London, Nov 7, 2016 – Speedcast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced that it has finalized a multi-million US dollar, six-year service agreement with one of the world’s largest defense contractors, Airbus Defence and Space. Under this service agreement, Speedcast will provide a full-range of onsite support, maintenance services and training, and be responsible for managing security and infrastructure of the Skynet East anchor station, located at Speedcast’s teleport facility at Mawson Lakes, Adelaide, Australia. This agreement follows the partnership arrangement signed with Airbus Defence and Space and announced on 18th August 2016, to design, build and provide onsite management for the Skynet East anchor station.

Pierre-Jean Beylier, Speedcast’s CEO said, “This service agreement with Airbus Defence and Space is testament to the depth of our experience and capability in ground station and teleport operations. Applying our decades of experience in teleport operations, our engineering teams provide 24/7 onsite management services to ensure government users can enjoy uninterrupted secure communications in the harshest and the most remote locations.”

“This latest service agreement builds on our growing relationship with Airbus, supporting its infrastructure and network operations, and enabling the delivery of protected and secure communications to strategic government customers into the Asia-Pacific region. This reflects Speedcast’s growing portfolio of specialized government services, a source of future growth for the Group, and follows on our Channel Partner Agreement with Airbus on Skynet East secure X-band and UHF-band network services in the Australia and New Zealand region”, Beylier added.