Intelsat to acquire Gogo for $400m

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Intelsat has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Gogo, a commercial aviation business and the largest global provider of in-flight broadband connectivity, for $400 million.

The all-cash transaction strengthens Intelsat’s position in the growing commercial in-flight connectivity market, combining its high-capacity global satellite and ground network with Gogo’s installed base of more than 3,000 commercial aircraft.

“Consumer demand for in-flight connectivity is expected to grow at a double-digit rate over the next decade, notwithstanding the impact of Covid-19. The addition of Gogo’s commercial aviation business provides compelling strategic value for our stakeholders and makes strong commercial sense,” said Stephen Spengler (pictured), chief executive officer at Intelsat.

“Gogo’s business is a perfect fit with Intelsat’s expansive satellite network and infrastructure due to the breadth of Gogo’s technological solutions, global reach and operational excellence.”

Specifically, Gogo’s commercial aviation business provides Intelsat with key airline relationships and customer-facing capabilities, including a leading software platform, ISP and network management infrastructure. It currently serves 21 commercial airlines, including nine of the top 20 global carriers.

“A priority growth objective for Intelsat is to extend our reach closer to the millions of customers who use our satellite capabilities to stay connected around the world,” said Spengler.

“The addition of Gogo’s commercial aviation business is a significant step toward this goal. We are growing beyond satellite connectivity to expand into consumer-optimised managed services.”

This transaction will merge Intelsat’s next-gen high throughput space assets with 2Ku antenna to uniquely position Intelsat to deliver more cost-effective and advanced commercial aviation broadband connectivity services.

Travellers will benefit from an enhanced in-flight connectivity experience that delivers "fast and reliable" video streaming, browsing and cloud-based applications from gate to gate. Airlines can expect a fully integrated platform offering high reliability, flexibility and passenger satisfaction.

“We are excited to welcome the talented people of Gogo’s commercial aviation business to the Intelsat family and look forward to pairing their aviation expertise with Intelsat’s owned network capability to unlock new opportunities for growth,” concluded Spengler.

“Our ability to execute this transaction in the midst of our financial restructuring speaks to the strength of our underlying business, our vision for the future, the commitment of key Intelsat stakeholders and the momentum that we have maintained over the past several months.”