Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space renews its partnership with Télécoms Sans Frontières

Airbus Defence and Space Services has renewed its partnership with Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), a leading NGO specialized in the deployment of emergency telecommunications

TSF provides people in distress and first responders with means of communication where terrestrial communications fails

Airbus Defence and Space Services provides full range of voice and instant broadband data services as part of a 14 year partnership with TSF

Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space technology company, has just renewed a partnership contract with Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), pledging to continue satellite communications support for their many disaster and emergency relief missions across the world. Prior to being integrated within Airbus Defence and Space, Vizada provided communication services to TSF for the past 14 years.

TSF is a leading NGO specialized in the deployment of emergency telecommunications. TSF provides people in distress and first responders with means of communication where terrestrial communications fails. Following conflicts or natural disasters, the local terrestrial networks are often destroyed or disrupted, and mobile networks are also often damaged. As a first responder on site, TSF supports local relief efforts and humanitarian organizations to organize and coordinate the help locally and has helped thousands of victims trace and reconnect with their families.

“Airbus Defence and Space provides the full set of satellite communications solutions to allow TSF to set up emergency telecoms centers in minutes, optimize emergency aid processes, and boost the efficiency of their humanitarian missions”, said Erik Ceuppens, Business Communications Executive Director at Airbus Defence and Space. “From equipment to airtime and value added services for mobile and fixed satellite communications, Airbus Defence and Space offers voice and broadband services to connect TSF with locations around the world, and delivers a wide variety of applications including voice, VoIP, data, and critical applications”.

This past year, in the tumultuous Sahel region of Africa, the satellite airtime and equipment provided by Airbus Defence and Space has helped more than 4,200 people from Timbuktu to contact loved ones, and has provided reliable internet and voice capabilities for the NGO to stay in contact with local authorities and their headquarters. In Mali, the 14 satellite lines of TSF enabled 550 connections for the beneficiaries, for whom it is often the first call they make for several months. As of February 2013, the mobile network has been restored but functions only partially.

In 2012 TSF also set up logistical telecom support to facilitate the repatriation of wounded civilians from conflict areas, and the supply of medicines to besieged towns in Syria. The onsite team ensured the distribution of communication means for several medical facilities and provided training to help medical staff.

“Without a reliable satellite connection, we would not be able to operate,” states Jean-François Cazenave, President of TSF. “Logistics for medical supplies and food, communications between relief workers and their headquarters, and enabling displaced people to contact their families are all part of our efforts to assist victims of a natural disaster or conflict. Airbus Defence and Space are critical to us: they help us to remain connected and form an integral part of our efforts in aiding affected populations and humanitarian organisations”.

Airbus Defence and Space’ offers communication solutions not only to TSF but to a wide network of global humanitarian organizations, enabling aid teams to co-ordinate a rapid and effective humanitarian response.



About Airbus Defence and Space

Together, pioneering excellence

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.


Press contacts

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872
Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32
Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER) Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971
Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP) Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41




Airbus Defence and Space