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11 March 2014
11. March 2014 Defence and Space

Airbus Defense and Space launches AuroraGlobal, its new high throughput satcom services for maritime

Ground segment for satcom services

Ground segment for satcom services

The new all-in-one maritime VSAT offering doubles high-speed data and allowances, with unlimited L-band back up, without replacement of existing antenna.

Airbus Defense and Space unveiled its new standard of next generation maritime VSAT at Satellite 2014 in Washington DC, providing the most cost-effective and largest coverage high-speed broadband solutions to meet the increasing business and crew communications requirements of today’s shipping companies. This new VSAT offering is part of the new AuroraGlobal services, delivering unmatched high throughput satcoms via one global multi-band portfolio for government, maritime and enterprise markets.

Shipping companies can now double their VSAT speed with throughput at 2Mbps and 60GB data allowance per month, with unlimited L-band back up, to better accommodate their communication needs and budgets. They have the option to upgrade to future Ka- and Ku-band services without having to invest in new VSAT antenna systems for future High-Throughput Satellites (HTS). In line with its technology-agnostic approach, Airbus Defense and Space is a strategic distribution partner for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band services and has just signed an alliance agreement with Intelsat enhancing its Ku-band network and bridging customers to the EpicNG platform.

This new VSAT offering also includes the latest XChange solution that will allow for a seamless management of the switch between VSAT and MSS. Maritime decision makers and IT managers can remotely manage their ships’ IT and operational communications with simplified network administration on board and across fleets. The latest XChange solution also includes the unique BYOD (bring your own device) Wi-Fi solution, allowing shipping companies to provide crew with the most cost-effective voice and Internet services delivered to their own smartphones, laptops and tablets. This will make it possible for shipping companies to provide a truly affordable and easy-to- use Internet Café on board while maintaining full control of their communications budgets.

“Our state-of-the-art VSAT service offers the largest coverage and cost-effective high-speed broadband available today on the market,” said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime Satcom activities at Airbus Defense and Space. “Offering twice as much value for money, it allows maritime users to embrace more efficient IT applications in their daily operations, while also improving crew connectivity and keeping an eye on the cost of their communications.”

Airbus Defense and Space is responding to the continuing trend for increased demand for satcoms across all frequencies, and AuroraGlobal has been designed to meet these high throughput requirements, giving users flexibility and a comprehensive portfolio.

About Airbus Defense and Space

Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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