Gogo, SKY Perfect JSAT partner for increased satellite connectivity over Japan

Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation have partnered for increased satellite connectivity over Japan as Gogo leverages the JCSAT-5A satellite high throughput beam to increase capacity resulting in better performance for its service to Japan Airlines, the companies said.

To kick off the new agreement, Gogo plans to offer passengers on all JAL domestic flights 15 minutes of free wi-fi on each flight.

Gogo´s chief technology officer Anand Chari said, “Gogo has built its networks to be open, which means we can leverage numerous satellites in the Ku-band around the world. SKY Perfect JSAT is the largest satellite operator in Asia and by leveraging their high capacity JCSAT–5A satellite, we are able to deliver more bandwidth at lower costs to customers like JAL and their passengers.”

Gogo and SKY Perfect JSAT has also partnered to provide satellite communications services over the Pacific region with the new JCSAT-14 satellite which was successfully launched on 6th May.

Gogo provides broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, connecting aircraft, providing its aviation partners with a network and platform to help optimize their operations. Gogo has partnerships with 17 commercial airlines and is installed on more than 2,500 commercial aircraft. More than 6,800 business aircraft are also flying with its solutions, including the world´s largest fractional ownership fleets.

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is in the converging fields of broadcasting and communications. It is a large satellite operator in Asia with a fleet of 16 satellites, and Japan´s only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services.