Panasonic Avionics plots path to inflight 5G with Ericsson core solution

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Ericsson says it has been selected by Panasonic Avionics to enable LTE connectivity services to the aviation and additional multiple markets, with an upgrade path to 5G.

Under the terms of the new contract, Ericsson will implement its 5G-ready core solution for Panasonic Avionics through its subsidiary AeroMobile, a global inflight connectivity provider and registered mobile network operator. The solution will enable crew and passengers on aircraft, cruise ships and yachts, and employees in the and mining sectors, to access 2G, 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Ericsson said its 5G-ready core that can be optimized for use across a wide and growing range of sectors, enabling connectivity not only for passengers, employees and different services onboard aircraft and ships, and also for massive IoT communication.

“This innovative collaboration with Ericsson is an integral part of our strategy to address the global communications needs of consumers and businesses in the future, and it demonstrates our commitment to enabling connected devices through the Internet of Things,” said Paul Margis, president and CEO of Panasonic Avionics. “Using this new global communications platform, we will help our customers – across all of our vertical markets – leverage ubiquitous connectivity to improve their operations with real time data across all of their connected platforms.”

The core uses NFV and SDN technologies to bring ultra-scalability, programmability and automation to the networks. Real-time instantiation of network functions and network slicing enable network resource optimization, rapid service innovation, new business models and greater customer value for Panasonic Avionics, said Anders Lindblad, head of Business Unit IT and Cloud at Ericsson.

“NFV is an important technology for the 5G-ready core, and industry-leading operators around the world are already using our solution in live commercial service. We are extremely happy that Panasonic Avionics selects Ericsson as the sole supplier for their 5G-ready core,” Lindblad said.

The new contract between Panasonic Avionics and Ericsson is only the first step of an extended strategic collaboration the two companies are embarking on, with other areas of focus including 5G and the Internet of Things.

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