and financial expertise. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Thorndale Farm LLC, the family office of the Thorne family, which is the largest Gogo shareholder, owning approximately 30 percent of the ompany's outstanding common stock. Mr. Thorne has served in numerous senior management positions, including as Chief Executive Officer of two public companies.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gogo Signs Major Capacity Deal Across Intelsat Globalized Network

Gogo signed a long-term agreement with Intelsat for pole-to-pole and gate-to-gate coverage from the 10 Tbps shared Intelsat EpicNG/OneWeb network.

Specifically, Gogo’s next generation in-flight connectivity technology will be powered by an innovative high performance shared network featuring reliable, multi-layered Ku-band capacity on the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput geosynchronous (GEO) satellites combined with OneWeb’s planned low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. Beginning in 2016, Gogo will expand its use of the Intelsat Globalized Network by purchasing additional capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band infrastructure, a contiguous, resilient network within Intelsat’s 50 satellite system which covers 99 percent of the world’s populated regions.

Gogo’s Intelsat network infrastructure will initially include use of traditional wide beam services and the next generation high throughput satellite (HTS) Intelsat EpicNG platform, which is expected to enter service in 2016. Coverage will include HTS for the North Atlantic, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Ocean provided by Intelsat 32e, Intelsat 33e and Horizons 3e. In 2019, Gogo’s 2KU system will begin to access the world’s first GEO/LEO shared network, an evolving service architecture that will incorporate the best features of Intelsat GEO and OneWeb LEO HTS capacity as the complete Intelsat EpicNG and OneWeb systems deploy. When the network is fully deployed, Gogo’s 2Ku systems will be able to dynamically route traffic across the fully global 10 Tbps shared network based on coverage, latency, throughput and other performance criteria.

“Gogo’s open strategy gives us the ability to look to the entire satellite market for innovation, and Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites combined with OneWeb’s LEO constellation offers numerous advantages for aviation,” said Gogo’s president and chief executive officer, Michael Small. “Gogo continues to invest in open platforms that leverage the best connectivity technologies for aviation, because single technology, closed systems will not survive the test of time.”

http://www.intelsat.com/global-network/satellites/epicng/

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gogo Leases Capacity on SES Next Gen Satellites

Gogo has contracted major High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam and wide beam capacity aboard two SES next-generation HTS satellites, SES-14 and SES-15, which are set for launch in 2017.

The deal will enable Gogo to address the growing demand for high-speed inflight connectivity on travel routes over North America, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada, as well as Central America and the Caribbean. Gogo will also have access to HTS capacity on an additional satellite, SES-12, which is set to be launched in 2017 with high-powered spot beam and wide beam coverage over Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Russia.

"SES is pleased to extend our longstanding relationship with Gogo, a leading provider of inflight connectivity," said Elias Zaccack, SES Senior Vice President, Commercial, Americas. "On board two new satellites, SES-14 and SES-15, we have one of the best hybrid HTS solutions in the world. It is ideally placed to meet the dynamic demands of airlines and their passengers, who expect high-performing connectivity anywhere they go. We offer the necessary global connectivity, from Hawaii to Rome and the Arctic Circle to Patagonia. We offer a fully redundant network at a competitive cost, using low weight and backwards compatible onboard equipment. We offer high quality gate-to-gate service with the best possible availability. Our HTS satellite constellation and customer solution thus offers unique features for aeronautical connectivity."

Friday, November 13, 2015

Gogo's 2Ku Delivers 70 Mbps In-Flight

Gogo said its 2Ku next generation satellite technology is capable of matching or exceeding the bandwidth of any other system currently offered.  The new technology will deliver peak speeds to the aircraft of more than 70 Mbps.

As part of the flight testing of 2Ku on its Boeing 737 aircraft, Gogo has simultaneously streamed videos on more than 40 devices while supporting browsing on additional devices. The technology also benefits from the global coverage and redundancy of the more than 180 satellites in the Ku-band.  In addition, the proprietary antenna design gives 2Ku a significant cost advantage over any other global solution.

Gogo's 2Ku is expected to be launched commercially in the coming months.

"This is a tremendous milestone for Gogo.  In about a year and a half, we've been able to fully develop and bring this new technology to market, a speed which is unprecedented in this industry.  The accomplishment really highlights Gogo's leadership in this space and the tremendously talented employees we have within our ranks," said Gogo's president and CEO Michael Small.  "Gogo created the in-flight connectivity market in the U.S. through its technological innovations, and we expect 2Ku to be the technology that kick-starts this industry for global aviation."



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gogo Hits Inflight Wi-Fi Milestone - 2,500 Aircraft

Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi service hit a significant milestone this month as the company now has 2500 commercial aircraft equipped for its connectivity.

