Panasonic Avionics Corporation has entered an agreement with the world's major provider of satellite services, Intelsat S.A., for capacity on the high performance Intelsat EpicNG platform.
Panasonic has picked up the Intelsat 33e satellite to offer coverage and capacity for its Global Communications Services over one of the most rapidly expanding air travel regions in the world.
The deal will help Panasonic in providing the industry's highest bandwidth service to aircraft traveling from Europe to South East Asia and Europe to North Asia. It also offers capacity and coverage for intra-region itineraries that include missions over Russia and the Middle East.
This new service region is complementary to the U.S. and North Atlantic services that will be offered by the first unveiled Epic satellite, Intelsat 29e. Intelsat 33e is the second of five unveiled Epic-class satellites, and would be launched in 2016.
Intelsat President and Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Spengler, said : "This agreement will enable Panasonic to meet the growing demand for broadband connectivity to airlines, delivering the live television, phone and Internet services that today's travelers demand," said . "As the need for these solutions continues to climb, the open architecture, backward compatible EpicNG platform, with its combination of wide beams and spot beams, will offer Panasonic the throughput and performance needed to meet tomorrow's communications requirements."
Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, added : "This is the second major commitment by Panasonic to the high throughput Intelsat EpicNG platform, and it will enable us to continue to provide unparalleled aeronautical broadband service to airline customers that fly missions all across the globe".