The ASC Signal Division of Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI) has been awarded a contract to provide three earth stations to Telekom Austria Group, the largest telecommunications company in Austria, for installation at the Austrian subsidiary A1’s Aflenz teleport in Styria, Austria. The 35-year old teleport has more than 50 earth stations and is among the largest teleports in Europe. It is an integral part of Telekom Austria Group’s international terrestrial backbone, which provides communications services to more than 23 million customers in Central and Eastern Europe.
Under the agreement, CPI ASC Signal Division will provide a 9.4-meter antenna with a custom six-port Ku/K-band feed; a 4.9-meter dish, also with a custom six-port Ku/K-band feed; and a 3.7-meter Ku-band antenna system. Each antenna is controlled by CPI ASC Signal Division’s Next Generation Controller (NGC) and will include five NGC training modules, according to Keith Buckley, president of the CPI ASC Signal Division. This is the second order that Telekom Austria Group has placed with ASC Signal within the past five years.
Teleport operators know that the Aflenz Teleport is unique among the world’s major teleports. Not only does it serve as the Eutelsat’s Earth Station Verification & Assistance (ESVA) test & satellite In-Orbit Testing (IOT) reference site, it is also considered an architectural masterpiece, designed by architect Gustav Peichl in 1980. The facility’s largest antenna weighs 275 tons, with a diameter of 32 meters (the equivalent of eight automobiles in length). In addition to serving broadcast customers, the teleport includes enterprise customers and international and governmental organizations among its customers.
“We are very pleased to work with the ASC Signal Division of Communications & Power Industries. The new antennas will be used for an extension of our broadcasting portfolio and for measurement services for satellite providers,” said Franz Bader, wholesale director of the Telekom Austria Group. “We are proud to offer our combined knowledge and extensive experience to our customers in order to provide reliable worldwide communications via satellite. Telekom Austria’s uplink station in the Alps offers the best quality and security for both our national and international customers,” added Mr. Bader.
“The Telekom Austria Group has stringent and strenuous requirements in order to deliver vital communications services to tens of millions of customers, and CPI ASC Signal Division’s state-of-the art antenna products fulfill those needs. We are honored to provide antenna systems to such a prestigious and customer-focused organization and to be a part of a Eutelsat reference site,” said Buckley.