Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) developed an in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution that has now demonstrated unprecedented end-user throughput of more than 100 Mbps in Gogo’s live airborne media and investor event — Gilat’s airborne modem powers Gogo’s 2Ku service and will be installed in over 1,600 aircraft across more than 13 airlines this year.
On May 9th 2017, Gogo hosted a major, high visibility industry event on their Boeing 737 test plane, the “Jimmy Ray.” Gogo’s 2Ku system and Gilat’s modem demonstrated more than 100 Mbps performance. This is acknowledged to be the highest performance ever achieved onboard a commercial aircraft, as well as demonstrating continuous service with excellent user experience, according to the company. The test flight confirmed its noteworthy throughput and user experience as well as successfully demonstrated interoperability capabilities of Gilat’s aero modem with the aircraft’s Communication (IFEC) avionic system.
As previously announced, Gogo selected Gilat to provide the onboard VSAT modem and satellite baseband infrastructure for its next generation IFC solution. The recent flights were done upon completion of Supplement Type Certifications (STC) for this system for Boeing and Airbus aircrafts.
Michael (Miki) Barak, VP Commercial Aviation & Mobility, at Gilat indicated that the SkyEdge II-c system features a comprehensive set of mobility technologies designed to meet the challenges of IFC, maritime and land mobility applications. These capabilities enable Gilat’s modems to achieve new levels of throughput, significant bandwidth efficiency and high service availability, as demonstrated in Gogo’s implementation.