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Israel’s Gilat Inflight Modem Wows Investors at GoGo Event

Photograph courtesy of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on May 16, 2017, 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 9, 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 very small aperture terminal (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.”

With more than two decades of experience, Gogo is the leader in in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment services for commercial and business fleets around the world. Gogo connects aircraft, providing its airlines partners with the world’s most powerful network and platform to help optimize their operations. Gogo’s superior technologies, best-in-class service, and global reach help planes fly smarter, airlines partners perform better, and their passengers travel happier.

Today, Gogo has partnerships with 16 commercial airlines and has installed in-flight connectivity technology on more than 2,900 commercial aircraft. More than 7,000 business aircraft are also flying with its solutions, including the world’s largest fractional ownership fleets. Gogo also is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer. Gogo has more than 1,000 employees and is headquartered in Chicago, IL, with additional facilities in Broomfield, CO, and various locations overseas.

Original published at: https://spacewatchme.com/2017/05/israels-gilat-inflight-modem-wows-investors-gogo-event/

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