Gogo has announced Industry Canada has issued a subordinate license for air-to-ground radio frequency spectrum, allowing the in-flight connectivity provider to serve passengers on commercial aircraft flying over the country with wi-fi services.
The Canadian network will operate on the same frequency as Gogo’s existing ATG network in the continental United States, which will allow Gogo to provide seamless service within Canada and on cross-border flights between the United States and Canada.
Gogo expects to begin cell site construction in the fourth quarter of this year and expects the network to be in operation by the end of 2013.
The network will focus initially on Canadian routes served by Gogo’s existing United States and Canadian commercial airline customers.
It will also service business aircraft currently using Aircell’s Gogo Biz high speed internet service.
Aircell, a Gogo company, provides a suite of in-flight connectivity solutions for the global business aviation community.
“This license will allow us to offer seamless connectivity service for both our commercial airline partners and business aviation customers operating between the US and Canada,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president.
“Whether it’s on a commercial or business aircraft, passengers travelling in Canada can soon experience the same technology that has a proven track record of performance and reliability in the U.S.”