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Gogo unveils 5G plans for NA flights

Gogo has unveiled plans to launch a 5G on North American flights.

The in-flight internet provider has announced it is developing a service to power faster WiFi for smaller commercial airlines in the US and Canada.

As reported by The Verge, the company plans to put the network onto the 250 towers currently leased for its air-to-ground (ATG) service, with most Gogo-equipped aircraft still getting their connections from these stations.

It's said the 5G connection will be delivered using a combination of unlicensed 2.4GHz spectrum, advanced beamforming technology and a "proprietary modem" made by Gogo.

Meanwhile, the company will support "all spectrum types (licensed, shared, unlicensed) and bands (mid, high, low)"

There is no timeline on the development, but Gogo's director of communications Dave Mellin has confirmed the company will initially deploy the technology for testing on "a few towers".

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