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ViaSat Moves Closer to 2010 Global Coverage Goal

ViaSat has appointed Satcom Direct as a value-added reseller and customer support liaison for its new Yonder mobile broadband service, ViaSat announced Mar. 5.     The deal provides coverage over North America, the North Pacific, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, Europe and the Persian Gulf. ViaSat said it is cooperating with maritime broadband service-provider, KVH […]

By | March 12, 2009

Thuraya Launches Telecom Service in Zambia and Cameroon

Thuraya has launched a satellite-based Public Calling Office (PCO) service in Zambia and Cameroon, the company announced March 10.     Thuraya’s PCO is a telephone unit providing voice, data and fax communication for communities based in remote and rural areas that have no access to terrestrial networks. It enables users to call and send text […]

By | March 12, 2009

MENA 2009 Follows The Convention Script

Our first trip to this Middle East communications was long overdue, as the region is forecasted to be one of the hot markets for the next several years. But while this was my first time in Dubai, the show followed the same basic script that I have seen in the past few years at other […]

By | March 12, 2009

ABS CEO Sets Out Long-Term Capital Expenditure Vision

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) hopes to launch its ABS-2 satellite in 2011, and CEO Tom Choi expects that within the next 12 months, the operator will have made an announcement about a new satellite – ABS 3.     “We hope in the next five years, we will have four satellites in orbit, so we are […]

By | March 12, 2009

Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Europe and Middle East

As the Middle East market continues to produce for satellite operators, more regional players are trying to develop capacity to keep the revenues closer to home. But global players such as Intelsat will continue to play a major role in the Middle East and other markets around the globe.     Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s regional vice […]

By | March 12, 2009

Abu Dhabi Purchases Eros-B Imagery from ImageSat

The government of Abu Dhabi has agreed to sign a $20 million contract with Israel-based ImageSat for access to images taken by the Eros-B satellite, ImageSat announced Feb. 22.     The contract is an addition to an imagery cooperation agreement that Abu Dhabi and ImageSat signed in 2006 that enabled the country to subscribe to […]

By | March 12, 2009

Al Baghdadia TV Orders Vehicle-Mounted HD Satellite Antennas from Vislink

Al Baghdadia TV has ordered three 1.2-meter Advent Newswift vehicle-mounted satellite antennas from Vislink’s news and entertainment business unit.     The Advent Newswifts are HD capable and will enable Al Baghdadia to upgrade to high-definition. The dishes will operate on Ku-band.     This is Al Baghdadia’s second major purchase of Vislink equipment in 2009 following […]

By | March 12, 2009

Measat-3a Scheduled for June Launch

Measat Satellite Systems received confirmation from Intelsat that the Measat-3a satellite has been scheduled for launch in June.     The launch of the satellite on a land launch Zenit-3SLB vehicle, contracted with Intelsat, had been postponed from August due to an incident during pre-launch operations at the launch site.     Measat-3a, manufactured by Orbital Sciences, […]

By | March 12, 2009

Qtel Launches IP VPN Service in Qatar

Qtel, a telecommunication solutions provider based in Qatar, has launched a new global IP Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) service for local, regional and international business, the company announced Mar. 4.     Qtel’s IP VPN service connects hard-to-reach customer sites with a single link, supported by its network partners including Reliance Globalcom, SingTel and Tawasul […]

By | March 5, 2009

Yahsat Project Receives $1.2 Billion in Financing

Allen and Overy has reached a financial close with Mubadala Development Co. and Al Yah Satellite Communications Co. (Yahsat) on the Yahsat satellite project, Allen and Overy announced Mar. 5.     The $1.8 billion project now has $1.2 billion in senior debt financing.     The project includes the two hybrid communications satellites (Yahsat 1A and […]

By | March 5, 2009

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