When it comes to delivering inflight connectivity capacity demand in the the Americas and North Atlantic remains massive. Gogo aims to cover that challenge through significant capacity contracts with multiple service providers. The latest deal brings multiple gigahertz of throughput on the Amazonas Nexus satellite slated for launch by Hispasat in the second half of 2022.
Amazonas Nexus will significantly enhance our Ku network over the Americas and the Atlantic region, providing Gogo with scaled capacity at the right economics. Through our partnership with Hispasat, Gogo 2Ku will continue to meet the growing demand for high-speed inflight connectivity.– Oakleigh Thorne, President and CEO of Gogo
The two companies coordinated on the design work for the Amazonas Nexus satellite, particularly around the dedicated aviation payload on board. The system is also part of the next generation of Ku-band High Throughput Satellites featuring an advanced Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) on board. The DTP allows Nexus to be reconfigured after it reaches orbit, substantially increasing flexibility when dealing with changes in demand.
Miguel Ángel Panduro, CEO of Hispasat is optimistic on the Gogo partnership and his company’s future in the inflight connectivity space, “This partnership demonstrates the important role Hispasat will play in providing capacity for aerial services. The inflight connectivity market is a growing segment for satellite capacity, and this is one of the foundational elements for Hispasat’s future growth.”
The new contract demonstrates Gogo’s ever growing commitment to supporting its 2Ku customers through an increase in capacity and diversity of service providers in the Ku-band range. In October 2019 Gogo signed a deal for significant capacity on the Eutelsat 10B satellite, also intended to launch in 2022.
These are the sort of arrangements necessary to deliver a strong and consistent product as more and more passengers connect, a move expected as Delta Air Lines pushes towards eventually offering the service free to passengers on board its flights. Though waiting until 2022 (and really 2023 by the time this capacity is online and in service) would be an unfortunately long lead-time for that transition.