Out of the 2500 aircraft, more than 860 have been outfitted with the company's higher capacity air-to-ground solution – ATG-4 – and more than 150 aircraft are installed with its Ku-band satellite system.

The company expects nearly 1,000 aircraft to be flying with ATG-4 by the end of this year, which represents close to 40 percent of all Gogo equipped aircraft.

 "Increasing bandwidth to the aircraft is a big priority for us. What's notable about this milestone is the fact that we are not only increasing the number of aircraft with Gogo connectivity services, we are increasingly installing higher bandwidth solutions," added Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO. "This milestone comes right before we get ready to launch our latest and greatest 2Ku technology to the world, which will further increase bandwidth to the aircraft."

http://gogo.to/2Ku

Monday, April 28, 2014

AT&T Eyes Air-to-Ground LTE In-Flight Service

AT&T is looking to launch an LTE-based in-flight connectivity service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation over the continental United States.

AT&T said it is working with Honeywell to provide hardware and service capabilities to deliver the in-flight connectivity solution. The companies did not disclose which spectrum bands already owned by AT&T they would use or how the new air-to-ground network would be configured.  They expect in-flight broadband performance will exceed current offerings and that the service could be available as soon as late 2015.
“Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet,” said John Stankey, Chief Strategy Officer at AT&T. “We are building on AT&T’s significant strengths to develop in-flight connectivity technology unlike any other that exists today, based on 4G LTE standards. We believe this will enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience. We expect this service to transform connectivity in the aviation industry – we are truly mobilizing the sky.”

http://about.att.com/story/mobilizing_the_sky_att_building_4g_lte_in_flight_connectivity_service.html

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DragonWave Supplies Microwave Backhaul for Gogo's Expansion

DragonWave has been selected as a microwave solutions provider for backhaul connectivity as part of Gogo‘s ongoing expansion efforts. Gogo will use the DragonWave Horizon Quantum and Horizon Compact+ radios for linking its remote tower locations back into a wired network.  DragonWave’s links are designed into the Gogo network by Future Technologies Venture.

Gogo's in-flight services are available on more than 2,000 commercial aircraft and more than 6,500 business jets.

“Our requirements are unique in that we needed to find a cost effective, reliable and quick solution to link our customers back into a wired network from our remotely positioned towers,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer. “We’ve selected DragonWave, as we’ve had a strong relationship with them over the past few years and have had reliable performance, service and support of the company’s products, which, in turn, has helped us provide a reliable quality of service to our inflight customers”

“We’ve enjoyed helping support the unique vision Gogo is pursuing to provide airline travelers around the world with dependable inflight entertainment services,” said Peter Allen, DragonWave President and CEO. “Probably the best compliment one gets from a customer is repeat business, and we’re committed to help Gogo succeed as they expand their business of connecting passengers to the Internet at 30,000 feet."  

http://www.gogoair.com
http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gogo In-flight Wi-Fi Now on 2,000 Commercial Aircraft

Gogo hit a major milestone by installing its 2000th commercial aircraft with its in-flight Internet service.

Out of the 2,000 aircraft installed with Gogo's in-flight Internet service, more than 300 have now been equipped with the company's next generation service – ATG-4 – that increases peak bandwidth to the aircraft by more than three times Gogo's original service.  The company expects to have more than 500 Gogo equipped aircraft outfitted with ATG-4 by the end of this year.

http://www.gogoair.com


  • Earlier this month, Gogo announced plans to deploy a proprietary, hybrid Ground-to-Orbit architecture by the second half of next year that would combine existing satellite technologies with its Air to Ground (ATG) cellular network.  The technology will use satellite for receive only (transmission to the plane) and Gogo's Air to Ground network for the return link (transmission to the ground).  Gogo will be utilizing a Ku antenna developed specifically for receive only functionality.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Gogo's Ground to Orbit Architecture Promises 60 Mbps to Aircraft

Gogo plans to deploy a proprietary, hybrid Ground-to-Orbit architecture by the second half of next year that would combines existing satellite technologies with Gogo's Air to Ground (ATG) cellular network.  The technology will use satellite for receive only (transmission to the plane) and Gogo's Air to Ground network for the return link (transmission to the ground).  Gogo will be utilizing a Ku antenna developed specifically for receive only functionality.

"When we launched our in-flight Internet service five years ago, we were able to deliver 3.1 Mbps per aircraft through our Air to Ground network.  About a year ago, we began rapidly deploying our next generation Air to Ground service that took peak speeds to 9.8 Mbps.  GTO will now take peak speeds to more than 60 Mbps. That's a 20-fold increase from where we started," stated Gogo's president and CEO, Michael Small.

Virgin America will be the launch partner of the new service, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2014.

http://www.gogoair.com/

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