Gogo, a leader in in-flight connectivity, and global satellite operator SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced they have signed a ground satellite infrastructure agreement to enable the future delivery and expansion of Gogo broadband services over North America, the North Atlantic Ocean and Europe.
As part of the long-term, multi-million-dollar deal, SES will provide strategic teleport services and expertise that will allow Gogo to access satellite connectivity and extend the Gogo in-flight broadband network into new markets. The SES teleport in Woodbine, Maryland and the SES-1 and NSS-703 satellites will support two-way Gogo broadband traffic during commercial flights over the United States and the North Atlantic Ocean region.
SES ground facilities in Manassas, Virginia and the SES-4 satellite will provide seamless European and Latin American coverage for passengers who want to stay connected via Gogo internet access during transatlantic air travel. The SES teleport in Betzdorf, Luxembourg will support Gogo's European coverage beginning next year on the SES-6 spacecraft.
"The Gogo network is expanding with SES to meet the growing demand for seamless internet access among airline passengers who want to stay connected and informed during domestic and international flights," said Gogo president and CEO Michael Small. "We are counting on a trio of reliable SES teleports and satellites for the essential coverage and reliability we must have to deliver the high quality in-flight entertainment and broadband services that our customers expect."
"As demand for connectivity in the sky takes off around the world, this important infrastructure agreement helps to ensure that Gogo in-flight broadband services are grounded in reliable, state-of-the-art teleport systems and unsurpassed industry know-how," said John Matlaga, vice president of enterprise and mobility services for SES in North America. "Gogo is a true in-flight entertainment innovator that now has the infrastructure in place to meet the evolving demands of airline passengers on the go in every corner of the globe."