Thursday, June 19, 2014
Panasonic to Bring Satellite Connectivity to Pacific Aircraft Routes
[Avionics Today June 19, 2014] Panasonic Avionics, an in-flight entertainment and communications systems provider, is looking to bring satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) to aircraft flying on high traffic routes between the West Coast of North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The company announced a new agreement with communications satellite operator Eutelsat to offer connectivity to airlines and operators flying within that region of its global network.
According to Panasonic, the Eutelsat 172B will enable "four times more bandwidth than its nearest competitor" at up to 200 megabytes per spot beam. This is opposed to the legacy Air to Ground (ATG) networks that most airlines use while flying over land, that deliver the relatively slow connection speeds that most passengers are using on commercial flights today.