Panasonic teams with OneWeb on high-speed, low-latency LEO inflight broadband

Satcom services business OneWeb and inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions expert Panasonic Avionics are to collaborate to enable Panasonic to market, sell, and support OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency LEO inflight broadband services.

Panasonic Avionics will offer OneWeb’s global service standalone or paired with Panasonic Avionics’ GEO service, which covers 99.6% of the world’s flight routes.

Panasonic Avionics said it is committed to developing a multi-orbit strategy and with OneWeb will be able to offer airlines more choice, with top-tier products supporting forward link speeds approaching 200 Mbps and return link speeds up to 32 Mbps everywhere, including polar routes.

This coverage and performance will improve the inflight surfing and streaming experience for passengers and will open the door to new, low-latency airline passenger experiences such as live gameplay, video conferencing, and VoIP communication. Panasonic Avionics expects to support OneWeb-equipped aircraft in the second half of 2023.

Panasonic Avionics’ will make its cataloueg of cloud-enabled, broadband-connected applications available over the OneWeb network, including mobile phone connectivity, ARC moving map, ZeroTouch content management, and related services.

“Our mission at OneWeb is to enable airlines to deliver a consistent, terrestrial-like connectivity experience to their passengers, no matter when or where they are flying – over oceans, over the North Pole – absolutely everywhere. This connectivity experience will drive value through enhanced passenger satisfaction and loyalty, ancillary services, and operational efficiencies. This agreement with Panasonic is significant for OneWeb, as it allows us to leverage their reputation, expertise, and reach to bring our LEO network to airlines, while seamlessly integrating our connectivity solution within existing IFEC infrastructure,” said OneWeb vice president mobility services, Ben Griffin.

John Wade, vice president of Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight connectivity business unit said: “Airline passenger expectations, and therefore the demands of our airline customers, continue to change. Passengers are accustomed to high-speed, low-latency connections supporting remote collaborative working environments, high-quality video streaming, and real-time gameplay. With OneWeb, we can now offer that experience everywhere our customers fly. This is a truly exciting day for the in-flight connectivity market.”

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