• Leading supplier of satellite based telecommunications services for land, maritime and aeronautical markets gets a new name

February 13, 2014– Astrium Services, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions, has announced that it will operate with immediate effect under its new name Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group.

The change from Astrium Services to the new Airbus Defence and Space is part of a rebranding throughout the wider EADS organisation. Earlier this year, EADS became Airbus Group, with three distinct divisions: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters.

The entire Astrium Services portfolio of satellite communications and geo information services will continue under the newly created Communication, Intelligence & Security (CIS) business line of Airbus Defence and Space. CIS will also integrate secure land communications and integrated system activities of the former Cassidian organisation of EADS.

As the number one MilSatCom provider in the world and the leading commercial satcom provider for maritime and enterprise customers, the company will continue to offer best-suit choice of multi-band satellite services, reliably answering communications needs of all key markets.

“The new Airbus Defence and Space set-up will allow bringing all governmental and commercial satellite communication activities together into one integrated SatCom unit, as part of CIS. The mission of new SatCom unit will be to be the provider of choice for trusted satcom-enabled solutions, with a very strong customer focus across all our key vertical markets,” comments Erik Ceuppens, newly appointed Head of the Satellite Communications program line. “We’re proud to operate under the Airbus name and its association with technology excellence.”

The reorganisation will be rolled out gradually during the course of 2014. All parts of the new division will be rebranded as Airbus Defence and Space over the coming months.

  • Astrium Services and Inmarsat sign a strategic distribution partnership agreement for the game-changing Global Xpress service
  • Astrium Services to provide a global distribution channel for Global Xpress, delivering high-speed broadband to partners and customers 
  • Global Xpress is the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband service delivered via a Ka-band satellite network. The first Global Xpress  Satellite was successfully launched on 8 December 2013 and Global Xpress is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by end of 2014

London, England | December 19, 2013–Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services and Astrium, the world’s second largest space company have reached a strategic distribution partnership agreement which will see Global Xpress services made available to Astrium Services’ large partner and customer base.

Astrium Services will deliver Global Xpress high-speed broadband services through its worldwide distribution channels. The strategic agreement will cover key vertical markets, including the maritime, as well as the government and defence sector, initially in Europe. In due course the Astrium Services Global Xpress offering will encompass all service types – packaged services, bandwidth capacity, as well as commercial and military Ka-band.

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network will provide a seamless worldwide broadband service. The first Global Xpress satellite was successfully launched on 8 December 2013 and the company is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014. Astrium Services’ customers will benefit not only from the world’s first globally available mobile broadband network, but also from a comprehensive range of global connectivity services designed for commercial and government markets.

“This agreement is the natural continuity of a long-standing partnership between Astrium Services and Inmarsat,” Evert Dudok, CEO of Astrium Services said. “Astrium Services has been Inmarsat’s number one distribution partner since we acquired Vizada in December 2011. We are eager to continue this strong relationship by bringing the benefits of Global Xpress to our customers using our satcom expertise.”

By adding Global Xpress to its portfolio, Astrium Services will also enable its partners and customers to further enhance their business capabilities and growth.

Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat said: “We are delighted that Astrium has committed to continue its long and valued partnership with Inmarsat into the Global Xpress era. Global Xpress is going to change the game in mobile satellite connectivity and we are delighted that Astrium Services is joining us in bringing the benefits of the world’s first high speed global broadband service to its impressive portfolio of customers.  Astrium serves an unparalleled range of market segments and, together with their powerful network of service providers, will help make Global Xpress the preferred choice for end-users in those segments, extending and deepening our global business partnership.”

Astrium Services meets specific customer requirements for every sector by combining a complete range of satellite connectivity services with the largest range of innovative solutions. In the maritime industry, Astrium Services covers transportation, leisure and fishing, cruise and ferry, as well as offshore. In the enterprise sector, Astrium Services provides high quality telecom services to land-based customers including oil and gas, mining, large-scale events, non-governmental organisations and large corporate entities worldwide. In the government sector, Astrium Services is the world’s primary private sector military satcom service supplier. Some of the most modern armed forces in the world figure among Astrium Services customers, including UK, France, Germany, USA, and NATO.

  • New coverage supports continued demand for bandwidth in offshore and maritime transport sectors

Paris, France | October 25, 2013–

Astrium Services, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled telecom solutions, is expanding its VSAT coverage with 100MHz of Ku-band capacity on the Intelsat 907 satellite, to serve customers on the North Sea and across European waterways.

As previously announced by Intelsat, the coverage agreement will enable Astrium to address significant demand from the company’s core maritime transport and customized Ku-band VSAT segments, including customers in the North Sea oil & gas sector, where an increasing number of specialised vessels are pushing the boundaries of maritime VSAT usage. In 2013, Astrium Services’ direct sales channel Marlink provisioned services aboard vessels in the North Sea with high capacity requirements, in some cases up to 12 Mbps, from ship to shore.

“It’s vital that we continue to provide Ku-band broadband services backed by superior customer support to our North Sea and European partners,” comments Tore Morten Olsen, head of maritime for Astrium Services. “With usage patterns changing and the demand for bandwidth rising, our Ku-band capacity ensures we are well positioned to provide the high level of reliable connectivity that the maritime market requires today and in the future.” 

“Intelsat continues to work closely with Astrium Services to provide capacity and throughput for leading maritime customers, enabling the company’s use of sophisticated tools and processes to support safe and efficient offshore operations,” says Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat SVP of global sales. “Our infrastructure investments, including the completion of our global broadband mobility network, position us to support our customers’ unique requirements, today and well into the future.”


Paris, Oslo and Luxembourg | February 6, 2013– Astrium Services, the global innovative provider of satellite communications-enabled solutions, and Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, have signed a multi-year renewal agreement for C-band capacity to be used by Astrium Services’ maritime customers in the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

The agreement will enable the new Business Communications unit of Astrium Services to continue meeting the high bandwidth requirements of C-band customized VSAT users, and supports broadband and expanded capabilities in the cruise, ferry and offshore sectors. Astrium Services will use C-band capacity on Intelsat 907 at 332.5° East to provide fast, reliable data connectivity and voice communication for passengers and operational purposes.

Maritime customers with high bandwidth requirements will be able to continue integrating new services aboard vessels, and take advantage of technology designed to support efficient operations. Likewise, the capacity will improve passenger communication, ensuring that multiple simultaneous users can access the Internet, providing a competitive advantage to cruise and ferry operators through the ability to offer vessel-wide Wi-Fi and high levels of connectivity, regardless of location.

“With Ku-band VSAT showing considerable growth over the last few years, it’s important to recognize the strong need for C-band connectivity in the specialist sectors that Astrium Services is committed to satisfying,” said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime Services at Astrium Services. “Cruise ships and ferries require significant bandwidth to support passenger welfare and business applications, whilst offshore vessels and platforms need high levels of connectivity for critical operations and production optimization. Securing improved C-band capacity on Intelsat 907 supports our customized VSAT users in enhancing operations and offering improved connectivity services for business, crew and passengers, even in the most challenging of environments.”

“Astrium Services has clearly established itself as a leader in delivering reliable and advanced communications services to maritime customers around the globe,” said Intelsat RVP of Europe and Middle East Sales Jean-Philippe Gillet. “With the need for VSAT connectivity growing among the important maritime segment, Astrium Services can rely on Intelsat’s industry-leading satellite fleet to meet the demanding requirements of its customers.”

Luxembourg and Paris | September 6, 2012– 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.