|By Business Wire
|December 19, 2012 03:23 AM EST
Gogo, a leader in in-flight connectivity, and global satellite operator
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) today announced the signature of milestone
capacity and ground support agreements to deliver Gogo broadband
services aboard commercial airliners. Coverage includes commercial
aircraft flying over the North Atlantic Ocean Region, Europe and the
http://www.gogoair.com (Photo: Business Wire)
As part of the long-term deal covering more than six transponders of
Ku-band capacity, three SES satellites will enable Gogo to expand its
broadband offering in the sky to aircraft flying busy transatlantic
routes. The SES-1 spacecraft will cover the continental U.S., while
NSS-703 and its three powerful spot beams will reach across the North
Atlantic and SES-4 will serve Europe. Gogo services aboard the NSS-703
satellite will be transitioned seamlessly by mid 2014 to the new SES-6
satellite, slated for launch next year.
Gogo has also contracted for teleport services delivered through three
SES facilities in the U.S. and Europe. Two-way internet access will be
delivered to Gogo customers via SES ground facilities in Woodbine,
Maryland; Manassas, Virginia and Betzdorf, Luxembourg.
“Gogo is entering the all-important international air travel market and
expanding our North American offering with SES,” said Gogo President and
CEO Michael Small. “A trio of SES satellites will enable Gogo to provide
reliable and seamless satellite coverage for our current airline
partners on their international fleets,” he added. “We’ve tapped the
best technology and expertise in the satellite business to ensure we can
deliver high-quality services throughout the most important airline
routes in the world.”
“Gogo and SES are proof positive that the sky is no longer the limit, as
we strike an important mobility deal that ensures seamless internet
access for air passengers travelling some of the busiest routes in the
world,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer for SES. “Gogo
has trusted SES to provide both the capacity and network support to
enable its expansion over America and the exciting entry into the
crucial North Atlantic Region and Europe. We look forward to playing a
key role in this important communications advancement in global airline
Gogo is set to initiate its international internet services on Delta Air
Lines in the first quarter of 2013.
About the satellites
SES-1 provides full 50-state North American coverage in C- and Ku-band
to deliver a host of communications services. SES-1 also carries video
channels that are part of a prime cable neighbourhood. SES-4 provides
enhanced coverage over the Americas, Africa and Europe. It is ideal for
video distribution, government, VSAT and maritime services. SES-6 is
scheduled for launch in 2013 to provide significant capacity expansion.
The satellite’s Ku-band payload will support DTH platforms, VSAT
services and government digital inclusion programmes throughout Latin
America. The C-band payload will add incremental capacity to support
channel growth. NSS-703 opens up a whole new orbital slot at 47 degrees
West to provide C- and Ku-band inclined capacity over the Atlantic Ocean
Region. NSS-703 provides cost-effective capacity supporting GSM
backhaul, trunking and VSAT and maritime networks.
Gogo is fast becoming everyone’s favorite part of flying. By allowing
travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life.
Using the Gogo exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops
and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 1,600
commercial aircraft including all domestic mainline Delta Air Lines and
nearly all of Delta’s regional jets; all AirTran Airways and Virgin
America flights; and select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American
Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.
Back on the ground, Gogo’s 500+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO
and London are working to continually redefine flying as a productive,
socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect
with us at www.gogoair.com,
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo
and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.
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SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 52
geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications
services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile
and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service
and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse
regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with
customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and
QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite
infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under: www.ses.com.
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