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Panasonic, Intelsat sign agreement for in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile, entertainment

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Panasonic and Intelsat have announced an agreement to develop a platform for in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile connectivity and global television services.

In a press release, the tech giant and satellite provider said that they will be working together to provide connectivity to fliers on busy routes. Through the Intelsat EpicNG satellite platform, Panasonic will deliver bandwidth services to airplanes traveling from Europe to South East Asia, and Europe to North Asia. Intelsat will also provide capacity and coverage for intra-region routes including missions over Russia and the Middle East.

The new service regions will join the launch of the Intelsat 29e, which is due to cover U.S. and North Atlantic services. The Intelsat 33e satellite, which will cover the latest routes, is expected to launch in 2016.

Ku-band spot beams delivered by the satellites allow the tech giant's Global Communications Services platform -- including eXConnect in-flight Wi-Fi and eXPhone mobile phone services -- to function. Wide beams will also support Panasonic's global eXTV live television.

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.

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."

Via: Business Wire

Image credit: Boeing

— By on September 10, 2013, 7:42 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure