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Inauguration of Astrium Services’ New Teleport in Toulouse

Inauguration of Astrium Services’ New Teleport in Toulouse

Toulouse, 20 February 2008 -- (Astrium) Astrium Services has opened its new teleport in Toulouse, thereby adding a satellite infrastructure network in France to the existing networks the company already has in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Photo © EADS Astrium.

Photo © EADS Astrium

With the new teleport, Astrium Services can now offer its government and commercial customers an increased satellite communications capability, particularly for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephony services, Internet access, company intranet and networks, and secured VPN (virtual private networks). The services are intended for customers who need to communicate between their European head offices and their dispersed locations all over the world. The teleport offers a specific solution to any customer’s particular need.

Astrium Services has set up a dedicated unit in Toulouse to develop and market teleport services and associated networks solutions. In particular, the company is responsible for setting up and implementing the technical offer: adapting the services offered by the teleport to specific customer requirements, designing and installing remote station networks at the sites concerned, and operations, maintenance and customer support.

The first customer is the Economat des Armées (the French equivalent of the NAAFI in the UK) of the French Ministry of Defence, which chose Astrium Services to provide the PASSEREL™ telecommunications services for the personal needs of troops involved in external operations.

Based on the iDirect hub technology, which optimises the satellite resource, and thus allows a competitive service cost, the Toulouse teleport has three large Earth stations currently operational: two in C band and one in Ku-band. Its favourable geographic location serves a very wide area from Asia to the Americas, and several satellites can be used according to the geographical requirements of the customers’ networks. The teleport has the latest IP technology, provides billing systems and secure transmissions, and is interconnected with the public switched telephone networks (PSTN) and Internet backbone. The teleport is operated by the London Satellite Exchange Ltd, a subsidiary of Astrium Services, which has set up a dedicated 24/7 unit at its centre in Toulouse. This company also provides the customer support.

For Eric Béranger, the CEO of Astrium Services, “the decision to invest in and build a teleport in Toulouse shows our determination to innovate and respond to our customers’ needs. With the services offered by the teleport, we can now add another dimension to our already extensive range of services. We are proud to have built the first teleport in Toulouse, and to have contributed to the creation of jobs and of satellite communication service activities in the town.”

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 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, and Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and its wholly owned subsidiary Astrium Services for the development and delivery of satellite services.

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 116, 000.

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Media Contacts:

Rémi Roland (Astrium FR) Tel: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 37
Jeremy Close (Astrium UK) Tel: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872
Mathias Pikelj (Astrium GER) Tel: +49 (0) 7545 8 91 23
Francisco Lechon Astrium (ESP) Tel: +34 (0) 91 586 37 41

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).