Aviation WiFi provider Gogo in deal to increase bandwidth of its satellite-based service By Robert Silk / February 24, 2016 Share 1 -- Airline WiFi provider Gogo will roll out an enhanced satellite-based service beginning in 2017, it said this week.The deal, signed Friday with the satellite operator SES, will enable Gogo to employ what is called a High Throughput Satellite, which delivers WiFi signals via spot beams targeted at portions of the world that get the most airline traffic."Gogo is all about bringing the best customer experience to our aviation partners; this deal will dramatically increase bandwidth and drive overall costs per bit down by orders of magnitude," Anand Chari, Gogo's chief technology officer, said in a statement.Once the service is up it will be immediately available on the approximately 200 airplanes that Gogo currently has equipped with its Ku-band satellite service. In addition, Gogo said it has taken orders on its enhanced two-antennae, 2Ku service for approximately 800 planes, including 250 from Delta, and they too will receive the High Throughput beam without conversion.Gogo, which controls more than 70% of the domestic market share of airline WiFi, operates the majority of its system on air-to-ground antennae that are only functional once a plane reaches 10,000 feet. Planes equipped with air-to-ground WiFi won't be able to make use of the High Throughput system without a conversion.Gogo's announcement came just one day after American Airlines dropped a lawsuit against Gogo related to 200 of the planes the WiFi provider outfits for the carrier. American dropped the action after Gogo decided not to dispute an American assertion that ViaSat, which furnishes satellite-based WiFi to JetBlue, Virgin America and a portion of the United fleet, offers a better service than Gogo is providing to the American planes. Per the 2012 contract between the companies, Gogo now has 45 days to present an offer for better service to American; the airline can then either accept that proposal or switch to a different service.Gogo spokesman Steve Nolan said the deal with SES has been long in the works and is unrelated to the dispute with American.Gogo rolled out its 2Ku service late last year on Aeromexico. The WiFi provider says 2Ku offers a bandwidth of 70 megabits per second (Mbps) and that with High Throughout that figure would increase to more than 100 Mbps per second. Planes equipped with the single-antenna Ku service will get bandwidth of 50 Mbps with the High Throughput service, Nolan said.The airline amenities website Routehappy says that current generation Ku-based systems generally perform at between 3 and 8 Mbps.WiFi provider Panasonic Avionics, which counts United, American, Emirates and Lufthansa among its airline customers, plans to roll out its own High Throughput service in April. Global Eagle, which provides WiFi to Southwest, plans to do the same early next year.