Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:28

Speedcast, Airbus team up on satellite ground station

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Australian global satellite communications service provider SpeedCast and defence group Airbus Defence and Space have partnered to complete the building of an Australian-based ground anchor station for the Skynet 5A satellite covering the Asia Pacific region.

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.

“Coupled with SpeedCast’s cutting-edge Teleport infrastructure, certified and dedicated staff, and the set of core values that underpins our commitment to satisfying our customers’ unique connectivity needs, the new anchor facility for Skynet communications in Adelaide brings a new dimension in secure tactical satcoms services.”

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”.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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