FCC awards license to Gogo, Delta planes to launch Wi-Fi?

Summary:Gogo has been granted a license by the FCC to operate Ku-band terminals on both domestic and international flights.

Gogo has been granted a license by the FCC to operate Ku-band terminals on both domestic and international flights, potentially bringing in-flight satellite Wi-Fi a step closer.

According to the APEX editor's blog, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the license recently to the Chicago-based firm, which hopes to launch the Ku-band connectivity series on Delta Boeing 767 aircraft.

The general license allows Gogo to operate up to 1,000 connectivity stations on aircraft, as long as the transmitters and receivers are identical.

SES satellites will cover the U.S., North Atlantic and Europe. A deal reached between Gogo and Intelsat gives the Internet provider access to the Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21 and Intelsat 22 satellites, which will allow high-speed connectivity for airlines crossing parts of the Atlantic, northern Pacific, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

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Image credit: Delta

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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