August 15 2023  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Panasonic Avionics enhances inflight internet with global network expansion

By Reedah Hayder

The phased deployment is set to conclude by the end of 2023

Panasonic Avionics Corporation has revealed a significant expansion of its global connectivity network. This expansion introduces new and improved GEO Ku-band satellite capacity, resulting in faster inflight internet for passengers and airlines.

“For the past few years, we have seen exponential growth in the adoption of inflight connectivity,” said John Wade, Vice President of Panasonic Avionics’ Inflight Connectivity Business Unit, in an August 10 press release. “Passengers want faster internet speeds for traditional services like email, web browsing, social media and messaging…This major expansion of our global connectivity network will ensure that Panasonic Avionics consistently exceeds the growing demand for these kinds of enhanced in-flight experiences.”

The expansion involves integrating High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and Extreme Throughput Satellites (XTS) into the network. This upgrade will enhance coverage across various regions, including the Americas, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, the Middle East, the Arabian Sea, Africa, and the Indian Ocean.

Moreover, the expansion brings about several advantages such as global capacity rises by 50 percent, guaranteeing dependable high-speed internet services. In addition, speeds reach up to 75 Mbps per aircraft through HTS and up to 200 Mbps through XTS satellites.

Current and future customers gain enhancements with no hardware or software changes.

Notably, more than 70 leading airlines have chosen Panasonic Avionics’ inflight connectivity services.

Wade added, “Given our unique approach to satellite capacity, and with our multi-layered, multi-orbit connectivity network, Panasonic Avionics has the unique ability to leverage a wide range of different, industry-leading satellites, rather than the high-risk approach of relying solely on proprietary satellite technology. This enables Panasonic Avionics to add new capacity quickly and easily when and where it’s needed, ensuring we can deliver an advanced and virtually uninterrupted service. The result is a better experience for passengers and higher Net Promoter Scores (NPS) for airlines.”

The phased deployment is set to conclude by the end of 2023.

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