HAMBURG, Germany, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC), today announced it has completed commercial agreement and is now ready to enter into service with Australian Satellite Communications (ASC) with a full transponder of capacity on the Eutelsat 172A satellite pending imminent regulatory approval. Under terms of the agreement, Panasonic will use the capacity on the satellite's South Pacific Beam and the uplinking and downlinking of the services will be from ASC's teleport in Adelaide.
This significant increase in bandwidth requirements expands Panasonic's previous leasing agreements with Australian Satellite Communications for capacity for airline routes over Australia and New Zealand, and for trans-Tasman flights.
"We are very excited to build upon our good relationship with Australian Satellite Communications and provide even more capacity for our Global Communications Service," said David Bruner, Vice President of Panasonic Avionics Corporation's Global Communications Service. "This milestone highlights our unique ability to add capacity and coverage to key areas around the globe to ensure the best possible performance and lowest possible cost for our airline customers. It also ensures seamless delivery of our eXTV service in the South Pacific region, which includes live programming such as news and the world's most popular sporting events with Sport 24.""We are very pleased that Panasonic Avionics Corporation has expanded its commitment with ASC for its in-flight broadband services. We take great pride in delivering high-quality services from our teleport in Adelaide to meet the stringent requirements for sophisticated in-flight communication and entertainment, as required by Panasonic," said Mark Borgas, General Manager of ASC. Panasonic's Global Communications Service includes eXConnect, eXPhone and eXTV. eXConnect provides two-way broadband connectivity supporting a wide range of passenger and crew applications, including Internet access, voice, data, and the ability to monitor and transmit airline operational data in real time at speeds of up to 50 Mbps to the aircraft.