Vizada

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Vizada Group
Private
Industry Communications satellite operators
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Area served
Worldwide
Products Mobile and fixed satellite services
Owner EADS Astrium
Subsidiaries Vizada, Vizada Networks, Marlink
Website www.vizada.com

Vizada is a worldwide satellite communications services provider which operates land earth stations that connect satellite communications to terrestrial telecommunications and IP networks. Vizada provides both mobile and fixed satellite telecommunications to a wide array of markets including merchant shipping, defense and government, fishing and yachting, oil & gas, mining, and non-governmental organizations. The product offering covers maritime, land and aeronautical services. In 2011, the Vizada Group was acquired by EADS, to be integrated as a subsidiary of Astrium.[1]

History[edit]

Vizada has a rich history which stems from the acquisitions and reorganizations of several leading global telecommunications entities including France Telecom and Telenor, as well as vertically-specialized company such as Sait Communications and TDCom

1940s: the company has been involved in maritime communications since World War II when it began operating a network of radio communications in Europe.[2]

1970s: Originally part of Norwegian operator Telenor, Vizada became the first to use satellites for domestic use.[3]

1976: Eik teleport, situated on the southwest coast of Norway, was established to provide communications to oil platforms in the North Sea<.[3]

1979: Creation of the International Maritime Satellite Organisation (Inmarsat) under the auspices of United Nations and IMO with contribution of France, Norway and the US as founding member.

1991: The France Telecom group was the fifth largest shareholder in Inmarsat, the international maritime satellite provider.[4]

In 1991, Telenor Satellite Services at Eik Teleport developed the Sealink Maritime VSAT solution to provide communications services between remote locations at sea and fleet management offices on shore.[5]

1997: Creation of Taide Network (now Vizada Networks) in Holmestrand, Norway. from an academic project initiated at universities in Oslo, Norway, and Vilnius, Lithuania in the early 1990s. VSAT services operations were established in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Austria.

1999: Satellite services were split from to Telenor core business into independent operating units. Telenor Satellite Services (maritime Inmarsat and fixed satellite services and Telenor Satellite Network (VSAT networks. They would later form one single company.

2001-2002: France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications acquired DT Mobile Satellite(Germany), Glocall(Netherlands), and TDcom(France).[3]

2002: Telenor Satellite Services acquired Comsat Mobile Communications (USA) and Sait Communications a leading Maritime Communications service provider which was renamed Marlink.

2007: Apax Partners acquired FTMSC and Telenor Satellite Services and forms Vizada in 2007.[6]

2010: Vizada, through its subsidiary Marlink, received the Inmarsat 2010 partner award recognizing Vizada as a solutions innovator for the merchant shipping market.[7]

2011: EADS acquires all assets of the Vizada Group for approximately 1 billion USD for its Astrium Services business unit. The acquisition was concluded in December 2011.[8]

2015: Airbus DS decided to sell Satcom division.

Vizada Group[edit]

Vizada Group operates offices and Satellite gateways worldwide. It has three main subsidiaries; Vizada which markets global mobile and fixed satellite communications, Vizada Networks which specializes in fixed satellite and hybrid network solutions, and Marlink which focuses on maritime satellite communication.

Vizada[edit]

Vizada is an independent provider of global satellite-based mobility services. The company, which was formed by the merger of Telenor Satellite Services and France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications, offers mobile and fixed connectivity services from multiple satellite network operators through a network of 400 service provider partners.[citation needed]

These services are packaged with Vizada Solutions, designed to add business value to basic connectivity, and delivered through Vizada’s global teleport network – five state-of-the-art satellite facilities strategically positioned around the world.[citation needed] Vizada works with the broadest range of network providers in the industry, including: Inmarsat, Iridium, Thuraya, Eutelsat, Intelsat, Loral, SES World Skies, and SES Americom.

Vizada Networks[edit]

Vizada Networks (exTaide Networks),[9] provides tailor-made international and regional broadband fixed satellite services, international telephony and hybrid network solutions. Vizada Networks works with the major fixed satellite operators, such as Eutelsat, Intelsat, and SES World Skies.

