Ericsson has won a contract with AeroMobile, a subsidiary of Panasonic Avionics, to provide LTE technology to the aviation, maritime and mining markets.

Connectivity provider AeroMobile will use Ericsson’s network to enable crew and passengers on aircraft, cruise ships and yachts, as well as employees in the mining sector, to use 2G, 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Ericsson said it would utilise NFV and SDN technologies to offer scalability, programmability and automation.

The deal, financial details of which were not disclosed, will expand to cover IoT and 5G solutions, Ericsson added.

Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer at Panasonic Avionics, said: “This 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 IoT.”

He added: “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.”

Ericsson saw revenues and profits slump in the third quarter as its network services division saw sales drop 19 percent year-on-year.

The Sweden-based vendor appointed board member Börje Ekholm as its new CEO last month in an attempt to reverse its fortunes.

It also announced plans to cut 3,000 jobs in Sweden.

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