In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo announced it has entered into an agreement with Brazilian carrier GOL. Gogo will install its next generation 2Ku satellite-based service on GOL aircraft in 2016. Gogo will also provide a television product to GOL with the roll-out.
“GOL is Gogo's first airline partner in South America and the first airline to commit to Gogo's television product. It also represents the largest aircraft commitment to our 2Ku technology outside of North America," said Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO in a press statement. "We believe that 2Ku will be the best performing technology in the global aero market. This performance is expected to be even better near the equator, where a large percentage of GOL's aircraft operate."
2Ku satellite technology is expected to deliver peak speeds more than 20 times the bandwidth compared to their first generation air-to-ground solution pioneered by Delta and Gogo six years ago in the U.S.
Delta announced its own move to 2Ku satellite technology in February which will extend its Internet-connected reach in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is continuing the installation of satellite-based Wi-Fi on all of its long-haul international aircraft by mid-2016.