Panasonic Avionics, China Eastern Airlines, APT Mobile SatCom and China Telecom Satellite Communications are claiming a performance milestone for in-flight connectivity service over China, using Panasonic Avionics’ new Extreme Throughput Satellite (XTS) service on the APStar 6D communications satellite.
On a recent China Eastern Airlines’ flight MU5105, passengers saw average speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to the aircraft, with peak speeds reaching 200 Mbps. As a result, passengers were able to enjoy services such as streaming video, video conferencing, downloading large files, and high-speed web browsing, on multiple devices, all at the same time.
These new performance benchmarks were made possible by the APStar 6D satellite technology jointly designed by Panasonic Avionics and APSATCOM. The aircraft used had previously been equipped with in-flight connectivity hardware from Panasonic Avionics and no changes or upgrades to the existing antenna, wireless access points, satellite modem, or other critical component were required.
“This is indeed an exciting achievement for Panasonic Avionics,” declared Ron Ho, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific of Panasonic Avionics. “The data that we saw from flight MU5105 underscores our commitment to being the leader in connectivity to airlines in China, across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and around the world.”
“As the largest provider of satellite-based in-flight connectivity to airlines around the world, Panasonic knows that the demand for reliable, high-speed in-flight connectivity remains a top customer priority, especially in strategic markets across Asia Pacific like China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and others. With our significant investment in APStar 6D, Panasonic Avionics is uniquely positioned to exceed customer expectations for in-flight connectivity, not only today, but for the future. All aircraft equipped by Panasonic for connectivity will automatically utilise APStar 6D as they transit through the region.”
“APStar 6D is the world’s first extreme-throughput communication satellite based for mobile service optimisation,” added Jason Li, CEO of APSATCOM. “Beams of different sizes, capacity and bandwidth, dynamic adjustment capability and full view coverage are unique designs for the characteristics of satellite in-flight mobile service. We believe that APStar 6D is the most ideal solution for Panasonic Avionics to realise in-flight connectivity service in China and even the whole APAC region. In the future, APSTCOM will maintain close cooperation with Panasonic Avionics to optimise operating costs for airlines, and enable more passengers to enjoy high-quality, diversified network services.”
Panasonic Avionics’ global satellite network covers over 99 per cent of all flight routes, and places capacity where it is most needed to meet the growing needs of airlines and their passengers. It supports the provision of services such as high-speed Internet, video streaming, VoIP applications, HD video, live television, phone services, and even dedicated bandwidth for crew applications.
Panasonic Avionics has delivered over 2,300 in-flight connectivity solutions worldwide.