Panasonic and Eutelsat partner to enhance in-flight Wi-Fi coverage

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has reached an agreement with Eutelsat America Corp., Eutelsat’s US subsidiary, to provide in-flight broadband services over West coast of North America, to Asia, and down to Australia and Pacific islands.

Panasonic is investing in 'High Throughput Satellites' such as the EUTELSAT 172B, which is scheduled to launch in 2017. The satellite will integrate into Panasonic’s network architecture tailored to the requirements of global aviation.

High Throughput Satellites use a combination of spot beams and high level frequency re-use with an aim to offer much wider bandwidth and faster data speeds as passengers browse the internet and use other online services. They also use a broad overlay beam, which is used to economically deliver up to eight channels of live television to passengers in-flight.

Through this purpose-built network architecture, now including EUTELSAT 172B, Panasonic claims it will provide up to 200 megabytes per spot beam.

"Demand for in-flight connectivity is increasing exponentially, especially in Asia," said Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics. "This agreement with a capable technology partner such as Eutelsat represents a continuation of our commitment to serve the aviation industry."

Eutelsat was selected as a result of its decision to install a replacement satellite at a key strategic location on Panasonic’s global network.

“EUTELSAT 172B is ideally positioned to serve the rapidly growing in-flight connectivity market in this region, and we welcome Panasonic Avionics Corp. as an anchor tenant on this state-of-the-art satellite,” commented Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO.

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