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Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) and Yahsat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore new ways to offer a broadband connectivity solution serving several mobility markets in the Middle East within the next three to five years
The MOU will allow both parties to further investigate the launch of a Yahsat satellite constellation, which will serve Panasonic's general mobility needs in aviation, maritime and terrestrial transportation.
The deal will also provide Yahsat with the ability to use Panasonic communication-related technologies and services where practical.
Yahsat CEO Masood M. Sharif Mahmood said, “We are delighted to be working with Panasonic to enable high-speed inflight connectivity, and we look forward to jointly setting new global benchmarks.
“With these technological advancements, we move a step closer to the UAE’s Networked Readiness Index Vision by 2021 and position Yahsat at the forefront of one of the most coveted segments of satellite connectivity.”
Yahsat and Panasonic will explore a wide range of factors, such as the type of frequency to be used, the coverage and capacity needed to serve flight routes in this region, the type of antenna and radome to be used, and the certification requirements of such a solution.
Paul Margis, president and CEO of Panasonic Avionics, added, “This is a unique opportunity for Panasonic and Yahsat to define a new state-of-the-art in satellite communications for routes across the Middle East.
“We believe that leveraging our combined vision for connectivity in the Middle East region will result in a truly unique experience for passengers in a wide range of vertical markets. We look forward to working with Yahsat to deliver a solution that keeps travellers entertained and productive everywhere they travel.”