Vizada Networks main offices are located in Oslo and Holmestrand in Norway.

Marlink[edit]

Marlink is the world’s largest maritime satellite communications provider[10] equipping vessels with Mobile Satellite Services and VSAT services.[11]

Products[edit]

Sea[edit]

For more than 25 years, Vizada has provided maritime communication products based on Inmarsat and Iridium technologies. Vizada also developed its own satellite communication solution based on VSAT technology called Pharostar. Vizada's products provide broadband data and voice communications on board seabound vessels.

Product Technology Use Coverage
Pharostar VSAT Standardized maritime service delivering unlimited access up to 6044 kbit/s for internet, email, VoIP and videoconferencing Global and regional coverage available
Custom VSAT Networks VSAT Tailored land based service including high-speed voice, fax, data throughputs up to 8 Mbit/s, network design, dimensioning, technology, space capacity, backhauling, applications, and service delivery Global and regional coverage available
FleetBroadband Inmarsat Maritime service delivering simultaneous voice and data. Streaming up to 256 kbit/s. Global Coverage.
Fleet 77/55/33 Inmarsat Maritime service delivering voice, fax, ISDN data and Mobile Packet Data Service Global coverage for voice and spot coverage for data & fax
Inmarsat C/Mini C Inmarsat Maritime service providing two-way data communications Global beam coverage
Inmarsat B Inmarsat Digital maritime service delivering worldwide digital voice, fax and data communications Global beam coverage
Inmarsat Mini M Inmarsat Digital maritime service providing voice, fax, and data communications Spot beam coverage
Iridium Handhelds Iridium Satellite telephones delivering voice, fax and data via optional data kit: 2.4 kbit/s, up to 9.6 kbit/s with direct internet service Pole-to-pole coverage
Iridium Maritime Iridium Maritime service delivering voice, fax and data: up to 9.6 kbit/s with direct internet service Pole-to-pole coverage
Iridium OpenPort Iridium Maritime service delivering simultaneous voice and always-on internet access up to 128 kbit/s. Streaming video up to 128 kbit/s Pole-to-pole coverage
Thuraya Handhelds Thuraya Satellite telephone delivering voice, fax, GPS, data. Telephone integrating the satellite and the GSM connectivity Regional coverage in Europe, Africa & Asia
WaveCall SeaLink VSAT Customized maritime service delivering access for internet, email, VoIP and business applications Multi-regional coverage

Land[edit]

Vizada provides land satellite communication products based on Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya technologies. Vizada also provides full broadband satellite solutions based on a customized VSAT network.

Product Technology Use Coverage
BGAN BGAN Mobile land based service delivering simultaneous voice and broadband data communications up to 492 kbit/s, video streaming up to 384 kbit/s and up Global coverage
Inmarsat GAN Inmarsat Mobile land based service delivering voice, fax and data up to 64 kbit/s Spot beam coverage
ThurayaIP Thuraya Mobile land based service delivering broadband data communications up to 444 kbit/s, video streaming at up to 384 kbit/s Regional coverage in Europe, Africa & Asia
Inmarsat Handheld Inmarsat Satellite telephones delivering voice services Global coverage
Iridium Handhelds Iridium Satellite telephones delivering voice, fax and data via optional data kit: 2.4 kbit/s, up to 9.6 kbit/s with direct internet service Pole-to-pole coverage
Thuraya Handhelds Thuraya Satellite telephone delivering voice, fax, GPS, data. Telephone integrating the satellite and the GSM connectivity Regional coverage in Europe, Africa & Asia
Custom VSAT Networks VSAT Tailored land based service including high-speed voice, fax, data throughputs up to 8 Mbit/s, network design, dimensioning, technology, space capacity, backhauling, applications, and service delivery Global and regional coverage available

Air[edit]

Vizada provides aero satellite communications products based on the Inmarsat Swift services. These products enable high speed and IP based communication both in cockpit and cabin for voice communication, internet browsing, fax and file sharing.

