Gogo signs Apstar-6D for China coverage
September 10, 2019
By Chris Forrester
In Flight Entertainment and connectivity operator Gogo has signed a contract with Shenzhen-based APT’s Apstar-6D for coverage over China and the Asia-Pacific region.
Gogo is partnering with APT’s Mobile Satcom division to provide inflight connectivity (IFC) service for Chinese airlines with Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity solution.
Apstar-6D will be launched later this year.
Gogo says it will leverage APT’s Ku-band network to enable the fastest inflight Wi-Fi solution within China for domestic and international airlines. APSATCOM’s network includes both wide-beam satellites and High-Throughput Satellites (HTS), with the Apstar-6D satellite bringing significant HTS capacity and 100% coverage over China for inflight connectivity in mid-2020.
The pair say the partnership will enable state-of-the-art network management services via APSATCOM’s Network Operating Center (NOC) and data centre in China, in tandem with Gogo’s global Ku satellite network outside of China.
With this partnership and regulatory clearance to operate in China, Gogo and APSATCOM will offer an end-to-end IFEC solution inclusive of inflight systems, inflight experiences and operational support – available to Chinese airlines across both retrofit and line-fit programmes.