WiFi provider Gogo will launch a 5G network for aviation in 2021, designed for use on business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets and smaller mainline jets operating within the contiguous United States and Canada.
The network will be built on the Gogo’s existing infrastructure of more than 250 towers and will use unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4GHz range, which will support all spectrum and bands and will allow Gogo to take advantage of new advances in technology as they are developed, the company said.
Just like Wi-Fi
Similar to how wireless carriers provide redundancy across their networks, Gogo will continue to employ its 3G and 4G networks throughout the continental U.S. and in Canada that will provide backup to the 5G network when needed.
"We expect to launch Gogo 5G at the same time as the terrestrial telecommunications companies are deploying the same generation of technology on the ground – a first in the inflight connectivity industry," said Oakleigh Thorne, CEO of Gogo. "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."
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