Pioneering the satcoms and geo-intelligence industry for decades

Creations and Acquisitions
Highlights
2014
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Airbus Defence and Space created

Airbus Defence and Space was formed from the former EADS divisions Airbus Military, Astrium, and Cassidian.This division of Airbus Group is responsible for defence and aerospace products and services.

2012
Astrium logo with satellite dish on background

Astrium Services unites the power of

Paradigm, Milsat Services, Vizada, Vizada Networks, TDCOM and London Satellite Exchange.

2011
2008
London Satellite Exchange logo

London Satellite Exchange purchased

2007
Vizada logo

Creation of Vizada

Vizada is created through merger of FTMSC and Telenor Satellite Services following buyout by Apax Partners

2006
2003
Astrium logo

Creation of Astrium Services

2002
Marlink logo

Telenor Satellite Services acquires Comsat Mobile Communications (USA) and Sait Communications to create Marlink, a leading Maritime Communications service provider.

2000
Satellite dish and workers

France Telecom

France Telecom acquired DeTeSat (Germany), Glocall (Netherlands), and TDcom (France). Combined mobile satellite business named France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications (FTMSC).

1999
WelcomE logo printed on blue structure

Creation of UK WelComE

Creation of UK WelCome service, providing voice and internet welfare services to deployed troops overseas.

1997
Portable satellite dish

Taide Network

Creation of Taide Network with Land VSAT services operations in Europe.

1991
Inmarsat logo.jpg

The France Telecom group is the fifth largest shareholder in Inmarsat,

the international maritime satellite provider.

1979
Imso logo

Creation of the IMSO

Creation of the International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat) under the hospices of United Nations and IMO, with contribution of France, Norway and the US as founding members.

There have also been many important solutions launches over the years, plus some important projects and programmes.
2015
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Number One Maritime Service Provider

According to the NSR Maritime Satcom Markets Report, we have a 25% market share based on VSAT and MSS revenue which position the company as number 1 in the maritime satellite communications industry.

2014
XChange-system

Shipment of 1000th XChange system

Shipment of 1000th XChange system, providing sophisticated communications management to shipping fleets.

2013

COMCEPT

First ultra-fast military broadband satcom network in Europe in Ka-band, COMCEPT, awarded by French MoD.

2012
skynet 5D satellite

Skynet 5D and EDRS

Launch of Skynet 5D, military communications satellite operated by Paradigm Secure Communications on behalf of the British Ministry of Defence. European Data Relay (EDRS) signed with ESA.

2011
Pharostar by Vizada

Pharostar maritime VSAT

Vizada launches its Pharostar proprietary VSAT fixed satellite communications service and one of the first package in the industry combining Ku- VSAT with L-band back up.

2010

KASANOVA

KASANOVA (German Ka-band service) is launched.

2009

Skynet 5D contract was agreed

and existing contract with UK MoD extended until 2022.

2008

First contract for Paradigm with the US government

(X-band contract to DISA).

2007
Skynet 5d satellite in orbit

Skynet 5A satellite launched.

2005
MilSat logo

Award of Satcom BW2 in Germany and ASTEL-S contract with the French MoD.

2002
iridium logo

Official distributor of Iridium services.

2001
thuraya logo

Official distributor of Thuraya services.

iridium logo

Launch of SkyFile® Mail

Our first and most well-known value-added services to optimize satellite connectivity.

2000
1979
IMSO logo
inmarsat logo

Creation of the IMSO (Inmarsat)

Creation of the International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat), with contribution of France, Norway and the US as founding members. Subsequently, France Telecom continues to operate as one of the first Inmarsat mobile satellite communication providers

1976
Eik Land Earth Station facilities at night

Eik Land Earth Station

Eik teleport ( Norway) was established to provide communications to oil platforms in the North Sea

70's

Originally part of Norwegian operator Telenor, we became the first to use satellites for domestic use.

40's

Operating a network of radio communications in Europe for maritime communications.

Over the years we have grown to become an internationally renowned organisation through the creation of companies and acquisitions.
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