Airbus HAPS partners with Saudi telecom firm Salam


Airbus´ HAPS Connectivity Business has signed a strategic partnership with Saudi telecoms firm Salam. 

The agreement will see Airbus and Salam develop private networks, IoT applications, disaster management solutions and other connectivity and high-altitude Earth observation services for Saudi Arabia.

Airbus launched its connectivity services business in July, 2022, it is based around Zephyr, the French OEM’s high altitude platform station (HAPS) technology platform. 

Ahmad Al-Anqari, Salam, a subsidiary of Mawarid Media & Communications Group (MMCG), CEO, said: “We see in Airbus’ Zephyr platform a key asset to provide private network services, IoT solutions as well as civil, governmental and non-governmental applications. There are numerous use cases for the platform’s capabilities and we look forward to this partnership with Airbus to serve the Saudi market in support of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals.”

Jeff Smith, head of Connectivity of Airbus´ HAPS Connectivity Business, said: “In partnership with Salam, our Zephyr platform, with its demonstrated advanced capabilities, will be instrumental in serving several markets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Airbus, a leader in the HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station) market with Zephyr, will provide low-latency, direct-to-device 5G connectivity services, in addition to persistent high-resolution imaging and live-video, delivered from the stratosphere.