Ericsson and Panasonic Avionics bringing connectivity to the skies with 5G-ready platform
LAKE FOREST, Calif., - Ericsson and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have announced that Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution is now live, supporting connectivity services across multiple markets served by Panasonic. Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution will help Panasonic and its subsidiary AeroMobile, a global GSMA telecoms operator, provide data, voice and messaging services to the millions of airline passengers that use these services in-flight. The collaboration between Ericsson, Panasonic and AeroMobile started in 2016.
As part of Panasonic’s initiative to bring a better connected experience onboard commercial aircraft, Panasonic and Ericsson have migrated the existing service operating across a global fleet of aircraft onto the core network, delivered as a service, while maintaining network performance and customer experience.
The geo-redundant solution is delivered through Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service and includes virtualized network applications such as packet core, unified data management, mediation, and mobile switching delivered on Ericsson Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Infrastructure. The core network solution is part of Ericsson’s as a Service offering to service providers globally, and is able to support 5G services to the passenger and airline.
“Our partnership with Ericsson, and the technology provided, will allow us to better serve the communications needs of our passenger and airline customers" said AeroMobile CEO Kevin Rogers. "We are looking forward to continuing our exciting collaboration with Ericsson”.
The two companies will explore other services to address further market segments and opportunities, while ensuring service continuity and the constant evolution of the live network, including exploring new 5G use cases.
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