Eutelsat to provide satellite connectivity for Colombian defence networks
08 December 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe
The Colombian Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with Eutelsat Communications for capacity on the EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite.
The multi-transponder contract, the first between Eutelsat and the Colombian Ministry of Defence, follows the signature of a government-to-government agreement between France and Colombia, designed to encourage cooperation in the context of the France-Colombia Year.
“In the interests of improved organisation of the satellite communications networks operated by our defence forces the Colombian Ministry of Defence decided to seek a single contractor to meet its diverse needs,” said General José Javier Pérez Mejía, deputy minister of defence of Colombia.
“Of the countries we invited to contend, France, through Eutelsat, presented the best economic and technical proposal, leading us to select EUTELSAT 115 West B.”
The Colombian government will leverage EUTELSAT 115 West B’s exceptional power levels over the Andean Region to host Ministry of Defence networks across the country, used by the General Command of the Colombian Military Forces, the Army and the Air Force.
Michel Azibert, chief commercial and development officer at Eutelsat, added: “This first agreement with the Colombian Ministry of Defence reinforces our commitment to working hand in hand with governments across the globe to deliver efficient solutions matching connectivity and security needs. We’re delighted to enter into this new relationship in the context of the 2017 France-Colombia Year, and to strengthen relations between both countries.”
Eutelsat was in the news recently as it struck a multi-year video capacity agreement with Digiturk that will see the satellite firm provide multi-transponder services through its Eutelsat 7a satellite.
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