July 25 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

Panasonic seeks to open China skies to connectivity

By Rick Lundstrom

Panasonic Avionics has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited (China Telecom Satellite) to jointly develop, implement and support in-flight connectivity solutions for the Chinese market.

The signing of the MOU will also make possible the first ever provision of in-flight connectivity to Panasonic’s 36 non-Chinese customer airlines when flying into and over China.

Panasonic’s eXConnect system uses its global Ku-band aeronautical satellite network to deliver in-flight broadband connectivity. With it,  passengers can access the internet, send email or log onto their favourite social media sites.

"While there is still work to be done in order to complete the cooperation agreement, we have made great progress with China Telecom Satellite towards providing this very important service to our airline customers and their passengers,” said Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic Avionics. “We believe China Telecom Satellite will be a very strong and effective partner for China’s in-flight communication market.”

Both parties are working to complete their formal contract over the coming weeks and plan to begin offering commercial in-flight connectivity services in the fourth quarter of 2013.


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