Airbus Defence and Space

Paradigm to provide secure communications

Stevenage, 18 June 2009 - Paradigm Secure Communications, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space Services, has entered a service agreement with the Ministry of Defence, on behalf of the Cabinet Office. Paradigm will supply Cabinet Office crisis management facilities and key crisis management centres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a High Integrity Telecommunications System (HITS).

 The service has been developed to support Responders in fulfilling their obligations within the Civil Contingencies Act and significantly increases the Government’s preparedness to support regional / local government in the event of short / no notice disruptions to the national telecommunications infrastructure.

 

  • High Integrity Telecommunications across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Irelan
  • Resilient communications not reliant on the Public Switched Telephone Network

The service capitalises on the successful Skynet 5 satellite communications PFI programme and marks the start of a new phase for Paradigm under which it is able to offer enhanced services to civil government departments and agencies. Keith Norton, Managing Director Paradigm said: “Up until this year, Paradigm’s focus was entirely on rolling out the new Skynet infrastructure and delivering first class service to MoD as our foundation customer. Now that the infrastructure is bedded in, including three new state of the art satellites and an upgraded ground network, we are able to turn more attention to exploring ways of expanding the use of this unique asset in the national interest.”   

The HITS service comprises a satellite communications overlay, complemented by terrestrial links, and will provide a resilient communications capability that is not reliant on the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). To supplement flexibility the service includes a number of satellite communications terminals. The terminals are distributed across the country enabling them to be dispatched anywhere at very short notice by land or air.  The use of open standards allows interconnection of the HITS with other current and future UK Government IT systems.

The HITS service will be fully managed on behalf of the Cabinet Office from Paradigm’s 24/7 fully redundant operational headquarters in Wiltshire. Paradigm will support the regional sites from a number of Airbus Defence and Space and other partner operational centres across the UK to ensure a rapid response to any local problems with the infrastructure.

The service will begin operation with the first sites going live in Q4 2009, with all sites and transportable terminals fully operational by 2012.

Keith Norton, Managing Director Paradigm said: “This demonstrates how excellence in service delivery within an MOD/PFI contractual environment, can be exploited by other government departments to provide best in class service and value for money.”


Editors Notes

 Paradigm – delivering   satellite communications requirements

Paradigm has a contract worth £3.6bn with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the provision of military satellite communications services to 2020, following restructuring of the contract at the end of 2005, to launch a reserve satellite into orbit.  The programme, procured as a Private Finance Initiative (PFI), provides the next generation of UK milsatcom capability.  The Paradigm team includes Airbus Defence and Space, the system designer and provider.  For further information visit www.paradigmsecure.com

In addition to complete X-band packages, Paradigm is able to offer capacity, coverage augmentation, anchoring and back-haul services, as well as terminal leasing.

Under the terms of the PFI deal, Paradigm is able to offer services to other militaries and government organisations and has supplied milsatcom services to NATO, the Netherlands, Portugal, Canada, France, Germany and Australia.

Paradigm's WelComE services enables service personnel to make telephone calls and have access to the Internet from operational theatres worldwide, as part of the MoD funded welfare package.  Paradigm has provided over a million hours of welfare telephone calls and provides Internet and email services that are free for use to all UK service personnel deployed on operations overseas.

 

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, offers a unique ‘one-stop shop’ in the satellite services market, with unrivalled capability and expertise in secure communications, Earth observation services and navigation services. The European provider of milsatcom services, including the pioneering Skynet 5 service, and a world-leading supplier of geo-information products and services, Airbus Defence and Space meets its customers' requirements with innovative and highly competitive end-to-end solutions.

In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.

 

Contact for the media:

Emily Milsom

Paradigm

T: +44 (0)1438 282245

E: emily.milsom@paradigmservices.com

 

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.

 
Contacts for the media:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Matthieu Duvelleroy (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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