December 20 2018  |  Connectivity & Satellites

​Panasonic and Ericsson 5G platform now live

By Rick Lundstrom

Ericsson and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have announced that Ericsson’s “Core Network as a Service” solution is now live, supporting connectivity services across multiple markets served by Panasonic.

“Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution will help Panasonic and its subsidiary AeroMobile, a global GSMA telecoms operator, provide data, voice and messaging services to the millions of airline passengers that use these services in flight,” said a release from Panasonic.

Passengers whose mobile service provider has a roaming agreement with AeroMobile can use the service, which is supported worldwide by mobile operators and delivered inflight to more than 20 of Panasonic’s global commercial airline customers.

The service is delivered through Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service and includes virtualized network applications such as packet core, unified data management, mediation, and mobile switching delivered on the Ericsson NFV Infrastructure. The Core Network solution is part of Ericsson’s as a Service offering to service providers globally, and is able to support 5G services to the passenger and airline.

“Our partnership with Ericsson, and the technology provided, will allow us to better serve the communications needs of our passenger and airline customers,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile. “Furthermore, the solution enables us to grow our footprint and expand into other services offering a richer experience for the passenger and operational efficiencies for our airline customers. We are looking forward to continuing our exciting collaboration with Ericsson."

The two companies will explore other services to address further market segments and opportunities, including new 5G uses.

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