Airline WiFi provider Gogo expects to launch a 5G network
for aviation in 2021.
The air-to-ground network will be designed for use by small
mainline aircraft, regional aircraft and business jets within the continental
U.S. and Canada.
"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,” Gogo CEO Oakleigh
Thorne said in a prepared statement.
Gogo said that compared to satellite technologies,
ground-based networks delivery lower operational costs.
Gogo will build the 5G network on its existing
infrastructure of more than 250 towers. The company said it will continue to
employ its 3G and 4G networks throughout the continental U.S. and Canada, which
will provide backup to the 5G network.
Gogo said it is committed to providing easy upgrade paths to
5G for existing Gogo air-to-ground customers.
Alaska, United, Delta and American use Gogo’s air-to-ground
WiFi network, according to the Gogo website. The company also provides
sateliite-based WiFi to those airlines and more than a dozen others worldwide.