If you have ever used WiFi on airplanes, you know it can annoyingly slow! On international flights, it is even worse. The airlines that offer it have packages whereby they charge by the amount of data used. For those situations, you can be happy it is slow – it will take even longer to use up your allotment!
However, GoGo is looking to change that for their international flights. It is expected to be rolled out to their customers by mid-2015 and is being tested with Japan Airlines now. This new service utilizes a new technology called 2Ku. This service will use low-profile antennas for satellite access instead of the ground access they use for US flights. Their new service promises to deliver peak speeds of 70Mbps. That is huge! A welcome increase, to be sure.
They are not stopping there, however. They say when new technology comes online, they will be able to reach speeds of over 100Mbps. This should work perfectly so I can watch my Yankees play live while crossing the ocean! 🙂