Airbus steps off the satbus
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.