News | June 20, 2014

Actia Sodielec And Inmarsat Sign Global Xpress MOA Ka-Band Satellite Terminals For Use By The French Military

Inmarsat and Actia Sodielec have signed a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) to facilitate the type approval of tactical Ka-band satellite terminal systems for use by the French military on Inmarsat’s ground breaking, high-capacity Global Xpress (GX) service.

Actia Sodielec is Airbus’s contracted satellite terminal provider under the COMCEPT program, delivering Ka-band communications capability to the French Military for use on the Athena Fidus satellite. The signing of the MoA with Inmarsat facilitates type approval to operate Actia Sodielec terminals on Inmarsat’s GX commercial Ka-band service, which will significantly increase the French military’s operational capability and mobility. By combining the existing Athena Fidius satellite service with that of the Inmarsat GX network, deployed French military users around the world will benefit from the provision of significantly increased geographical coverage.

“We are delighted to be announcing this new collaboration with Actia Sodielec,” said Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government. “We believe that the ability of Global Xpress to complement existing military satellite services is key to increasing the capability of deployed personnel.”

“ACTIA SODIELEC is very proud to be joining Inmarsat eco-system, said Daniel Labeda, General Manager, Actia Sodielec, to provide cutting edge Ka-band technologies with high throughput ground terminals to the French Military everywhere on the globe through the tremendous capabilities of the Inmarsat GX network”

About Inmarsat
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. For more information, visit

About Actia Sodielec
ACTIA SODIELEC is the Telecom branch of ACTIA Group (300M€, with 22 subsidiaries worldwide). For more than 40 years, ACTIA SODIELEC designs and manufactures telecom equipment.

Its Satcom Division offers advanced technical solutions, with quality and best cost in:

  • Amplifiers and RF Sub-systems
  • Turn-key Earth Stations for commercial and governmental operators
  • Turn-key networks for monitoring, VoIP, data applications

For more information, visit

SOURCE: Inmarsat