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Boeing puts broadband on its planes

Broadband internet access in flight could become more commonplace as Panasonic has struck a deal with Boeing that will see the consumer electronics firm put its in-flight broadband service into Boeing’s planes.

Under a new agreement, Boeing will initially offer eXConnect service to government customers within and outside the United States.

Final terms have still to be discussed but the companies have agreed on a framework for Boeing to offer the eXConnect service and sell aeronautical terminals to the government market, including the Panasonic eXConnect terminal being deployed commercially today.

“This alliance will expand Boeing’s ability to offer in-flight broadband to government aircraft operators, many of whom operate Boeing aircraft, with a competitively priced service,” said Paul Geery, vice president of C3 Solutions for Boeing Electronic and Information Solutions.

“By combining the strengths of our global Ku-band aeronautical network with Boeing’s extensive experience working with secure network customers such as the U.S. government, we will together be able to provide significantly improved service to this important industry,” said Paul Margis, president and chief executive of Panasonic Avionics.

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