Gogo conducts test flight on its next generation ATG network

Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, has conducted its first successful test flight and has begun the nationwide rollout of its new regional Air-to-Ground (ATG) inflight network called ATG-NG, the company said.

The ATG-NG network combined with Gogo´s proprietary aero antenna, in-cabin network and software platform will bring up to 30 times more bandwidth to an aircraft than our original ATG solution. Once the network upgrades are complete, Gogo will have a North American ATG solution that will deliver performance on the aircraft that is comparable to Gogo´s 2Ku global satellite solution.

The ATG-NG network will have peak capacity of more than 100 Gbps. When combined with our global satellite network, Gogo will have the highest capacity network ever built that´s dedicated to serving aviation.

ATG-NG utilizes unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4GHz spectrum band as well as the licensed spectrum from Gogo´s original ATG network to provide greater bandwidth and reliability. It also leverages Gogo´s existing ATG network backhaul and infrastructure of more than 250 cell towers. On the aircraft, Gogo has developed a proprietary new antenna and modem that will produce peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps per aircraft.

The solution will be ideal for business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets and select mainline aircraft operating in the U.S. For business aviation aircraft, this service will be available as an upgrade to aircraft already equipped with Gogo´s Avance L5 connectivity solution. For commercial aviation, any aircraft outfitted with equipment designed to leverage Gogo´s first generation ATG network will simply need to be outfitted with a new modem and blade antenna to take advantage of the new service. The network will be available in 2018.