Gogo Business Aviation of Broomfield, Colorado, said it has constructed seven 5G wireless communications towers that will serve as a testbed for its 150-tower nationwide network. Mike Rupert, the company’s vice president of network operations, said that the testbed includes sites in both remote and populated locations to validate the network is operating as designed in all types of environments.
At the end of December, the Gogo network team completed a 5G tower installation, adding six 5G antennas to this site in the Midwestern United States.
The company said it would complete additional sites during the first half of 2022, keeping it on track to launch 5G wireless communications service in the second half of 2022. Gogo said its 5G technology is expected to deliver 25 Mbps throughput on average with peak speeds in the 75 to 80 Mbps range. The service, Gogo said, has been designed to deliver high throughput with low latency to address the increasing demand for data-heavy interactive services such as video conferencing.
“We’ll now begin testing and fine-tuning our network performance, including tower-to-tower handoffs, range, and coverage,” said Dave Glenn, senior vice president of customer operations.
In November, Gogo said that Duncan Aviation was working to complete the first-article Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the onboard 5G system. Duncan will use the experience and data from certifying the first article to modify all of its full-equipment Gogo Avamce L5 STCs to include Gogo 5G, covering more than 30 aircraft models, the company said.
In addition, Gogo said, Jet Edge became a launch customer in October.
“We’re seeing strong demand from our OEM and dealer partners for Gogo 5G,” Glenn said.
Gogo said it provides broadband connectivity services to the business aviation market, offering a customizable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions. The company’s products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from turboprops to the largest global jets and are used by the largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individuals, the company said.
As of Sept. 30, 2021, Gogo reported 2,237 business aircraft flying with Gogo’s Avance L5 or L3 system installed, 6,154 aircraft flying with its ATG systems onboard, and 4,542 aircraft with narrowband satellite connectivity installed.