Gogo and APT Mobile Satcom Limited (APSATCOM), a leading satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region, announced today an agreement to provide inflight connectivity (IFC) service for Chinese airlines with Gogo’s industry-leading satellite connectivity solution 2Ku.
Gogo will leverage APSATCOM’s Ku-band network to enable the fastest inflight Wi-Fi solution within China for domestic and international airlines. APSATCOM’s network includes both wide-beam satellites and High-Throughput Satellites (HTS), with the APSTAR 6D satellite bringing significant HTS capacity and 100% coverage over China for inflight connectivity in mid-2020. The partnership will enable state-of-the-art network management services via APSATCOM’s Network Operating Center (NOC) and data center in China, in tandem with Gogo’s global Ku satellite network outside of China.
With this partnership and regulatory clearance to operate in China, Gogo and APSATCOM will offer an end-to-end IFEC solution inclusive of inflight systems, inflight experiences and operational support – available to Chinese airlines across both retrofit and line-fit programs.
APSATCOM was incorporated in Shenzhen, China in July 2016, committed to building an Integrative Space-Ground Self-Controllable Global Broadband Satellite Communications System through launching three or four satellites.
The first satellite, APSTAR-6D, will be launched and in-service in 2019. APSTAR-6D is the new generation of high-throughput (HTS) telecommunication satellite covering substantially all land and ocean of the Asia-Pacific region and provide whole-terrestrial and all-weather high-quality, efficient, cost-effective satellite broadband internet access telecommunication services in aviation, maritime, and land mass respectively.
APSATCOM is staffed with a communication expert team which is top-notch and first-class at domestic and international standard; a well-experienced engineering and technology team; and a professional management team. APSATCOM is ready to provide reliable satellite communication service.
Gogo is the Inflight Internet Company. We are the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation. We design and source innovative network solutions that connect aircraft to the Internet, and develop software and platforms that enable customizable solutions for and by our aviation partners. Once connected, we provide industry leading reliability around the world. Our mission is to help aviation go farther by making planes fly smarter, so our aviation partners perform better and their passengers travel happier.
You can find Gogo’s products and services on thousands of aircraft operated by the leading global commercial airlines and thousands of private aircraft, including those of the largest fractional ownership operators. Gogo is headquartered in Chicago, IL with additional facilities in Broomfield, CO and locations across the globe.
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