Thanks to Gogo for sharing this picture of its satellite- and ground-based Internet equipment on its Facebook page, we get a peek of the gear that provides Wi-Fi service in mid-air.
I've written a lot about Gogo, including the free 15 minutes they offered on Delta, their discounted rates on redeyes, and even just-plain-free service sponsored by Google for the holidays two years ago. That's because, frankly, I consider getting online while traveling to be one of the biggest travel tech topics there is. Getting online in midair is still a novelty for many travelers, so it's still a big deal.
So, I'm pleased to hear from Chris McGinnis at The Bat that Gogo is upgrading its inflight capacity, going from a peak speed of 3.1 Mbps to 9.8 Mbps. That's now about the same speed as the average U.S. household's broadband connection, but that's not bad under the circumstances.
Gogo will now support about 65 passengers logged on at once per aircraft, about twice the previous limit. They'll still block or limit connections to video streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, so as to make the service fair for all its simultaneous users.
The article at The Bat is worth a read, especially since Chris has some great photos showing what to look for when you're boarding the plane.