Monday, May 5, 2008

Intelsat and Panasonic to Offer In-Flight Broadband Service

Intelsat and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) signed a multi-year service agreement targeting in-flight passenger broadband access. Panasonic plans to introduce "eXConnect" a passenger Internet connectivity service that will leverage Intelsat's existing GlobalConnex Network Broadband service which is available on Intelsat's global satellite fleet of 53 in-orbit satellites, and regional teleport facilities. By utilizing Intelsat's existing infrastructure, Panasonic will be able to introduce eXConnect in key regions around the world.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the leading supplier of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and communication systems.

"On-demand, mobile communications continues to fuel the widespread integration of cutting-edge satellite services," said Jay Yass, Intelsat's Vice President, Network Services. "The agreement with Panasonic further demonstrates Intelsat's ability to lead the global satellite industry in creating innovative data, video and voice infrastructure solutions. The Panasonic eXConnect platform, powered by the Intelsat system, delivers seamless broadband connectivity to passengers who seek Internet access wherever and whenever they need it, enabling them to stay connected while in flight."http://www.intelsat.com