/// Gogo’s New Antennas Should Improve In-Flight Wi-Fi, but Don’t Expect Netflix

November 12, 2012  |  All Things Digital


Gogo, the company that powers inflight Internet service for a variety of airlines, is counting on new antennas to help speed things up and allow more passengers to surf at the same time. The new set-up should triple peak speeds, and doubles overall network capacity. That should allow more people on a flight to reliably use the service for the same kids of things — email, Web browsing, and even short video clips. However, Gogo won’t be giving the green light to bandwidth intensive uses such as video chat or Hulu streaming. “It is really not economically feasible on any wireless link,” Gogo chief technology officer Anand Chari said in an interview. That’s true of cellular carriers, which have largely done away with unlimited plans, and all the more so for Gogo. “It’s just a lot more expensive to deliver a byte to an airplane.” To show off the service improvements, Gogo is taking reporters on a series of test flights from Chicago on Monday. AllThingsD took a pass (our flight schedule is busy enough), but Chari did take time last week to talk through the changes. Gogo first started moving to the new antennas in September, and plans to have them on 600 flights by the end of next year.

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Gogo’s New Antennas Should Improve In-Flight Wi-Fi, but Don’t Expect Netflix


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