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Astrium extends VSAT coverage

Astrium has completed an extension of its worldwide VSAT satellite communications services, which it says will offer more bandwidth over smaller antennas.

The company claims that the addition of further service in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans will allow it to provide the most extensive global VSAT coverage available in the market.

This extension will apply to the Astrium Services brands of Sealink, Wavecall (via Marlink) and the former Vizada brand Pharostar.

These VSAT services are based on iDirect technology and use terminals ranging from 60cm to 2.4m in size. Data throughput speeds have increased to up to 3 Mbps for standardised VSAT services, and up to 10 Mbps for customised, tailored solutions via Sealink.

Geographical coverage extensions are now completed over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the company plans to further expand over the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean by year end.

Customers currently using Astrium’s VSAT services will automatically receive coverage in the new areas.

“We are pleased to announce that with the extended, near global coverage, Astrium Services now provides the most extensive Ku-band satellite coverage in the market,” said Tore Morten Olsen, head of maritime within Astrium's Business Communications division.

“By providing the maximum coverage, we are allowing customers to limit their usage of alternative, more costly communications when they are out of VSAT coverage area.”

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