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Why Panasonic Avionics new satellite is good for Asian Mobility Markets?

March 29, 2018

For more than 35 years, Panasonic Avionics has strengthened the connection between the world’s airlines and their passengers. The company is recognized globally for its experience and leadership in product innovation and customization, system reliability, and customer care. Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and APT Mobile Satcom Limited (APSATCOM) has announced a major evolution in connectivity for mobility markets with the launch of a new satellite: APSTAR-6D.

This first Panasonic XTS satellite will support inflight connectivity in 2020 and will give to the company the capacity to meet the needs of its customers and to position itself for sustained growth in the Asian region. In addition, Panasonic will continue to optimize its global network and add more state-of-the-art satellite capacity in high-density regions to ensure industry-leading performance everywhere its consumers fly. APSTAR-6D provides HTS coverage over the full field of view of the satellite including the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Australia and the Southern Oceans down to Antarctica. This includes areas not served by any other HTS satellite. Tailoring the capacity to areas of demand will provide Panasonic customers with better service, unprecedented coverage and the ability to dramatically increase throughput.

No fewer than 21 Asian carriers – including Air China, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, EVA Air and others – have collectively tapped Panasonic for Ku-band inflight connectivity on over 800 aircraft. These and other carriers around the world will use APSTA-6D as their aircraft fly routes to and over Asia.

This XTS satellite will be integrated into Panasonic’s recently launched third generation communications network. It is built to meet the growing connectivity demands of airlines and their passengers. This flexible network is designed to place capacity where it’s most needed across the globe to meet demand. Approximately 2,000 aircraft flying routes all around the world use Panasonic’s global high-speed inflight connectivity service. The company expects more than 10,000 aircraft to be connected to its global high-speed communications network by 2025.

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