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Gogo to launch airplane Wi-Fi that’s 10x faster

by Todd Haselton | September 28, 2016September 28, 2016 6:30 pm EST

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Gogo will reportedly introduce a new system that will enable passengers to access much faster Wi-Fi while flying.

Reuters, which first reported on the news, said Gogo will take advantage of new radio spectrum to roll out its faster capabilities, which should provide airplanes with access to a network that provides 100Mbps internet, up from about 10mbps currently.

If you’ve used Gogo in the U.S. recently, chances are you know what a headache it can be. Sometimes, if other passengers are sleeping or not using the internet, I can easily get work done. Other times, it’s so slow that I can hardly load a website. That’s because all of the passengers on the plane share a limited amount of bandwidth. Since Gogo is increasing this bandwidth, it may allow us to do more.

I have a feeling  services like Netflix and Spotify streaming will still be blocked. Those are bandwidth hogs and, until Gogo can provide even faster access, there’s no way a full plane of people can stream data and expect to use the internet efficiently with a 100Mbps connection.

The plan is to deliver faster speeds over the next 18 months, Reuters said.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...