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Gogo loses key patent

In-Flight broadband specialist Gogo has lost a battle with the US Patent Office over a key patent claim. The patent in question (9312947) is held by SmartSky Networks and the dispute saw Gogo Business Aviation challenge the validity of the SmartSky patent and which covers terrestrial-based high-speed data communications on a mesh network. Gogo alleged […]

September 21, 2020By Chris Forrester

Bank: “SES not ready to play”

A major report on satellite operator SES from analysts at investment bank Berenberg is blunt and expresses doubt in the growth of its ‘Mobility’ division which the bank expects to suffer “materially” slower growth in its coming Q4 numbers and not aided by the pandemic hitting some of SES’s major clients (IFE operators Gogo and […]

September 15, 2020

Gogo gets a new investor

Gogo, which is in the process of selling off its Commercial Aviation division to Intelsat, has secured a new – and significant – investor. Chicago-based GTCR, a private equity firm, is acquiring a 14.8 per cent stake in the company. “We welcome GTCR’s interest in Gogo and look forward to an ongoing and constructive dialogue […]

September 14, 2020By Chris Forrester

Intelsat to buy Gogo CA

As rumoured, Intelsat is to buy the Commercial Aviation division of In-Flight broadband business Gogo. Intelsat will pay $400 million in cash for the asset. Gogo’s installed base has more than 3,000 commercial aircraft in use to redefine the connectivity experience. Gogo claims the world’s top spot in terms of in-flight connectivity. Major clients include […]

September 1, 2020By Chris Forrester

Intelsat confirms it wants to buy

Intelsat, despite its Chapter 11 bankruptcy position, is looking to acquire a business. There are already market rumours that in-flight connectivity company Gogo is the target company. Intelsat, in its court documents, say: “The Debtors believe that, in order to remain competitive and to maximize their value as a go-forward enterprise, they must be able […]

August 28, 2020

Intelsat to buy Gogo?

Unconfirmed reports say that satellite giant Intelsat – despite being in Chapter 11 bankruptcy – is looking to buy the commercial aviation portion of in-flight connectivity specialist Gogo. Gogo announced a few weeks ago that it was looking to sell its commercial aviation division. Gogo said it would retain its private aviation business. Gogo’s share […]

August 27, 2020By Chris Forrester

Gogo to sell Commercial Aviation business

In-Flight entertainment and connectivity company Gogo is being hurt by the dramatic reduction in passengers on aircraft which is the backbone of its business. It is laying off 143 full-time positions in its Commercial Aviation division, and cutting salaries for all senior staff including the CEO. Gogo confirmed it is looking to sell its Commercial […]

August 11, 2020By Chris Forrester

Gogo trims staff

A few days ago in-flight entertainment (IFE) supplier Global Eagle Entertainment entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now, rival IFE operator Gogo is laying off staff as the Covid-19 virus continues to impact air travel and a slump in demand. Gogo says it will eliminate 143 full-time staff “predominantly from the Company’s Commercial Aviation business”. “As […]

August 3, 2020By Chris Forrester

Gogo improves In-Flight access for passengers

Until now most airlines restricted the use of broadband access for passengers on flights to heights greater than 10,000 ft. Gogo says it is dramatically improving access. Gogo says that beginning July 20th it will lower this access height to just 3000 ft (1,000 mtrs) which means an extra 15-20 minutes of access on many […]

July 9, 2020By Chris Forrester

Gogo gets flying again

Gogo’s Business Aviation division saw a dramatic post-Covid recovery last week. The company, which specialises in in-flight connectivity and supplies satellite-based broadband to passengers and crew, saw an impressive return to almost normality. Gogo’s business aviation division focuses on private, non-commercial flying. For example, at the height of the pandemic it was serving less than […]

June 30, 2020By Chris Forrester