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France Télévisions selects Airbus Defence and Space for its satellite news service

• Airbus Defence and Space Services will provide its new KA-News service to France Télévisions, the leading French broadcasting group

• KA-News is a solution developed and delivered by Airbus Defence and Space Services enabling transmission of live HD video and data, and high speed internet access using Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite

• KA-News offers all the benefits of Ka-band - unrivalled superfast uplink and downlink speeds, small mobile antennas, light terminals…

13 September, 2013 - Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space technology company, has signed a contract with France Télévisions, the leading French broadcasting group, for its KA-News service. The new KA-News service will enable France Télévisions teams to transmit high-speed data and broadcast live HD via Ka-band terminals with automatic deployment antennas, even in the most remote locations, without having to worry about the technical aspects of the connection.

Using Eutelsat's KA-SAT satellite, the KA-News service, developed in-house by Airbus Defence and Space, revolutionises journalists' ‘user experience’. With small satellite antennas on-board light vehicles, the easy to use KA-News Service therefore provides journalists with greater independence.

Much more compact than traditional antennas (only 77 cm in diameter compared to 1.5m on average), the Drive Away antenna chosen by France Télévisions is a 360° self-pointing motorised antenna, ready for use in just a few minutes. The antenna enables journalists to connect extremely quickly - saving the time it would normally take for a satellite operator to prepare for operation (‘line-up’). This unique automatic connection system means the connection is available almost immediately.

"The KA-News Service meets the needs of reporters and television channels: no matter where they are in Europe and around the Mediterranean, France Télévisions journalists are now able to transmit high-speed data and broadcast live HD video, even in the most remote locations, without having to worry about the technical aspects of the connection. And the television channels will be able to reduce their equipment and running costs," said Danny Côté, head of Enterprise Communication for Airbus Defence and Space.

The small size of the antenna does not affect the performance of KA-News communications services which is exceptional, thanks to the very high speeds provided by the KA-SAT satellite (up to 10 Mbps in reception and transmission). Users also have an optimal bidirectional access, enhanced by the opportunity to benefit from on-demand dedicated bandwidth. “The online availability reservation system is another KA-News service innovation. In just a few clicks, the journalist can book a time slot of 15 minutes minimum, during which time they are guaranteed dedicated availability and therefore optimum quality high-speed broadcasting of video reports," adds Danny Côté.


Following a successful six month trial period on several France Télévisions vehicles, the collaboration now extends to over nine France Télévisions vehicles for a period of three years.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second 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

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