Alcatel Alenia Space has entered into partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the European Space Agency (ESA) in the frame of the SpaceForScience programme. This is aimed at providing telecommunication and multimedia satellite services for education and research institutes in South Eastern Europe.

The programme facilitates the scientific and technical cooperation within various scientific communities in Europe and especially in Southern and Eastern Europe. Using satellite technology, scientific institution members of the programme are able to benefit from new services. The programme provides added value broadband services via a satellite applications platform provided and hosted by Alcatel Alenia Space in Cannes, France. The company is responsible for the deployment of the global network, from the applications platform to the user sites.

The company’s president and CEO, Pascale Sourisse, said, “Alcatel Alenia Space was eager to provide broadband satellite connectivity to the scientific community within the UNESCO initiative. This technology enables the provision of broadband access and added value applications to isolated institutions and enhances the cooperation in Europe. In a second step, this programme can be replicated and enlarged to benefit other countries in the world.”