28 Aug Finally, your Gogo inflight WiFi is about to get a lot faster
A new technology that could make your inflight WiFi a heck of a lot faster just got regulatory approval from the Federal Aviation Administration this week — meaning that on some flights, your Internet might actually become usable again.
Gogo said Monday it’s won clearance to start rolling out 2Ku, a connection technology that it says will boost download speeds by up to 20 times over more conventional technology. The big difference? Unlike many of the air-to-ground connections that make up your inflight WiFi experience right now — in which airplanes relay customers’ Internet traffic to a limited number of skyward-facing cell towers on Earth — the new system routes Internet traffic through orbiting satellites, which can allow for top download speeds of 70 megabits per second.