December 2, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario Calian is pleased to announce that its Systems Engineering Division (SED) has a new contract from Cobham SATCOM for the provision of Satellite Ground Systems. SED was chosen by Cobham SATCOM for the provision and installation of an RF Ground System as part of the European Aviation Network (EAN) launched by Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. The contract will start immediately and installation and commissioning of the RF system is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.
SED’s Satellite Ground Systems delivery will support Cobham SATCOM’s contract with Inmarsat, which covers design and production of an advanced Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) terminal for the EAN, in addition to responsibility for updating the Inmarsat BGAN ground infrastructure to accommodate S-band operation.
“This is an exciting win for us,” said Patrick Thera, President of Calian’s SED division, “We have an excellent world-wide reputation for our high quality satellite ground systems. This win further demonstrates our expertise in providing solutions for the complex requirements of higher frequency bands such as Ka-band which are used in high throughput satellite applications.”
The EAN, which was unveiled in September, is the first aviation passenger connectivity solution in Europe to combine an advanced satellite network, operated by Inmarsat, and LTE-based ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom. As a result, commercial and business airlines will be able to offer reliable, high-speed internet access to passengers during flights across the continent’s high-traffic flight paths, utilising Inmarsat’s 30MHz (2 x 15MHz) S-band spectrum allocation in all 28 EU member states.
“Cobham SATCOM is pleased to have Calian onboard,” said Casper Jensen, VP Business Development, Cobham SATCOM. “Their work will support our delivery to Inmarsat, which will help to improve aviation passenger connectivity in Europe, through establishment of the EAN.”
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
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About Cobham SATCOM
Providing dependable communications and internet access anywhere under the most demanding conditions. Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the air. We design and manufacture these high performance products under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing customers with outstanding performance, value and support through our global sales and service network.
The most important thing we build is trust. Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
Calian employs over 2,300 people with offices and projects that span Canada, U.S. and international markets. The company’s capabilities are diverse and include the provision of business and technology services to industry and government in the health, training, engineering and IT services domains as well as the design, manufacturing and maintenance of complex systems to the communications and defence sectors. Calian’s services are delivered through two divisions. The Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division is located in Ottawa. This division delivers outsourcing services for a variety of technical and professional functions and provides health services to numerous domestic customers. Our strength lies in understanding clients’ needs, recruiting highly qualified personnel who understand and meet those needs, and then effectively managing those personnel within our customers’ framework. Calian’s Systems Engineering Division (SED) located in Saskatoon plans, designs and implements complex communicati on systems for many of the world’s space agencies and leading satellite manufacturers and operators. SED also provides contract manufacturing services for both private sector and military customers in North America.
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