Astrium Services and Intelsat S.A. 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 use technology designed to support operations. Likewise, the capacity will improve passenger communication, enabling multiple simultaneous users to access the Internet, providing cruise and ferry operators the ability to offer vessel-wide Wi-Fi and high levels of connectivity, regardless of location.
“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,” said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime Services at Astrium Services. “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.”