Boeing and Panasonic are preparing to open a new market for eXConnect, Panasonic’s secure, satellite-based, in-flight broadband service. Under a new agreement, Boeing will offer eXConnect to government customers within and outside the United States.
While final terms are still being negotiated, the companies have agreed on a framework for Boeing to offer the in-flight broadband service and sell aeronautical terminals to the government market, including the eXConnect terminal being deployed commercially today.
“This alliance will expand Boeing’s ability to offer in-flight broadband to government aircraft operators, many of whom operate Boeing aircraft, with a competitively priced service,” says Paul Geery, Vice-President of C3 Solutions for Boeing Electronic and Information Solutions. “The eXConnect service will augment other Boeing C4ISR capabilities, providing customers with seamless situational awareness.”
“By combining the strengths of our global Ku-band aeronautical network with Boeing’s extensive experience working with secure network customers such as the US Government, we will together be able to provide significantly improved service to this important industry,” says Paul Margis, President and CEO of Panasonic. “We look forward to working with Boeing to offer in-flight connectivity to this exciting market.”