Astrium Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium, has opened a new teleport in Toulouse, thereby adding a satellite infrastructure network in France to the existing networks the company already has in the United Kingdom and Germany. With the new teleport, the company can now offer its government and commercial customers an increased satellite communications capability. The services are intended for customers who need to communicate between their European head offices and their dispersed locations all over the world. The teleport offers a specific solution to any customer’s particular need.

Astrium Services has set up a dedicated unit in Toulouse to develop and market teleport services and associated networks solutions. In particular, the company is responsible for setting up and implementing the technical offer: adapting the services offered by the teleport to specific customer requirements, designing and installing remote station networks at the sites concerned, and operations, maintenance and customer support.

Based on the iDirect hub technology, which optimises the satellite resource, and thus allows a competitive service cost, the Toulouse teleport has three large Earth stations currently operational: two in C-­band and one in Ku-band. Its favourable geographic location serves a very wide area from Asia to the Americas, and several satellites can be used according to the geographical requirements of the customers’ networks. It is operated by the London Satellite Exchange Ltd., a subsidiary of Astrium Services, which has set up a dedicated 24/7 unit at its centre in Toulouse.