Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a provider of in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC), has commissioned and tested its new service on the Yamal 201 Russian satellite via its partner RuSat’s teleport in Moscow, Russia.
The Russian satellite is a strategic addition to the company’s global aeronautical broadband network because it provides essential service for aircraft routes from Europe to Asia. With the Yamal 201 satellite, the more than 1,200 aircraft that have been committed to Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite will, the company claims, be able to fly around the globe, above the equator, with uninterrupted broadband coverage from the company’s Ku-band network.
Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite system provides two-way broadband connectivity to an aircraft. It supports a wide range of passenger and crew applications including in-flight broadband internet access over Wi-Fi to passengers, and mobile phone service offered in collaboration with UK-based Aeromobile, wholly owned by the Telenor Group. A small mobile base station (pico cell) installed on-board, connects calls, SMS and data via satellite to networks on the ground.