This ship has participated in rescue operations and fight against illegal immigration, actions in which communications are decisive

Madrid, July 5, 2018.- Satlink, a Spanish engineering company specializing in satellite telecommunications, has installed a new broadband satellite telecommunications system (Inmarsat Global Xpress) in the Combat Supply Ship (BAC) Cantabria, of the Spanish Navy. With this new facility, this institution continues to increase its communications and operation capabilities, following the installation of a system with the same characteristics in the Cristóbal Colón Frigate.
The BAC Cantabria was in charge, during the second quarter of last year, of the operations of the Eunavfor Med Sophia against illegal immigration in the Mediterranean, until its replacement by the Frigate Santa María. Throughout his voyage he participated in rescue operations of over 400 people, in which communications were a decisive element for locating and monitoring the ships where they were on board.

Satlink is the only Spanish distributor for the Ministry of Defense of the services offered by the Global Xpress satellite constellation, the first high-speed Ka-band network with worldwide coverage, which uses Inmarsat I-5 satellites to provide broadband connectivity safe in airborne, naval and terrestrial operations. This solution also allows the deployment of applications and solutions with high bandwidth consumption, including high definition video, in the most remote and inaccessible places in the world.

“The Global Xpress system has allowed BAC Cantabria of the Spanish Navy to have a great capacity for connectivity during its deployment as a flagship of Operation SOPHIA, which made it easier for the crew to fulfill their mission effectively”, comments José María Fernández de Millán Bridge, Commander of BAC Cantabria.

For his part, Óscar Santidrián, director of Government at Satlink, says that the service “Global Xpress is the only broadband network that allows the Internet to be delivered anywhere in the world using the same network. We are proud to have collaborated with our communications to the success of BAC Cantabria operations in the Mediterranean and, especially, those that allowed the rescue of people on the high seas.”

“We are pleased to have collaborated with our partner, Satlink, to ensure that the Spanish Navy remains at the forefront of communications technology and continues to be a benchmark in its maritime rescue activities,” says Todd McDonell, president of Inmarsat Global Government.

About Satlink
Founded in 1992, Satlink is a Spanish engineering company specialized in satellite telecommunications. Satlink, which has agreements with the global satellite networks Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium, is a world leader as a provider of technological solutions for the fishing sector and also markets satellite communications solutions in the terrestrial and air environment. Satlink is a regular supplier of the Ministry of Defense since its foundation 25 years ago. Headquartered in Madrid, Satlink has offices in Seychelles, Ecuador and Fiji.