[Satnews] OmniAccess gains access to Panasonic’s global, high performance satellite network and enters into a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation, the industry’s leading provider of inflight entertainment and communications systems. OmniAccess will participate in the development of Panasonic’s unique XTS “extremely high throughput” satellite-network program, and also foresees extensive cooperation in the areas of entertainment systems and content provisioning.
Panasonic has already announced major commitments to two Intelsat Epic® satellites and Eutelsat’s 172B satellite, and is in the process of contracting for XTS high-throughput satellites, which will bring unprecedented levels of capacity and performance to its customers in aeronautical, energy, maritime, and mining. Through this agreement OmniAccess has secured access to Panasonic’s existing capacity, currently contracted capacity and the future XTS satellite network, bringing that same capacity and performance to its yachting and cruise ship customers.
Bertrand Hartman, OmniAccess’ CEO, said, “This is an important agreement for both OmniAccess and our customers. By leveraging Panasonic’s unique XTS solutions and scale of operations, we can guarantee our clients will remain at the very forefront of the exciting new technology developments that lay ahead, for all regions of the world, for many years to come. Furthermore Panasonic’s unparalleled expertise in aeronautical entertainment systems and content-delivery solutions offers many promising prospects to further expand our industry-leading Plexus-TV yacht and cruise services-portfolio.”
Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said, “We are very excited to team with OmniAccess to extend our network to their markets. OmniAccess has built an outstanding reputation for providing extremely reliable service to its customers. We believe together we can establish a new standard of high bandwidth services for our respective customers.”
Headquartered in the “yachting capital of the Mediterranean,” Palma de Mallorca, OmniAccess is the leading specialized maritime IT services integrator. Established in 2002, the company offers a portfolio of cutting-edge IT and connectivity-services and products to over 250 vessels, among which many of the world’s most impressive yachts. With an experienced staff of over 45 employees, OmniAccess operates an advanced global proprietary iDirect® Evolution VSAT network on over 22 satellite-beams in both C-band and Ku-band, uplinked from 5 Teleport-locations in Spain, Germany, Chile, Australia and the USA. OmniAccess’ services encompass BroadBeam VSAT solutions for Internet connectivity at sea at ultra-high speeds of up to 100 mbps, Plexus advanced integrated maritime IT networks and Plexus-TV IPTV solutions.