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RBC Signals enters into agreement with Antrix corporation limited to expand global ground station network

(10 July 2018 - RBC Signals) RBC Signals, a multi-national company providing flexible global communications services for satellite operators, today announced a worldwide agreement with Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to provide space communications services to satellite operators.

The relationship enables RBC Signals to support an extended range of satellite communication bands, while significantly expanding RBC Signals’ global ground station network.

“India is a major participant in the global space industry and we are excited to be working with Antrix,” said Christopher Richins, co-founder & CEO of RBC Signals. “This relationship is significant for us as it broadens our offerings and infrastructure in meaningful ways.”

The Antrix agreement expands RBC Signals’ capabilities to include support for C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band communications, with these three bands joining existing capabilities in VHF, UHF, S, C, and X bands.

RBC Signals supports Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite operators as well as Geostationary (GEO) Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) and orbital slot transfer missions with global communications services. This agreement with Antrix now allows RBC Signals to also provide support for missions beyond earth orbit, including Lunar and Deep Space missions. The company is notable for being the first in its sector to combine the excess capacity of existing ground stations with RBC-owned antennas across the globe. Providing this hybrid infrastructure as a service delivers valuable benefits to operators including flexibility and cost-efficient pay-as-yougo service options while ensuring real-time, low latency services.

“At Antrix, we are excited about gaining greater utilization of our ground station investments through the innovative business model and services being provided by RBC Signals,” said Shri Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman cum Managing Director of Antrix.

As part of the partnership, Antrix antennas join the RBC global ground station network. The Indian stations include antennas in Hassan; Bangalore; Lucknow etc. RBC Signals’ global network includes more than 62 antennas at over 41 locations across the globe.

About RBC Signals

RBC Signals is a multi-national company providing flexible global communication services for satellite operators. The company capitalizes on the innovative “sharing economy” model, adding the excess capacity of existing ground stations to RBC-owned stations across the globe to provide affordable, low latency services to the emerging class of new space commercial satellite operators.

About Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL)

Incorporated in 1992 as a Government of India Company under the Department of Space, Antrix Corporation Limited is the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation and is mandated to promote and market space products and services emanating from the Indian Space program.