Airbus selects new Skynet 5 channel partner
Airbus Defence and Space has selected Planet Communications Asia Public (PlanetComm) as its newest channel partner for Skynet 5 military satellite communication services, the company announced on 24 May.
The company has also expanded its partnership with Hong Kong-based Speedcast, so that both Planet Communications and Speedcast will provide Skynet X-band and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) services as part of their satellite communications portfolios.
The partnership with Speedcast, which has been providing tactical secure communications services to the Australian and New Zealand governments since September 2016, has now been extended to cover customers in the Philippines. Speedcast also manages the Asia anchor station facility for the Skynet 5A military satellite based in Adelaide, Australia, on behalf of Airbus.
The newly signed partnership with PlanetComm covers Thailand.
In order to deliver highly resilient Skynet military satellite communication services, Airbus has been developing new partnerships with different service providers. Since the move of its Skynet 5A satellite from 6° East to 95° East in September 2015 to provide global X-band and UHF coverage, Airbus has signed ten channel partner agreements with companies in the Asia Pacific region and the US.
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