Astrium partners with SFR to launch the “Valise satellitaire” ("satellite suitcase")

Paris/Le Bourget19 June 2013

  • Astrium has signed a partnership contract with SFR, France’s second-largest telecoms operator, for the marketing of the “Valise satellitaire” service (“satellite suitcase”) in France
  • Presented at the Paris Air Show, the “satellite suitcase” enables a GSM network extension to be created anywhere within a few minutes, using satellite communications.
  • Thanks to the “satellite suitcase”, users (security forces, senior government officials, celebrities etc) will be able to make and receive calls and exchange data on their own existing phone even in the event of network saturation, network failure or the absence of traditional mobile networks

Astrium, Europe’s leading space technology company, and SFR, France’s second-largest telecoms operator, have signed a partnership for the launch of the ”Valise satellitaire” (“satellite suitcase”) service in France. The contract was signed at the 50th International Paris Air Show by Astrium Services CEO Evert Dudok and SFR Business Team Executive Director Pierre Barnabé.

Presented at the Paris Air Show, the “satellite suitcase” entirely developed by Astrium Services and SFR, enables users with an SFR Business Team line who need to stay connected at all times to do so without being dependent on traditional operators and without having to change their phone or number, and also retaining their contacts, settings etc. 

Versatile and easy to set up, the “satellite suitcase” service enables an extension of the GSM network to be established in just a few minutes anywhere in France. The “satellite suitcase” is particularly suited for senior officials, celebrities, or security forces wanting to communicate at all times, even in the event of no GSM network coverage or network saturation - particularly in case of major events (demonstrations, sporting events) or crises (natural disasters, terrorist attack etc).

The “satellite suitcase” is connected to ground networks via satellite and is therefore totally independent from the telecommunications networks in the zone where it is deployed. This continued availability, is the best guarantee for users that they can communicate with the outside world at all times. The service is flexible and can be a zone covering anything from 200 meters to several kilometres and allows up to 1000 users. .

Astrium Services CEO Evert Dudok said during the signing: “Thanks to this partnership with SFR, public and private decision-makers and users operating in critical situations can use their SFR mobile phones even in the absence of a traditional GSM network. ‘We are sorry. Your call cannot be completed as dialled’ - never again will the “satellite suitcase” users have to hear that annoying message when trying to make an urgent call. 

Since its creation in 2003, Astrium Services has been a major satellite telecommunications player for governments and armed forces. The experience acquired by its teams in projects such as Connect-D (a dedicated Astrium-operated mobile network that guarantees German troops stationed in Afghanistan secure coverage when calling their family and friends) enables them to innovate and offer effective solutions to their many customers around the world.

You can try out the ”satellite suitcase” service at the Astrium Services tent (static exhibitions area, opposite the EADS Pavilion) at the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. 

To find out more about Astrium Services’ civil and military communications systems visit www.astriumservices.com

About Astrium 

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Astrium had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.

Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Astrium Satellites, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Astrium Services, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

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