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Gogo raked in record revenue of $104 million for its fiscal third quarter of 2014, up 22 percent year-over-year, however the company has also been spending a great deal on expanding its in-flight Wi-Fi service to more airlines. As a result, Gogo ended up posting a $24.9 million loss for the quarter, or $0.29 per share, compared to a loss of $18.7 million, or $0.22 per share a year ago. Though the company couldn't manage to climb out of the red, Gogo President and CEO Michael Small was pleased with the performance as he keeps an eye towards long-term growth. In order to set the company up for that,... Read more...
In-flight wireless is a godsend if you’re stuck on a plane for three hours and have a lot of work you need to get done, and provider GoGo is upping its speeds even as it pushes forward with new technology to provide its service. GoGo is developing a worldwide 70Mbps solution, which blows past what it could offer before. "When we launched our in-flight Internet service five years ago, we were able to deliver peak speeds to the aircraft of 3.1 Mbps through our ATG network. About a year ago, we began deployment of our next generation ATG-4 service, which took peak speeds to 9.8 Mbps,”... Read more...
There's progress, and then there's going too far. While you won't find too many technology lovers who are opposed to having Wi-Fi below 10,000 feet or being able to leave one's Kindle on from gate-to-gate, there's a fine line here that may soon be crossed. Enabling connectivity in the sky is a godsend for those who fly frequently and need to get work done, but by and large, all of this happens at a low volume level. The noise of one's keyboard is largely drowned out by the rumble of the airline engines, and there's a good reason that most in-flight Wi-Fi services don't allow VoIP or video calls.... Read more...
GoGo, known for its in-flight Internet connectivity service, is expanding its reach from WiFi access to texts and phone calls. Users will ostensibly be able to send text messages and receive phone calls at 30,000 feet using their own smartphones and an app found in the App Store or Google Play store. On the one hand, this is huge news for flyers who want to stay in touch with friends, family, or colleagues on the ground; on the other hand, it’s easy to envision a dystopian future where economy class is a wasteland of one-sided conversations filled with detailed descriptions of medical conditions,... Read more...
Rumors have been flying (har!) for nearly a year that the Federal Aviation Administration would at long last enable carriers to relax the archaic rules that barred passengers from using electronic devices during take-off and landing. The spiel has always been that those devices and their mysterious frequencies could potentially screw with the navigation system on the aircraft, and in a worst-case scenario, could cause a crash. Of course, that really never proved to be true. Still, change in the airline industry happens at a comically slow pace, so it's no real surprise to see that it has taken... Read more...
The onset of digital downlaods has drastically changed the way Hollywood thinks about its future revenues, and while the tried-and-true cinema release is still making boatloads of money for the top-tier movies, the MPAA realizes that habits are changing. Consumers simply expect more content, faster, and in ways that they're comfortable consuming. Couple that with upstarts like Gogo, and you've got a match made in heaven. Gogo, the company responsible for hooking thousands of planes across the U.S. up with in-flight Wi-Fi, has just announced a new partnership that could place major motion pictures... Read more...
Flying soon? Thinking of taking advantage of in-flight Wi-Fi? If you're nodding 'yes' for both of those, and you recently picked up one of BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphones, you're in luck. In a bid to lure enterprise / business travelers, BlackBerry has cracked open a deal with Gogo in order to provide free in-flight Internet access to those browsing on the new phone. Specifically, you'll need to be on a domestic Delta flight, but beyond that, there aren't any extra hoops to jump through. The system has been coded to detect when a Z10 browser is requesting access, and if found, will allow the user... Read more...
The friendly skies are becoming the connected skies. While getting up in an airplane used to be one of the few remaining places in America where it was pretty much impossible to reach someone, the introduction of in-flight Wi-Fi has drastically changed that. Many airlines have Gogo installed near fleet-wide, with the likes of Virgin America and JetBlue having it on every single aircraft. And now, a legacy carrier is making a push to catch up in terms of availability of in-flight Internet. American Airlines' new Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 deliveries will arrive with something special: Ku-band... Read more...
When it comes to flying in the U.S., and dealing with either the FCC or the FAA, "red tape" comes to mind. It's a heavily regulated industry, and with safety at the forefront, there's at least somewhat of an excuse. But, it's still no fun to deal with, particularly if you're waiting for Wi-Fi to come to your favorite airline. But now, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Report and Order establishing rules to help speed the deployment of Internet services onboard aircraft. In other words, this action allows in-flight Wi-Fi providers to get their equipment certified faster and installed... Read more...
In-flight Wi-Fi is one of those strange technologies. On one hand, it feels like the future. Being able to get online while cruising at 500MPH+, some 35,000 feet in the air, is truly venturing into Jetsons territory. But on the other hand, paying $12+ per session, and barely being able to load your e-mail, is a really frustrating experience. As Gogo's services have become more popular, and used by more and more people on planes, the overall speed has slumped. These days, it's more of a frustration than anything else when it comes to getting actual work done on an airplane Wi-Fi connection. Clearly,... Read more...
Can there ever be enough Wi-Fi in the sky? Conventional wisdom says "no," and it's a good thing, too. Gogo, the company responsible for providing in-air Internet to the vast majority of U.S. domestic flights, is doing everything it can to provide similar services in Canada. The goal here is to provide seamless connectivity service between U.S. and Canada for both commercial and business aviation, and considering just how many flights there are between the two nations each day (not to mention those flights to Alaska that spend most of their time in Canadian space), it's probably a goal worth pursuing.... Read more...
While loads of people in rural places are still fighting for legitimate broadband, high flyers will be getting broadband while 30,000 feet above those very locales. Crazy? Not quite -- it's called in-flight Internet, and it's improving at a wildly fast clip. Gogo has just announced it has extended its contract with United Airlines and will work with United Airlines to upgrade its p.s. Premium Service fleet to Gogo's new ATG-4 connectivity solution. If you aren't familiar with that service, it's a special flight from NYC to SFO/LAX that hooks patrons up with nicer seating options throughout the... Read more...
International love? Delta's got plenty of that. While some foreign airlines have announced sporadic plans to bring in-flight Wi-Fi to planes making the leap over entire oceans, Delta is amongst the first of the legacy U.S.-based carriers to follow suit. Today, Delta's fleet is better covered with Gogo than most other legacy fleets, but that service only works in the United States. Travel overseas, and you're out of luck. Now, however, the company has announced that it will begin offering in-flight Internet service on its long-haul international fleet of more than 150 aircraft, which includes Boeing... Read more...
Internet in the skies seemed like a pipe dream just a few years ago. But now, it's a reality in many ways. Airlines are stocking up on Gogo routers, and rival companies are spreading their wings as well. But one area that hasn't seen too many of those Wi-Fi waves are international routes. But, that's changing too. Gogo and global satellite operator SES have today announced they have signed a strategic memorandum of understanding with the goal of bringing high-speed, satellite-delivered Internet access to passengers aboard commercial airliners. That's a fancy way of saying that Gogo planes could... Read more...
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