Vizada and Marlink to power marine satcom in Astrium Services

by Staff Reporter | September 15th, 2012 | 1 Comment

Tore Morten Olsen, CEO, Marlink

The newly established Astrium Services Business Communications will consist of Vizada and its affiliate Marlink, following their acquisition by Astrium in December 2011. Astrium Services Business Communications entity will host all commercial satcom activities of Astrium Services, serving three main markets: Maritime, Enterprises and Aero.

Vizada CEO, Erik Ceuppens will head-up Astrium Services Business Communications, with responsibility for all activities across the maritime, land and aeronautical markets. Tore Morten Olsen of Marlink will manage the maritime division of the Astrium Services Business Communications entity.

Astrium Services is the ‘satellite services’ unit of Astrium, comprised of four business divisions: Business Communications, Government Communications, Satcom Systems & Solutions, and GEO-Information Services. The Vizada Group, including its affiliates such as Marlink, Vizada Networks, TDcom etc., joins Astrium Services to form a provider in managed satellite services.

In the maritime market, the company will continue providing services in the same structure as today: indirect through the existing, service provider channel whereas Marlink will remain an independent commercial organisation focusing on maritime end customers. This distribution strategy reportedly ensures that partners and customers in the maritime transport, offshore, oil and gas and passenger/cruise vessel sectors benefit from the multi-technology service portfolio, combining the range of satellite connectivity services in L, C, Ku and Ka-band.

As a consequent step, the Vizada Group will rebrand into Astrium over the next months from October 2012. The Marlink brand will remain unchanged.

Vizada CEO, Erik Ceuppens will head-up Astrium Services Business Communications, with responsibility for all activities across the maritime, land and aeronautical markets. Tore Morten Olsen will manage the maritime division of the Astrium Services Business Communications entity.

“The integration into Astrium Services is well underway, and we are already seeing a number of positive effects for our service provider channel and customers. We are committed to expanding our maritime services portfolio and are already better positioned to meet our customers’ evolving needs, while as a new entity of Astrium Services, continuing our dedication to our well-founded channel and customers,” says Erik Ceuppens.

Tore Morten Olsen adds: “It is business as usual for Vizada service providers and Marlink customers, all of whom can expect the same high levels of service going forward, capitalizing from added stability, increased engineering capabilities and combined expertise. We are committed to maintaining the best choice to the maritime industry and will continue innovating maritime satcoms.”

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