RSCC and Chronosat to expand cooperation on the use of the Express-AM7 satellite
(7 November 2017 - RSCC) The RSCC and the European company Chronosat GmbH have signed a contract stipulating an increased use of RSCC’s Express-AM7 satellite capacity by the European company.
The contract was signed at AfricaCom 2017 (Cape Town, South Africa) as part of the business program. Attending the signing ceremony was Oleg Dukhovnitsky, Head of the Federal Communications Agency.
Cooperation between the RSCC and Chronosat GmbH (Germany) began in 2017, when the European company began using the capacity of the heavy-lift Express-AM7 satellite to provide services in the countries of the Middle East. The successful experience of working with RSCC and competitive advantages of the new Russian AM7 satellite, which was orbited in 2015, have allowed to significantly expand the capacity leased by Chronosat GmbH. A strategic agreement worth more than $14 million over the next five years has been reached on the use of the RSCC spacecraft capacity.
Yuri Prokhorov, the RSCC General Director, noted: "RSCC has a long record of successful operations in the Middle East and Europe, where we have built long-term relations with large consumers of satellite communications services. We hope that our cooperation with Chronosat and the agreements reached today will strengthen the positions of the RSCC, including on the African continent."
Konstantin Ryabtsev, the Chronosat GmbH General Director, said: "We appreciate the RSCC’s high level of customer service and quality characteristics of the new generation Express-AM7 satellite capacity. Our immediate-term plans envisage the use of the RSCC satellite fleet for boosting our business in the Middle East, Africa and other regions of the world. We very much hope that our partner’s professional approach, an exceptional focus on the customer, and competent technical support of the business will enable us to implement many joint projects in the future."
The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) is Russia's satellite communications operator, whose spacecraft ensure global coverage. Established in 1967, the company owns Russia's largest satellite constellation. The RSCC satellites are positioned along the geostationary orbital arc from 14 ° W up to 145 ° E, covering the entire territory of Russia, CIS, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asian-Pacific region, North and South America, and Australia.
As Russia’s national operator of satellite communications services, RSCC is responsible for addressing important state tasks of providing mobile communications services for the Office of the President and the RF Government, and federal TV and radio channels broadcasting within the territory of Russia and of most countries of the world. The company is actively involved in the implementation of top-priority national projects, working closely with the Russian state authorities in the field of information and telecommunication systems and broadcasting. RSCC provides a full range of communications and broadcasting services using its own terrestrial technical facilities and satellite constellation, which includes up-to-day Express-series spacecraft Express-AM, Express-AT, Express-AMU, and Express-A. The company's satellites provide ample opportunities for the broadcasting organizations, broadband Internet access, data transmission, videoconferencing, VSAT networks, departmental and corporative communications networks in any region of the globe. RSCC has deployed a modern terrestrial spacecraft control complex, on the basis of which the control and monitoring of not only their own satellites but also those of Eutelsat and other operators.
The company includes five space communications centers (SCC): Dubna, Medvezhyi Ozera, Skolkovo, Zheleznogorsk, Khabarovsk, and Shabolovka Technical Centre in Moscow, as well as its own high-speed fiber-optic digital network .
RSCC is controlled by the Federal Communications Agency (Rossvyaz).
The company ChronoSat GmbH was established in 2015 and is based in Germany, where its teleport is located. The main activities of the company are construction and operation of VSAT networks, provision of communication channels, sale of ready-made solutions and equipment for satellite communications. The infrastructure owned by the company and its partners supports continual service from Southeast Asia to South America. The development of these areas of operation in the Middle East and Africa in the classic form is the company's main priority. At the same time, while actively operating various hardware platforms, the company's team is implementing projects in new segments of the communications market, such as setting up communication channels for the vessels on high seas and combining the potential of satellite and mobile communications.