May 12, 2016 – Inflight broadband connectivity and wireless entertainment specialist, Gogo, has entered into a partnership with SKY Perfect JSAT, an Asian provider of satellite services, for increased satellite connectivity over Japan.
Gogo will leverage the JCSAT-5A satellite high-throughput beam to increase capacity, which ultimately means better performance for its service to Japan Airlines (JAL). To kick off the new agreement, Gogo will be offering passengers on all JAL domestic flights 15 minutes of free wi-fi on each flight.
“Gogo has built its networks to be open, which means we can leverage numerous satellites in the Ku-band around the world,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s chief technology officer. “SKY Perfect JSAT is the largest satellite operator in Asia and by leveraging their high-capacity JCSAT–5A satellite, we are able to deliver more bandwidth at lower costs to customers like JAL and their passengers.”
Shinji Takada, president & CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT added, “This year, we are launching several satellites including JCSAT-14 and JCSAT-15, which have very unique Ku-band coverage over the Pacific region and Indian ocean region. Further, we have announced we will launch Horizons 3e, a new Ku-band HTS, in 2018. We will continue to satisfy growing demand in the mobility market with our satellites”
Gogo and SKY Perfect JSAT have also partnered to provide satellite communications services over the Pacific region with the new JCSAT-14 satellite, which was successfully launched on May 6.