Intelsat General Corp., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Intelsat Ltd., has been selected as the first preferred distributor in the United States of X-band and UHF communications services on satellites operated by Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astrium, part of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) UK-based Paradigm was established specifically to provide satellite communication services to the UK Ministry of Defence and its allied military forces around the world. Paradigm operates the Skynet 4 and 5 fleet of satellites that provide X-band, UHF and other services to military users.
Intelsat General previously announced agreements to partner with Paradigm in providing a range of UHF and X-band services to the U.S. military and other U.S. government users. This preferred distribution agreement has grown out of that previous success. “This agreement provides an even wider framework for Intelsat General to offer a range of vital tactical communications capacity to the U.S. military around the globe,” said Kay Sears, President of Intelsat General. “We are gratified to find a strong strategic partner in Paradigm to provide this capacity to our customers. Alliances of this nature are especially important as they offer bandwidth in expanded frequencies that complement the current Intelsat system.”
The designation of Intelsat General as a preferred distributor of Skynet satellite capacity gives the company broader authorization to market Paradigm’s products and services to a wide range of military and government satellite users.
“This is an important step for us,” said Eric Beranger, CEO of Astrium Services, parent company of Paradigm. “We are building on the already successful relationship with Intelsat General to deliver mission-critical services to the United States Department of Defense. This will enable us to meet the DoD needs for high-power, highly-secure capacity provided by the Skynet fleet and to leverage Intelsat General’s existing experience in this demanding environment.”
In 2008, Intelsat General signed a contract with DRS Technologies Inc. valued at up to $48 million to provide the U.S. military with X-band satellite capacity on Paradigm’s Skynet satellites. Intelsat General signed another contract later in the year to provide UHF services on the Skynet satellites to the U.S. Navy.
About Intelsat General Corp.
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD., Intelsat General Corporation provides leading-edge communications solutions to commercial, government, and military customers through fixed and mobile satellite systems and associated terrestrial communications services. Intelsat General incorporates flexible and robust ground and space infrastructure and technical expertise to deliver reliable, quickly deployable and secure network solutions anywhere around the globe. Intelsat General is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Intelsat, Ltd.
About Intelsat Ltd.
Intelsat Ltd. is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS) worldwide, delivering information and entertainment for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for advanced transmissions of video, data and voice services. With the globalization of content, broadband, telecom, HD and IPTV fueling next-generation growth, the ever-expanding universe of satellite communications is the cornerstone of today’s Intelsat. Real-time, advanced communications with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.
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About Paradigm Secure Communications
Paradigm is the world’s leading commercial provider of military-grade satellite communications. The company is the prime contractor for the Skynet 5 contract with the UK Ministry of Defence, signed in October 2003, valued at £3.6 billion. The program provides mobile voice, video, internet and broadcast communications for the UK armed forces, as well as a range of other Government departments and agencies. Paradigm owns, manages and operates the Skynet 5 satellite system, and is responsible for delivering the service, controlling the satellite fleet, managing the network and implementing all upgrades throughout its life.
About Astrium Services
Astrium Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium, offers a unique ‘one-stop shop’ in the satellite services market, with unrivalled capability and expertise in secure communications, Earth observation services and navigation services. The European provider of milsatcom services, including the pioneering Skynet 5 service, and a world-leading supplier of geo-information products and services, Astrium Services meets its customers’ requirements with innovative and highly competitive end-to-end solutions.
Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Astrium had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and Astrium Services for the development and delivery of satellite services. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.