Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that its in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution demonstrated unprecedented end-user throughput of over 100Mbps in Gogo’s live airborne media and investor event. Gilat’s airborne modem powers Gogo’s 2Ku service and will be installed in over 1600 aircraft across more than 13 airlines, commencing this year.
On May 9th 2017, Gogo hosted a major, high visibility industry event on their Boeing 737 test plane, the “Jimmy Ray.” Analysts and media applauded Gogo’s 2Ku system and Gilat’s modem, which demonstrated over 100Mbps performance. This is acknowledged to be the highest performance ever achieved onboard a commercial aircraft, as well as demonstrating continuous service with excellent user experience.
The test flight not only confirmed its noteworthy throughput and user experience, but also successfully demonstrated interoperability capabilities of Gilat’s aero modem with the aircraft’s Communication (IFEC) avionic system.
As previously announced, Gogo selected Gilat to provide the onboard VSAT modem and satellite baseband infrastructure for its next generation IFC solution. The recent flights were done upon completion of Supplement Type Certifications (STC) for this system for Boeing and Airbus aircrafts.
“We are very pleased with the results demonstrated during the media and investor event, which exceeded our initial expectations, and are the fruit of our strategic partnership with Gilat,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer.
“We are proud to have reached this major milestone, demonstrating our commitment to Gogo and our strategic direction of continued IFC innovation and enhancements,” said Michael (Miki) Barak, VP Commercial Aviation & Mobility, at Gilat. “Our SkyEdge II-c system features a comprehensive set of mobility technologies designed to meet the challenges of IFC, maritime and land mobility applications. These capabilities enable Gilat’s modems to achieve new levels of throughput, significant bandwidth efficiency and high service availability, as demonstrated in Gogo’s implementation.”