Gogo, provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, has selected Airspan Networks to build and develop its 5G network for aviation. The new air-to-ground (ATG) network will be designed for use on business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets and smaller mainline jets operating within the contiguous United States and Canada. The network is expected to be available to deliver 5G to business and commercial aviation in 2021.
“We are excited to have finalized our agreement with Airspan to develop and build the Gogo 5G network, which will be an important milestone in the inflight connectivity industry,” said Mike Syverson, senior vice president of engineering and operations for Gogo Business Aviation. “Gogo 5G is the next step in our technology evolution and is expected to deliver an unparalleled user experience, pairing high performance with low latency and network-wide redundancy. Airspan’s proven ability to deliver high capacity low latency solutions in challenging environments is critical to our success.”
The Gogo 5G system will use the same carrier-grade technology as the Airspan Air5G product line. The Air5G platform will provide 5G standalone mode operation using state of the art, virtualized RAN base station technology and Massive MIMO antenna arrays. Utilizing advanced beamforming and tracking techniques, the system is capable of communicating to an Aircraft travelling in excess of 1200km/h, at long range, while providing mobile broadband 5G experience.