Intelsat and Gogo agree satellite Wi-Fi deal for African routes

Intelsat 22. (Image source: Intelsat)Intelsat 22. (Image source: Intelsat)Intelsat SA is to provide broadband satellite capacity for in-flight solutions specialist, Gogo

The deal will give customers’ in-flight Internet access for routes over Africa as well as over the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans and Australia, starting in early 2013.

Gogo signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to use Ku-band satellite capacity on the Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21, Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 27 satellites that are designed to provide high-speed connectivity.

"We believe Intelsat brings to the table a long term commitment to providing Aero solutions for the aviation market, including the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG, which we expect will allow us to provide the reliable and seamless satellite coverage our current and prospective airline partners must have to meet passenger demand for high-speed Internet access on transoceanic and other international flights," said Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO.

"This agreement is expected to enable Gogo to provide a broad range of aircraft with a variety of technology solutions. Whether it's our exclusive air to ground and ATG-4 technologies, or advanced satellite technologies, we expect to offer a full range of connectivity solutions for any aircraft type or mission."

Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat's regional vice president of North America sales, said, "Gogo requires robust and scalable broadband connectivity over a large geographic expanse.

“Intelsat is perfectly positioned to fulfil this requirement with a global satellite solution."

Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 19 are currently in service. Intelsat 21 was launched recently and Intelsat 27 is planned for launch in early 2013.

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