|[November 22, 2012]
Astrium Services and SES Extend VSAT Coverage and Service for Global Maritime Customers
LUXEMBOURG --(Business Wire)--
SES (News - Alert) (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) and Astrium Services announced today they
have signed capacity deals to deliver connectivity to vessels around
Latin America as well as in the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea
and Gulf of Aden.
Astrium Services will renew capacity on the SES-4 satellite to provide
its customers with managed services for maritime business
communications, tracking equipment and engine performance as well as
ensuring crew at sea to stay connected. Located at 338 degrees West,
SES-4 is among several SES satellites providing capacity to Astrium
Services enabling the company to customise services to satisfy specific
needs of the maritime industry.
"The comprehensive coverage of the new SES-4 satellite extending from
the Arabian Sea to the South Pacific Ocean is ideal for our customers in
this region. Combined with SES' satellite expertise and our dedicated
sales and service team, this coverage is key in developing reliable VSAT
services for our global customers in these strategic maritime routes,"
said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime within the Business
Communications division of Astrium Services.
Under the new agreement Astrium Services is able to meet several
specific communication needs, including reliable VSAT coverage for oil &
gas activities offshore of Brazil and East Africa. Additionally, the
wider footprint of SES-4 extends coverage over the Gulf of Aden to
support vital connectivity to customers in piracy risk zones for
instance off the coast of Somalia. The coverage also supports fisheries,
transportation and recreational maritime customers in Europe.
"On-the-move global communications needs of the maritime industry have
to be met constantly even when vessels and crews are at remote regions
of the world. The series of new contracts with Astrium Services
reinforces or long-standing partnership and is a testament to our
leading position in delivering mobility satellite services," said
Norbert Hölzle, Senior Vice President of Europe, Commercial for SES.
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Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and
the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to €5
billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the
United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of
civil and defence space systems and services. Its three business units
are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital
infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment;
Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions
covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and
broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke
geo-information services, worldwide. Astrium is a wholly owned
subsidiary of EADS (News - Alert), a global leader in aerospace, defence and related
services. In 2011, the Group - comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and
Eurocopter - generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a
workforce of over 133,000.
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 52
geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications
services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile
and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations
worldwide. SES stands for long-lasting business relationships,
high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The
culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe
and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite
bandwidth and service requirements.
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and
QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite
infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under: www.ses.com.
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