SES and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a deal to deliver managed satcom services to corporate customers operating in the mining sector in Africa and worldwide.

Airbus Defence and Space will integrate SES’ satellite technology and its satcom developments as a platform for new Terralink services, which are planned to be launched later in the year.

The services are expected to further bolster the Airbus and Space connectivity portfolio of satcom-enabled communication solutions to meet the growing connectivity needs of customers in the mining sector.

Under the terms of the agreement, Airbus and Space will secure full coverage and flexibility on the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services across the African continent by using additional capacity on the SES-5 satellite, and the SES teleport in Luxembourg combined with its own teleport in Aussaguel, France.

"Our partnership with SES supports our provisioning of connectivity services to mining, energy and humanitarian customers."

Further, the agreement encompasses the possibility to expand Ku-band capacity on the ASTRA 2G, ASTRA 4A and NSS-12 satellites of SES.

Under the deal, the companies will also offer satellite communication services to customers in the energy and humanitarian sectors.

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Airbus Defence and Space Intelligence and Security head of communications Evert Dudok said: "Our partnership with SES supports our provisioning of connectivity services to mining, energy and humanitarian customers who rely on high bandwidth data and high-quality voice to operate effectively in Africa.

"We are enabling greater collaboration through applications like video conferencing, improved welfare through personal communication and better operational efficiency through, for instance, machine to machine communication and inter-site corporate networks."

SES chief commercial officer Ferdinand Kayser said: "This new agreement illustrates our long-term partnership with Airbus and reaffirms SES’s ability to provide world-class services."

The satcom services provided by Airbus and Space keep business-critical connections running to enable corporate networks and broadband connectivity for a range of customers.