In announcing last month a high throughput satellite service for business aviation, Gogo Business Aviation is expanding its broadband connectivity to become a true global provider.

The new service will make use of Gogo’s existing Ku-band satellite network, the same high-capacity network that is currently providing bandwidth for more than 550 commercial aviation aircraft across 10 airlines globally. Service is expected to become available in the second half of 2018.

The 2Ku is a dual antenna system developed by Gogo to bring global streaming-capable Internet to large aircraft. It benefits from global coverage and the redundancy of more than 180 satellites in the Ku-band array.

“Gogo’s Ku satellite service will deliver a superior experience to anything else in the market for anyone flying globally on business jets,” said Sergio Aguirre, senior vice president and general manager for Gogo Business Aviation.

He pointed out that while other satellite networks are built for multiple markets, including maritime, the Gogo network is designed for and fully dedicated to aviation. Further, for customers flying international in and out of the U.S., “Gogo Ku will be the perfect complement to the Gogo Biz 4G air-to-ground network, [offering] one comprehensive solution from one provider.”

According to the Broomfield, Colorado-based company, Ku will “deliver reliable and redundant coverage around the world with streaming class Internet and service from takeoff to landing. The means fast Web browsing and other activities, such as live streaming video and audio, on-demand movies, large file downloads, and personal smartphone use. And for the cockpit, it means real-time data apps, as well as remote diagnostics and support while in flight.

Charter and aircraft management provider K5-Aviation in Gammelsdorf, Germany, is Gogo’s 2Ku business aviation launch customer in Europe.

The aircraft is an ACJ319, and the installation, design and system integration, as well as EASA STC approval, was performed by Fokker Services at its facilities in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.

Saying “a new era in business aviation has begun,” Gogo recently announced receipt of an STC and Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the FAA for its new dual-directional antennas that will be used with the Gogo Avance L5 system (formerly the Gogo Biz 4G ground-to-air, line replaceable unit).

“Using the proprietary Gogo Biz 4G network, Gogo Avance  L5 will deliver an in-flight Wi-Fi experience unrivaled by anything else in business aviation,” declared Aguirre.

Created specifically for the business aviation market, the Gogo Biz 4G network is built on the company’s existing ground network of 250 towers and fiber backhaul. The AvanceL5 equipment package will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and other features – all from a single box.

The Next Gen network will use a proprietary modem, a new beam-forming antenna and unlicensed spectrum to produce speeds up to 100 Mbps with LTE technology and will leverage Gogo’s existing North American network and infrastructure.

Gogo’s dealers and OEM partners are actively pursuing multiple STCs that will certify the Avance L5 system for installation on more than 40 business aircraft models. The system is providing an upgrade path to Gogo’s Next Gen network, scheduled for launch in 2018.