Airspan’s antennas and Open RAN software program anchor Gogo’s 5G air-to-ground community
“Gogo 5G will be better than we originally thought,” says Gogo SVP of Engineering
In-flight internet service provider Gogo is in the testing phase of deploying a 5G air-to-ground network in the United States using Airspan’s massive 5G multiple-input, multiple-output and Open RAN software.
Gogo expects the nationwide 5G air-to-ground (ATG) network to be available to aircraft in the adjacent United States in the second half of 2022.
The two companies say they worked closely to develop the software and network elements, with Airspan specifically developing ATG beam profiles for its massive MIMO antennas that support connection ranges of more than 186 miles and the Doppler effect at speeds of more than 750. take into account miles per hour.
“We are working closely with Gogo to help them bring 5G technology to aviation. With aircraft flying at over 500 MPH and 35,000 to 40,000 feet, there are numerous challenges to providing reliable connectivity. We believe Airspan’s engineers are the best in the industry, which is why Gogo selected Airspan as one of their key 5G partners, ”said Eric Stonestrom, President and CEO of Airspan.
“The tests we ran and successfully passed confirm what we modeled when we originally announced we were going to build a 5G network,” said Mike Syverson, SVP of Engineering at Gogo. “There’s a lot of software development going on to put these pieces together and everything works very well as we continue to work closely with Airspan and our other technology partners to test and expand our nationwide ATG network.”
Gogo recently said it installed its first two 5G antennas on a tower to test system performance on prototypes. It already has prototypes of 5G flight cards, the company said, and it has successfully conducted a test flight that could connect 5G antennas mounted on the belly of an aircraft to 5G antennas on the ground tower. Additionally, it made an end-to-end call using a 5G SIM card, and Gogo said it also completed coast-to-coast flight tests of the belly-mounted 5G antennas itself to validate their performance.
“We checked that our systems could communicate with each other,” said Syverson. “The antennas can communicate with the cellular site, which in turn can communicate with the data center. … From testing so far, we now know that Gogo 5G will be better than we originally thought, ”he added.