|Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO of Yahsat and Paul Margis, president and CEO for Panasonic Avionics. Photo: Yahsat
[Avionics Today 08-10-2016] Panasonic Avionics and United Arab Emirates satellite operator Yahsat signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore new ways to offer a broadband connectivity solution serving several mobility markets in the Middle East within the next three to five years. In addition, while final terms are still being negotiated, the MOU allows both parties to further investigate the launch of a Yahsat satellite constellation that would serve Panasonic’s general mobility needs in aviation, maritime and terrestrial transportation, and also give Yahsat the ability to use Panasonic communication-related technologies and services where practical.
Moving forward, Yahsat and Panasonic will assess the technical requirements for such an offering. The companies will explore factors including the type of frequency to be used, the coverage and capacity needed to serve flight routes in this region, the type of antenna and radome, and the certification requirements of such a solution.