Product Technology Use Coverage
SwiftBroadband Inmarsat Simultaneous voice and data, Internet access up to 432 kbit/s and 64 kbit/s ISDN. Video streaming at up to 128 kbit/s Global coverage
Swift Inmarsat Aeronautical service for cabin delivering voice, fax and data via ISDN (up to 64 kbit/s) or Mobile Packet Data Service (MPDS) Spot beam coverage
Aero L/H/H+/I Inmarsat Range of aeronautical satellite communications delivering a variety of digital voice, fax, and data services along with some flight monitoring applications

Solutions[edit]

Vizada provides services around satellite communications such as data traffic management tools, secure communication tools, emailing services, data compression and encryption services, prepaid cards for satellite communications and fixed to satellite mobile communications.

Solution type Solution name Description
Messaging Services SkyFile Mail Compressed data transmission via email, e-fax and SMS; developed by Shamrock Software
SkyFile Anti Virus Protection from malicious software such as viruses, spyware etc.; based on the Sophos anti-virus engine
SkyFile Weather Customizable weather information, including high resolution images; using data from Météo France
SkyFile Video Capture, compress, edit and transmit video files.
SkyFile Access Free FTP space to exchange large files, webmail & web browsing.
SkyFile C Optimized Inmarsat C and Mini C communications via specific land earth stations
Prepaid Solutions Universal Card Prepaid voice calling, SMS, email & web usage
Fixed2Mobileb Satellite Direct Allows for satellite calls from any location to any satellite terminal.
Satellite Direct Plus Allows for highly cost-efficient fixed-to-mobile satellite calls.
IP & Networking Terralink Data Manager Allows to set firewall-filters, administrate account profiles & select traffic priorities.
Terralink Data Manager Live Allows to set firewall-filters, administrate account profiles & select traffic priorities as well as view traffic consumption in real-time.
Interconnect Connection between mobile satellite terminal to corporate network.
Business Tools The Source Online portal for management and control of end-user communications accounts.
Vizada XChange Vizada XChange Vizada’s proprietary box and online interface for managing satellite communications services for the maritime industry.

Infrastructure[edit]

Land earth stations[edit]

Picture of the parabolic antennas of Vizada's Aussaguel Land Station
Vizada's Aussaguel Land Station

Vizada operates 5 earth stations around the world that connect satellites to terrestrial networks.[12]

Earth Station Country In operation since Infrastructures Technologies supported Coverage
Aussaguel  France 1980 37 acres Inmarsat, Thruaya, Iridium and Vizada's solutions Atlantic and Indian oceans
Eik  Norway 1976 10 acres Inmarsat, VSAT Maritime Atlantic and Indian oceans
Nittedal  Norway 1986 - VSAT Networks Africa, Asia, Europe and eastern part of South America
Santa Paula  United States 1976 10 acres Inmarsat, VSAT Maritime, DGPS Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Rim nations, the eastern Indian Ocean and the western North America
Southbury  United States 1975 6 acres Inmarsat, VSAT Maritime, DGPS Atlantic Ocean regions East and West

Vizada also has an earth station in Japan through a partnership with KDDI. The earth station is located in Yamaguchi.

Point of presence[edit]

Vizada's IP points of presence provide local access to the global broadband services. They're located in:

Partnership[edit]

Telecoms Sans Frontières[edit]

In 1998, Vizada entered into partnership with the Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF).[13] Vizada provides TSF with mobile satellites services and training for TSF personnel. TSF used Vizada's services on 14 separate occasions in 2009, and notably for the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In 2011, Vizada provided TSF with hardware, airtime for the voice calls and internet connections on the border between Tunisia and Libya.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EADS’s Astrium Satellite Unit Buys Vizada to Build U.S. Presence, Services". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Vizada Group". Vizada. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "France Telecom Group". Funding universe. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Apax Acquires Telenor, Spins Off Vizada". Satellite Today. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "EADS acquires Vizada for its Astrium Division". EADS. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Taide Network rebrands to Vizada Networks". Goliath. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Comsys maritime vsat markets - 2nd edition
  8. ^ "Vizada global infrastructure". Vizada. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vizada: Vizada strengthens mobile satellite offering for Telecoms Sans Frontieres". Satellite Spotlight. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Vizada". WGET Collaboration. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 

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