The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has deployed new ground infrastructure facilities within the Dubna Space Communications Center (SCC) in partnership with Eutelsat SA
The new facilities will provide communication services using the Ka-band capacity of the Express-AMU1 spacecraft at 36 degrees East. RSCC will secure access to the satellite segment, as well as monitoring the performance of communication channels. Currently, these services are provided using such technical facilities as the central switching station and phase 1 antenna system.
RSCC is aiming to complete the commissioning of phase 2 antenna system by 2017. The organisation commented that in addition to the services based on the upgraded satellite constellation, RSCC is consistently aiming to expand its range of services to the operators using the unique capability of its teleports all over Russia.
Commenting on the development, RSCC deputy DG for innovative development Evgeny Buidinov said, “We are pleased to expand mutually beneficial partnerships with the Eutelsat company that are related to digital broadcasting, satellite broadband access, as well as control and monitoring of the spacecraft.”
Kirill Yanchenko, general director of Eutelsat Networks LLC, a subsidiary of Eutelsat SA, added, “The inauguration of the broadband services using the resources of the new Ka-band Express-AMU1 satellite (36 degrees East) is an important step in bridging the digital divide in Russia and implementing Eutelsat’s global strategy of providing advanced broadband services. This project carries forward successful cooperation between Eutelsat and RSCC over the past 20 years.”
He noted that alongside the satellite, the project involves the Dubna SCC ground infrastructure that belongs to RSCC. Using the capabilities of the Express-AMU1 satellite with its full coverage of the European Russia and a part of Western Siberia, as well as the services of the SkyEdge II-c multi-platform and user terminals manufactured by Gilat Satellite Networks, the Eutelsat Networks Company now can offer advanced high-speed communication services that meet the highest requirements not only of individual consumers, but also of business users.