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Astrium Services extends Ku-band VSAT coverage

Astrium Services has signed two new separate Ku-band capacity agreements with Eutelsat and SES, which it says will improve its performance in Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Enhanced capacity on Eutelsat’s E36B will provide more bandwidth for its customers operating in the Mediterranean and Middle East, and in the area North of Norway and Russia (Barents Sea).

In addition, new Ku-band capacity on SES’ AMC-21 satellite will offer more comprehensive coverage over the United States, enabling its clients operating in the oil & gas and inland marine sectors to have better connectivity.

The move from AMC-9 to AMC-21 provides enhanced signal and coverage over the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and part of the North Atlantic Ocean, so customers will see improved performance and availability of their satellite services there.

“Astrium Services continues to offer the most extensive global VSAT coverage available across all bands,” said Tore Morten Olsen, head of Maritime, Astrium Services.

“Our customer base is global, so it’s important for us to meet the bandwidth and service availability demands of vessels regardless of where they are operating. These latest coverage extensions strengthen our ability to provide services in mainstream maritime regions, meeting the current demand for globally available data usage and service quality but also with extensive capacity to ensure we can meet future bandwidth requirements from the maritime and offshore sectors.”

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