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Astrium Services Expands Maritime VSAT Service

Thursday, September 6, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Randall Barney
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Astrium Services Expands Maritime VSAT Service on Intelsat’s Global Mobility Broadband Infrastructure

Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that Astrium Services Business Communications, the newly established business division of Astrium Services, has expanded its capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band mobility infrastructure. The agreement will enable the maritime communications leader, combining the power of maritime communications leaders Vizada and its affiliate Marlink, to further enhance its global broadband service offerings for the transportation, cruise and offshore segments.

Maritime service providers and customers of Astrium Services will benefit from the new network enhancements on the Intelsat 22 satellite and will leverage capacity on the Intelsat 22 satellite to enhance coverage for its maritime VSAT services, such as WaveCallTM and PharostarTM, in the Indian Ocean. Astrium Services will also utilize the Intelsat 21 satellite, which is designed to provide Ku-band coverage in the southern Atlantic Ocean, expanding the maritime VSAT service capacity in regions requiring more coverage.

The capacity on Intelsat 21 and Intelsat 22 will be accessed via the IntelsatOneSM Network Broadband product, which is built on a global network of VSAT service platforms and teleports integrated with an IP/MPLS backbone. The integration with Astrium Services’ proprietary global teleport network ensures a seamless service with high levels of quality, reliability and availability. The new capacity complements available throughput on the Intelsat C- and Ku-band infrastructure that is already enabling highly reliable connectivity for VSAT customers today.

WaveCall and Pharostar support the use of smaller antennas with straightforward installation and flexible packages to suit different connectivity requirements. Astrium Services is successfully testing its newest commercial VSAT offering with customers of high data allowances with speeds up to 1.5 Mbps. Service providers and customers benefit from low-cost, high-performing broadband communications with the most extensive global coverage.

"Intelsat provides the robust and reliable satellite infrastructure for our mobile VSAT partners and customers around the world, and this expanded commitment is part of our strategy to offer premier coverage and performance to maritime users,” said Tore Morten Olsen, newly appointed maritime director of Astrium Services Business Communications. "Our services are constantly evolving so that we can continue to provide exceptional quality, value and choice.”

"Today’s maritime, land and aeronautical communications service providers are experiencing growth that requires scalable, reliable and cost-effective solutions,” said Jay Yass, Intelsat’s vice president of global accounts and strategic sales. "Astrium Services is leading the way by offering innovative, always-on maritime VSAT solutions that provide true broadband and global connectivity.”

Intelsat’s Ku-band global mobility network, which is scheduled for completion in early 2013, will consist of 10 beams on seven satellites. - Read More>>

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