November 18, 2016 – Panasonic Avionics Corporation has partnered with Ericsson to enable what it describes as ‘the next generation of connectivity services’ to the aviation and additional multiple markets.
Under the terms of the contract, Ericsson will implement its 5G-ready core solution for Panasonic Avionics through its subsidiary AeroMobile, a global inflight connectivity provider and registered mobile network operator. The solution will enable crew and passengers on aircraft, cruise ships and yachts to access 2G, 3G, LTE and wi-fi connectivity, as well as Internet of Things communication.
The 5G-ready core uses NFV and SDN technologies to bring ‘ultra-scalability’, programmability and automation to the networks, while real-time instantiation of network functions and network slicing enable network resource optimization, rapid service innovation and new business models.
Paul Margis, president and CEO, Panasonic Avionics Corporation stated, “Using this new global communications platform, we will help our customers — across all of our vertical markets — leverage ubiquitous connectivity to improve their operations with real time data across all of their connected platforms.”
According to Panasonic Avionics and Ericsson, this contract is the first step of an extended strategic collaboration, with other areas of focus including 5G and the Internet of Things.