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Gogo begins deploying 5G network nationwide

Amidst a battle between the airlines, FAA, and the CEOs of ATandamp;T and Verizon, one aviation company has much to look forward to in 2022 as 5G begins its rollout.Gogo Business Aviation has completed the construction of its seven-tower 5G testbed, both on schedule and on budget. Over the next six months, Gogo will continue completing additional 5G towers with the launch of its 5G network expected in the second half of the year.The FAA has raised public concerns over the rollout of 5G by telecommunications companies like ATandamp;T and Verizon, suggesting that aviation safety could be impacted by interference to radar altimeter performance from 5G network operations in the C-band.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates commercial use of airwaves and has been overseeing the 5G technology for the last few years, has publicly countered the FAA's concerns. According to the FCC, there hasn't been enough evidence provided to support these claims that 5G will interfere with aircraft systems.With the rollout pushed from December 5, 2021, to January 5, 2022, aviation agencies are still unhappy with the deployment date. ATandamp;T and Verizon recently rejected a formal request by the FAA and U.S. Department of Transportation to delay the rollout of 5G wireless technology on January 5.RELATED: ATandamp;T, Verizon will continue 5G rollout despite USDOT request for delayGogo 5G is expected to deliver an average of 25 Mbps with peak speeds in the 75-80 Mbps range, designed with data-heavy activities, like video conferencing, in mind."I'm proud of our team for completing this major milestone," said Dave Glenn, senior vice president of customer operations. "We'll now begin testing and fine-tuning our network performance, including tower-to-tower handoffs, range, and coverage."In November, Duncan Aviation began working towards completing the first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the onboard 5G system. Duncan will modify all of its full-equipment Gogo AVANCE L5 STCs to include Gogo 5G, covering more than 30 aircraft models.Jet Edge, a charter and aircraft management company, was announced as Gogo's 5G launch customer in October.
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