IFEC giant, Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), has signed a multi-year agreement for Ku-band capacity on two multi-beam payloads on the Eutelsat 10B satellite, due to be launched in 2022. Panasonic expects this contract will enable it to provide multiple gigahertz of new extreme throughput (XTS) Ku-band connectivity to airlines and their passengers flying over a wide area across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including lower density areas.
Ken Sain, the new CEO of Panasonic, said,“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.”
Eutelsat 10B, located at 10° East,will be the second XTS satellite to join Panasonic’s connectivity network, which supports the provision of services such as high-speed internet, live television, video streaming, VoIP applications, 4G mobile services scalable to 5G, and greater bandwidth for crew applications. The network is backed by Panasonic’s Customer Performance Center, which monitors network performance and upcoming maintenance needs to support airline operational efficiencies.