APEX 2013: Panasonic enhances coverage over South America

Panasonic Avionics has significantly enhanced the coverage and capacity of its in-flight connectivity service over South America, using Telesat’s new Anik G1 satellite.

Anik G1, which began commercial service in May, dramatically increases capacity over South America with greater power than earlier generation satellites.

David Bruner, Vice President, Global Communication Services for Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “The strategic upgrade of our global Ku-band aeronautical network with Anik G1 clearly demonstrates a key advantage of our service offering.

"We have the unique ability to scale coverage and capacity anywhere in the world where our customers fly. This flexibility not only helps guarantee that we will always provide the best coverage for airlines and that we will continue to offer the highest bandwidth for the lowest price per bit.”

Nigel Gibson, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat, added: “Panasonic’s decision to use Anik G1 over South America is a strong endorsement of the capabilities and advantages of our newest satellite.

“Telesat now has five satellites serving Latin America and is pleased to be supporting innovative providers like Panasonic who are ready to capitalise on the favourable demand trends across the region.”

The increased capacity will allow even more growth for in-flight broadband services and greater support for Panasonic’s unique eXTV live in-flight television service.

Bruner added: “With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil approaching, the extra capacity ensures fans will be able to watch the exclusive Sport 24 network, which is offered in conjunction with IMG Media, and catch key matches while travelling to South America and even to the tournament.”

Steve Nichols, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com
Anaheim, CA, USA

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