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Gogo in no Rush for Planned IPO Ads by Google

By Walin Wong

In-flight WiFi provider Gogo is in no rush to go public after filing to do so late last year, Chief Executive Michael Small said Tuesday.

The Itasca-based company filed initial public offering documents in December, but Small told attendees at the TechWeek conference at Merchandise Mart that he feels the IPO market has “definitely chilled.” He noted that Gogo just closed $135 million in debt financing “so we don’t have to do an IPO.”

The debt financing will allow the company to continue building new technologies. It is preparing to launch a new air-to-ground system that will deliver a threefold increase in speeds and more bandwidth, covering 75 to 90 percent of a plane’s passengers versus 25 to 30 percent today, Small said.

This system should roll out later this year and be more fully deployed in 2013, as it is still pending certification from the Federal Aviation Authority.

Gogo is also making a foray into satellite technology, which is needed for flights that travel over water. Global air travel is a major opportunity and satellite technology, while still three to four times the cost of Gogo’s air-to-ground systems to install, is “becoming more viable every day,” Small said.


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