Panasonic Avionics is looking to boost in-flight connectivity speeds for commercial airlines flying over South America, as the company announced it will begin using Telesat's new Anik G1 satellite in the region.
Telesat deployed Anik G1 in May with the goal of meeting the growing demand for satellite communications over South America. Aircraft equipped with Panasonic's in-flight Wi-Fi service will now have greater bandwidth and faster connection speeds with the use of Anik G1's Ku-band network.
In a statement via email, Brian Bardwell, a spokesperson for Panasonic, confirmed that the Anik G1 connectivity service is currently operational over South America for Panasonic-equipped aircraft.
David Bruner, vice president of communications for Panasonic, said the upgrade will give the company a "key advantage" over competitors servicing the South American region. The company will be looking to expand its in-flight broadband services and its eXTV in-flight television service with the increased capacity from Anik G1.
“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," said Bruner.