The German Ministry of Defence has renewed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space to provide free satellite communications and calls for German troops.

The contract will last four years, beginning 1 July 2016; and has been augmented to meet the ministries’ directive for the provision of free, unlimited voice calling and internet access to all servicewomen and men during operations, exercise and trainings outside Germany. The new service includes the provision of media servers, giving troops free access to movies, digital newspapers and the forces broadcast service.