With its 75th site now online, Gogo Business Aviation’s nationwide 5G network construction in the USA has now reached the halfway point to completion. Gogo says that the 5G broadband connectivity project remains on budget and is still on schedule to launch in the second half of 2022.
“Getting to the 50% mark for our 150-tower 5G nationwide network in a matter of months is an incredible accomplishment by our team,” said Mike Rupert, vice president of network operations for Gogo Business Aviation. “We have a team of network experts that has been working hard to bring the 5G network to life, building sites across the country, and that work will continue into the fall.”
Gogo expects its 5G network to deliver ~25Mbps on average, with peak speeds in the 75-80Mbps range, with high throughput and very low latency to address the increasing demand for data-heavy interactive passenger services such as video conferencing.
“We’ve been testing our network and we’re pleased with the results we’re seeing,” stated Dave Glenn, Gogo’s senior vice president of customer operations. “Gogo 5G is going to deliver on everything we’ve promised to the market.”
Gogo is working with Duncan Aviation to complete the first-article Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the onboard 5G system hardware, along with STCs that will cover more than 30 aircraft models. Gogo says that additional STCs are being developed by several other Gogo authorised dealers, and at the factory by business aviation aircraft manufacturers.
Gogo has been regularly updating the market on the progress its 5G network with a deployment map: https://business.gogoair.com/gogo-5g/.