Astrium Services to Supply PASSEREL Communications Services to France’s Troops
Astrium Services to Supply PASSEREL Communications Services
to France’s Troops
Wednesday 20 February 2008 -- (Astrium)
- Astrium Services has been selected by France’s "Economat des Armées" (French MoD's Joint Logistics and Supply Agency) to deliver PASSEREL end-to-end
communications services to France’s troops deployed overseas, primarily in the
Balkans, Africa, and Middle-East.
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The comprehensive PASSEREL contract includes providing voice and internet
services for more than 10,000 service personnel stationed around the world.
PASSEREL services enable troops to stay in touch with family and friends by
telephone, email and via the Internet.
As well as providing fixed telephone points in “call shops” and Internet cafés,
PASSEREL services will also provide an innovative wireless network for
individual telephone and laptop users. The wireless service will cover
recreational areas including canteens and sleeping quarters, barracks of
national and multinational compounds allowing troops to make and receive calls,
surf the web and email, with unequalled flexibility, comfort and mobility.
The service will enable French and co-located troops from other nations to make
wireless telephone calls to each other on the base free of charge, as well as
telephoning and receiving calls from friends and family back in France and
around the world. Wireless telephones, available for troops to buy as part of
the service offered by Astrium Services, will be able to receive calls - meaning
that friends and family can direct-dial service personnel on camps at any time.
Prepaid phonecard PASSEREL
Troops will be able to buy various types of prepaid cards for phone time or web-browsing
from Economat des Armées outlets or from the secure PASSEREL Intranet for
account management or top-ups, to get access to services provided by Astrium
All telephone and internet services are secure and are switched around the world
using satellite communications provided by Astrium Services to meet the
expectations of both individuals and the military establishment.
Eric Béranger, CEO of Astrium Services, said: "This new generation of individual
services is a major improvement for the military in operations worldwide. These
services are an important part of our end-to-end PASSEREL services portfolio,
which are truly flexible and tailored to meet different national requirements."
The PASSEREL contract awarded to Astrium Services for four years for the
provision of private communications services to the Economat des Armées as
needed around the world, benefits from the experience gained with the UK Welfare
services contract provided by Paradigm. Part of Astrium Services, Paradigm has
been responsible for the provision of WelComE (Welfare Communications Everywhere)
services to the UK Armed Forces since September 1999, and has provided over a
million hours of welfare telephone calls, since Op Telic began.
Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and
defence space systems and services. In 2006, Astrium had a turnover of €3.2
billion and 12,000 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 its wholly owned subsidiary Astrium Services
for the development and delivery of satellite 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.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006,
EADS generated revenues of €39.4 billion and employed a workforce of more than
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