Inflight connectivity expert Panasonic has signed a deal with Eutelsat to provide a huge amount of throughput to airlines in the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EMENA). The multiyear deal will allow the provider to funnel multiple gigahertz of extreme throughput (XTS) Ku-band connectivity to airlines flying throughout the region.
The deal announced last week, will see Panasonic taking two multi beam payloads on the new Eutelsat 10B satellite. This satellite is due to launch in 2022. The acquisition will allow Panasonic to provide additional extreme throughput to aircraft flying in one of the most congested airspaces in the world – Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Ken Sain, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, commented in a press release,
“Panasonic Avionics is continuing to invest in its Ku-band connectivity network. This contract with a long-standing partner such as Eutelsat, with whom we already work with globally, illustrates our strategy to constantly expand our worldwide network with additional capacity, to create value for our airline customers and satisfy the needs of their passengers. We have collaborated closely with Eutelsat on this satellite design and we are very excited to see these efforts come to fruition.”
The addition of Eutelsat 10B to the Panasonic network will mark the second addition of an XTS satellite. Growing demands of passengers and airlines, particularly in the EMENA area, clearly means this is a great investment for Panasonic.
Located at 10 degrees east, Eutelsat 10B with have an orbital position that offers unique visibility spanning from the Americas to Asia. It will ensure service continuity for existing customers on EUTELSAT 10A, while supporting the development of the Group’s activities in mobile connectivity thanks to two new incremental HTS payloads.
Philippe Oliva, Eutelsat’s chief commercial officer, said,
“We are delighted that Panasonic Avionics has selected us once again to further extend its resources. This capacity commitment on our upcoming EUTELSAT 10B satellite reflects the quality of coverage at our 10° East location as well as our focus on developing competitive solutions to meet growing inflight connectivity needs worldwide.”
As reported by the company in its press release, around 2,200 aircraft are flying worldwide equipped with Panasonic’s high speed inflight connectivity service. Eutelsat’s high quality equipment will enable Panasonic to continue delivering high speed internet, live TV and high bandwidth connectivity for crew services in an increasingly demanding marketplace.