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Gogo going global with Hughes

May 23, 2022

By Chris Forrester

Gogo, the in-flight connection service, is going global. Gogo, which supplies business users says it will work with Hughes Network Systems to offer what it claims is the world’s first true broadband service to aircraft.

Hughes itself is an investor and partner with low Earth orbiting satellite service OneWeb, and will use OneWeb for its bandwidth to aircraft. Hughes will also use an aircraft antenna assembly exclusive to Gogo and mounted on the aircraft’s fuselage.

Gogo and its partners made the announcement at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

“What we announced at EBACE is a fast and affordable broadband system that will provide best-in-class performance on the broadest range of aircraft in business aviation,” said Sergio Aguirre, Gogo Business Aviation’s president/COO. “We want to give everyone in business aviation the ability to have an exceptional broadband experience regardless of where they fly, or what size aircraft they fly.”

“We’ve designed the system to reduce costs by simplifying the installation,” Aguirre added. “We have long delivered affordable, high-quality connectivity, and award-winning customer service to aircraft owners in North America, and now we will bring those same benefits to all aircraft owners in the rest of the world.”

Currently, OneWeb has some two-thirds (428) of its 648 satellites deployed. More will be added this coming winter when the Gogo service will go ‘live’.

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