The company is striving to expand its U.S. government operations domestically by working as a prime sub-contractor to integrators and service providers to U.S. government agencies. To put its plans in action, Arqiva (News - Alert) has appointed William R. (Randy) Witten as vice president of sales, U.S. Government. In this new position, Witten will report to Washington-based Jon Kirchner, EVP, Arqiva, Inc, the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Arqiva Ltd. said company sources.
“When adding an enhanced Washington DC-based capability to our existing U.K. operations, and then tapping into our worldwide infrastructure, Arqiva can support additional critical US government communications to many of the world’s hotspots, be it the Middle East, Africa, Asia or the Americas,” Kirchner said.
“Our integrated hybrid solutions address the needs of defense and homeland security agencies as well as support critical communications by utilizing our secure teleports, value-added services, reliable fiber and satellite networks for mobile and fixed applications,” Kirchner added.
According to Arqiva sources, the company owns a worldwide communications network with teleports that are compliant in the Information Assurance (IA) certified transit of classified and sensitive traffic.
In its endeavor to extend and expand its services provided to the U.S. Government sector, it is developing and refining Los Angeles and Washington teleports for secure transmissions. Arqiva has also completed a significant upgrade to its secure terrestrial fiber network that connects its international teleports and key POPs located across the globe.
“Randy has extensive hands-on experience and a deep understanding of U.S. government requirements which will help us position Arqiva as a trusted and reliable provider of infrastructure and satellite services in this key sector as well as partner where appropriate and develop products where needed,” Krishner added.
Witten served as vice president of government sales at Quintech (News - Alert), which specializes in RF Signal Management Solutions before joining Arqiva. In Quintech he was responsible for the market division, facilitating business in the intelligence community. Witten also served as vice president of sales for Norsat America where he created various VSAT offerings within the Department of Defense besides catering to the needs of international markets.
Arqiva also announced a satellite distribution deal for Channel 4 HD which will allow transmission of Channel 4 HD for the first time on Freesat (from April 2011) besides maintaining the channel’s presence on the Sky platform.