Eutelsat Communications and Ovzon AB have entered into a long-term agreement for the provision of satellite control services.
It follows a competitive bidding process that involved all major satellite operators.
Ovzon has operated capacity on a number of Eutelsat satellites since 2012.
Ovzon-3 is a powerful geostationary satellite with multiple high-performance steerable beams and a revolutionary newly developed On Board Processor. To be launched in the fourth quarter of 2021, it will address the mobile connectivity segment.
Magnus René, Chief executive Officer of Ovzon AB said: “Ovzon’s current service offering, through leased capacity, will be significantly expanded with the launch of our new satellite, Ovzon-3, in 2021. Ovzon-3 will provide dramatically enhanced performance and functionality and is an important step to further revolutionize mobile broadband by satellite, offering the highest bandwidth with the smallest terminals”.
”Arlen Kassighian, Director of Satellites Engineering and Operations at Eutelsat communications added: “We are proud to build on our long term relationship with Ovzon and to be entrusted with the operation of Ovzon-3. The award of this contract is a testimony to the skills and reliability of Eutelsat’s satellite service teams, and demonstrates our ability to provide a diversity of support services to our customers in the commercial and government services fields.”
Ovzon, which had initially intended to launch its satellite on a SpaceX craft now plans to launch Ovzon-3 on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket in 2021.