Panasonic Poised to Offer In-Flight Connectivity Over China
[Via Satellite 12-27-13] Panasonic Avionics has signed a definitive agreement with China Telecom Satellite Communications to jointly develop, implement and support in-flight connectivity solutions for Chinese airlines. The agreement will also make possible the provision of in-flight broadband connectivity to Panasonic’s 39 customer airlines when flying into and over China.
Part of the agreement includes a teleport that China Telecom Satellite will operate in Beijing, China, which is now ready for service. The teleport will launch Panasonic’s service commercially following final approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect system uses its global Ku-band aeronautical satellite network to deliver in-flight broadband connectivity, enabling passengers to access the Internet, compose and send email or log onto various social media sites. Both parties plan to begin offering in-flight connectivity services as soon as all necessary approvals are in place.