Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) have partnered to provide inflight connectivity (IFC) services over the Eurasia region.
The services will be provided via RSCC’s state-of-the-art Express-AM5 and Express-AM6 Ku-band satellites.
As part of the partnership, Panasonic has entered into an agreement with AltegroSky Group for the provision of infrastructure that enables Panasonic to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) services via the Russian satellites.
The network will be managed via AltegroSky’s Network Management teleports (NMCs) in Moscow and Khabarovsk. Landing transit traffic at these NMCs will be delivered to the link up station with the MMTS9 operator via terrestrial communication channels.
Ksenia Drozdova, Deputy General Director for Business Development at RSCC, says:“We are pleased to implement the project using RSCC’s satellite capacity, together with Panasonic Avionics, the global market leader in IFEC. Satellite-based communications to aircraft is one of our main growth drivers. We are focusing on this area of operations and are confident that our partners will appreciate the quality of RSCC’s client service.”
Sergey Pekhterev, founder of AltegroSky, says: “Not only do such projects provide opportunities for us to hone our skills of cooperation with global operators and market leaders, but they also bring us to the technological forefront of the industry. This makes it possible to move ahead in building up our own infrastructure to provide innovative services to our customers in Russia, including broadband access on aircraft and ships. We believe that the contract demonstrates the competency of our company and our readiness for open partnership in the implementation of key activities.”