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Air­bus steps off the sat­bus

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Air­bus De­fence and Space is di­vest­ing non- core business seg­ments ~ in­clud­ing com­mer­cial sat­coms ~ to strengthen space based ac­tiv­i­ties ( launch­ers and satel­lites), mil­i­tary air­craft, mis­siles and re­lated sys­tems and ser­vices.

This leaves com­mer­cial and para- pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tion business ( in­clud­ing pro­fes­sional mo­bile ra­dio and com­mer­cial satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices ac­tiv­i­ties) out­side of its port­fo­lio ~ as they no longer fit the company’s strate­gic goals. It also in­tends to sell some of its sub­sidiaries and par­tic­i­pa­tions, in­clud­ing Fairchild Con­trols, Ro­s­tock Sys­temTech­nik, AvDef, ESG, and At­las Elek­tronik.

“Given the tight bud­getary sit­u­a­tion in our home coun­tries, and in­creas­ing com­pe­ti­tion on global mar­kets, the port­fo­lio re­view is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment to fur­ther de­velop our de­fence and space business and to en­sure its com­pet­i­tive­ness,” said Bern­hard Ger­w­ert, CEO of Air­bus De­fence and Space.

Else­where, Sig­nal­horn re­cently re­ceived cap­i­tal from Euro­pean pri­vate eq­uity firm Metric Cap­i­tal Part­ners ( MCP) to fur­ther global ex­pan­sion. Robert Kub­ber­nus, CEO at Sig­nal­horn, said that the in­vest­ment puts the company in a strong po­si­tion to cap­i­talise on the changes in the telecomms and satel­lite in­dus­try.

The company pro­vides se­cure, cus­tomised com­mu­ni­ca­tions us­ing satel­lite, ter­res­trial, and wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity from its tech­ni­cal cen­tres in Back­nang, Ger­many and Leuk, Switzer­land. Its cus­tomers in­clude gov­ern­ment agen­cies, en­ergy firms, re­tail and bank­ing net­works, as well as other pri­vate en­ter­prises world­wide.

In Au­gust, Sig­nal­horn also re­ceived an ex­tended con­tract to support re­mote drilling sites in Oman. KCA Deu­tag, one of the world’s lead­ing drilling and en­gi­neer­ing con­trac­tors, will use Sig­nal­horn tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide and main­tain satel­lite and ter­res­trial a net­work in the Sul­tanate of Oman. In the mean­time, Sig­nal­horn will con­tinue to pro­vide seven KCA Deu­tag land rigs in the re­gion with hy­brid com­mu­ni­ca­tions plat­forms, meet­ing the high- band­width de­mands of mod­ern drilling ap­pli­ca­tions. It will also cater for three new rigs, and a ware­house fa­cil­ity in the Khaz­zan gas field.

And those mov­ing along the coast­line of Oman should feel safer now thanks to a new mar­itime com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work. It has been re­ported that 35% of all seaborne traded oil, and 20% of all oil traded world­wide, passes by the Strait of Hor­muz ~ a geopo­lit­i­cal hotspot.

To help se­cure the area, the Sul­tanate of Oman is build­ing a land­mark net­work that will in­tro­duce in­ten­sive ID, freight, and itin­er­ary in­for­ma­tion mon­i­tor­ing on all ships in its wa­ters. Through a lo­cal part­ner AlMadakhel In­vest­ment LLC, Qnec­tive Mid­dle East has been tasked with the de­sign, con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of the new mar­itime com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work; and part­ner company Fre­quen­tis, will be re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­ment­ing the tech­ni­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

Built upon the GMDSS Stan­dard ( Global Mar­itime Dis­tress and Safety Sys­tem), lo­cal au­thor­i­ties will ob­tain ad­di­tional im­por­tant data re­gard­ing the iden­tity, the freight and itin­er­ary of all the ves­sels in the wa­ters sur­round­ing Oman. The GMDSS Stan­dard is a world­wide dis­tress and mar­itime ra­dio safety sys­tem that de­liv­ers ad­di­tional safety mea­sures and en­sures they will re­ceive help quickly in the event of emer­gency. To­gether with the con­stant im­port/ ex­port traf­fic, roughly 15,000 ac­tive fish­ing boats pass­ing through the Strait of Hor­muz will also ben­e­fit.

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