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Gogo planning 70 Mbps WiFi on transatlantic flights

Steve Dent, @stevetdent
April 8, 2014
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If low-speed airline WiFi has you stuck playing Words with Friends, streaming Netflix on an international flight might seem a distant dream. Gogo is aiming to make it happen soon, though, with its new 2Ku technology that promises 70 Mbps peak internet speeds -- seven times what it can do now. It works via a system of Ku-band and satellite antennas, similar to the GTO tech that'll soon be used for North American flights. On top of the improved WiFi speeds, that'll also bring better access in remote areas and airline fuel savings thanks to lower drag. Trials begin soon on international launch partner Japan Airlines, with a full-scale launch starting in mid-2015.

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