In-flight connectivity provider Gogo has launched ATG-4, its next-generation technology for wireless in-flight digital entertainment access, the company announced today. The service was debuted on Delta Air Lines, US Airways and Virgin America. The service is expected to allow more passengers to access the Internet with a more consistent browsing experience.
Gogo offers in-flight broadband Internet service and streaming video to commercial and private airplane passengers.
The company has installed the new ATG-4 technology on more than 25 domestic aircraft. Virgin America was the first airline to get on board, and plans to roll out the service on more aircraft in the months ahead. Gogo expects to launch ATG-4 service on American Airlines and United's p.s. fleet in 2013.
"We know we have a devoted core of customers who depend on our service and who choose flights based on its availability," said Michael Small, Gogo president and CEO. "ATG-4 planes will have improved that service today."
Gogo is "committed to bringing better communications technology to passengers at 30,000 feet," he added.
Gogo's ATG-4 technology is capable of delivering a peak speed of 9.8 Mbps, triple the peak speed of 3.1 Mbps enabled by the previous air-to-ground network, according to a news release. The new technology includes directional antennas and dual modems on each aircraft and the deployment of EV-DO Rev. B technology on Gogo's airborne and ground networks.
"This significant step in Gogo's technology roadmap allows us to better address the demand for in-air connectivity services," Small said.
Gogo expects a quick roll-out for the ATG-4 technology, with hundreds of aircraft installations planned before the end of 2013.
The necessary two antennas, installation of a second modem and a software upgrade typically can be accomplished overnight. Gogo's more than 150 land-based cellular towers have already been modified for the new technology.
Using Gogo's connectivity, passengers with Wi-Fi devices can get online on more than 1,600 commercial aircraft, including all domestic mainline Delta Air Lines and nearly all of Delta's regional jets; all AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights; and select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights, according to the release.
SOURCE: PR Newswire
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