DRAGONWAVE, GOGO ENABLING CONNECTIVITY AT 30,000 FEET
GOGO using DragonWave’s Horizon Quantum and Horizon Compact+ to support service expansion on airline fleets and business jets
Ottawa, Canada, January 22, 2014 – DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DWI; NASDAQ: DRWI) a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced it has been selected as a microwave solutions provider for backhaul connectivity as part of Gogo‘s ongoing expansion efforts. Gogo is a leading provider of in-flight services, having equipped more than 2,000 commercial aircraft and more than 6,500 business jets with its exclusive online solutions. The DragonWave Horizon Quantum and Horizon Compact+ radios offer the performance parameters for linking Gogo’s remote tower locations back into a wired network.
“Our requirements are unique in that we needed to find a cost effective, reliable and quick solution to link our customers back into a wired network from our remotely positioned towers,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer. “We’ve selected DragonWave, as we’ve had a strong relationship with them over the past few years and have had reliable performance, service and support of the company’s products, which, in turn, has helped us provide a reliable quality of service to our inflight customers”
DragonWave’s links are designed into the Gogo network by Future Technologies Venture, LLC. “Future Technologies is very pleased to be the lead system designer and equipment provider on this innovative backhaul project,” said Peter Cappiello, Future Technologies President.
Delivering up to 4 Gbps per link, Horizon Quantum split-mount system provides dual-channel capability and high spectral efficiency, capacity, and nodal intelligence, while occupying only half a rack unit and consuming the lowest power per bit of any solution today. Horizon Compact+ integrates a radio and modem into a single outdoor unit that delivers more capacity per channel than any other all-outdoor microwave system currently available.
“We’ve enjoyed helping support the unique vision Gogo is pursuing to provide airline travelers around the world with dependable inflight entertainment services,” said Peter Allen, DragonWave President and CEO. “Probably the best compliment one gets from a customer is repeat business, and we’re committed to help Gogo succeed as they expand their business of connecting passengers to the Internet at 30,000 feet.”
Gogo is the global leader of in-flight connectivity and wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions. Using Gogo’s exclusive products and services, passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 2,000 Gogo equipped commercial aircraft. In-flight connectivity partners include Aeromexico, American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include Aeromexico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Scoot and US Airways. In addition to its commercial airline business, Gogo has more than 6,500 business aircraft outfitted with its communications services. Connect with Gogo at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.
DragonWave® is a leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions that drive next-generation IP networks. DragonWave’s carrier-grade point-to-point packet microwave systems transmit broadband voice, video and data, enabling service providers, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations to meet their increasing bandwidth requirements rapidly and affordably. The principal application of DragonWave’s portfolio is wireless network backhaul, including a range of products ideally suited to support the emergence of underlying small cell networks. Additional solutions include leased line replacement, last mile fiber extension and enterprise networks. DragonWave’s corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, visit http://www.dragonwaveinc.com.
About Future Technologies Venture, LLC
Future Technologies Venture, LLC is a professional services company specializing in the assessment, planning, design, implementation, and support of innovative communications solutions. FT maintains a strong concentration on emerging standards such as Wi-Fi, Small Cell and 4G technologies (UMTS, LTE and Wi-MAX). Through this practice and our knowledge of legacy cellular products (GSM, EVDO, etc.) and Broadband Wireless solutions, Future Technologies consistently distinguishes itself as an industry expert in all aspects of customer network evolution for both PRIVATE and PUBLIC network infrastructure projects throughout the US and World. Future Technologies is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.