[Satellite TODAY 07-11-12] British satellite operator Avanti Communications
has signed an ordering agreement with NATO’s Communications and Information Agency (NCIA)
, formerly the NC3A Agency
, to provide service from its Hylas fleet, the company announced July 10.
Avanti said the agreement allows NATO command agencies and NATO member states to request pricing and place orders using pre-arranged terms and conditions and pricing tables.
NATO said Ka-band would play an important role in its future commercial satellite communications requirements as a means of supporting higher data throughput and welfare applications for NATO and National deployments.
“NATO's recent operational experience has highlighted the critical nature of beyond lines of sight communications. The introduction of Avanti's Ka-band satellite capacity provides a valuable addition to our communication capability options and demonstrates the increasing value of utilizing competitively priced, leading-edge commercial Satellite Communications technology to support operations,” NCIA Satellite Team Director Malcolm Green said in a statement.