The Skynet 5A satellite provides extended coverage to the APAC region, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific regions.
The two companies worked together on the design of the ground station and will provide on-site management for the facility which is based in Adelaide. It was officially opened this week by the British high commissioner to Australia, Menna Rawlings CMG.
“SpeedCast is delighted to have been selected by Airbus Defence and Space. This important milestone embodies our commitment to supporting secure defence and government communications in the vital Asia-Pacific region,” said PJ Beylier, chief executive of SpeedCast.
Richard Franklin, head of secure communications at Airbus Defence and Space, said the Australian facility allows the company to offer its customers a “fully managed and anchored service across the globe to the harshest and remotest locations”.