Asia-Pacific

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NBN Extends Network Operations Partnership with Ericsson

Ericsson will continue to be responsible for NBN fixed wireless network operations, ground systems operations for Sky Muster — the operator’s satellite service — as well as customer connections and assurance for both technologies. NBN’s fixed wireless and Sky Muster services cover more than 980,000 homes in regional and remote Australia with more than 290,000 […]

By | December 21, 2017

Batista Dos Santos stands in front of her traditional home, surrounded by roosters, in Bertakefe, Timor-Leste. Photo: UN/Martine Perret.

Timor Telecom to Improve Voice Traffic Using SES Capacity

Timor Telecom (TT) has expanded its partnership with SES Networks to enable international voice traffic between Timor-Leste and the rest of the world, SES announced. Under the new agreement, TT will contract capacity on the NSS 12 Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite to establish a point-to-point link connecting Dili, Timor with Sintra, Portugal. Residents of […]

By | December 21, 2017

Advanced Military-Grade Satellite Modem at Global MilSatCom 2017

Advantech Wireless showcased its AMT-83L military-grade satellite modem at the Global MilSatCom Conference and Exhibition one November 7-9, 2017 in London, UK.

By Advantech Wireless | Dec 20, 2017

Gwynne Shotwell at the 33rd Space Symposium.

SpaceX, Satellite Images and OneWeb – Year in Review

Like any year in the fast-paced satellite industry, 2017 was brimming with new innovations, earth-shaking business deals, and some competitive drama for good measure. Just in case you missed anything, here’s a wrap-up of our top 10 most read stories of the year. 1. Is This the End of DSTV’s Reign in the Nigerian Pay […]

By | December 18, 2017

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Google Explores Using Light Beams to Connect Rural India

While Google has become known for its high speed fiber, the company has also expressed interest in doing away with cables altogether. In India, Google subsidiary X has partnered with a local telecom operator to use Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) to provide internet to rural communities in the region. Read more at TechCrunch.

By | December 18, 2017

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India to Serve Smallsat Market with New Dedicated Launcher

The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has had a high profile year, with one significant failure and another record-breaking launch. Now, the agency is pivoting to launch smallsat constellations with a new, smaller launch vehicle that would weigh just 100 tons. Read more at The Economic Times.

By | December 15, 2017

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CASBAA Chairman Calls for Policy Reforms in India

Speaking at the India Satcom 2017 forum in New Delhi, Joe Welch, chairman of regional pay-TV industry association CASBAA, applauded the Indian government’s emphasis on improving the ease of doing business in the country. A great deal of attention has been paid to the power and infrastructure sectors, Welch noted, but “the key to … […]

By | December 13, 2017

mu Space's executive team. Photo: Mu Space.

Mu Space Receives 15-Year Satellite License in Thailand

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has awarded mu Space a license to operate a satellite service in the country. The 15-year license covers the operation of a satellite and provision of satellite-based services until 2032. According to Thailand’s telecom industry database, nearly 12 percent or 8 million of the country’s 68 million population […]

By | December 11, 2017

Dream Cruises' World Dream megaship. Photo: Dream Cruises.

SES Expands Footprint in Maritime with Dream Cruises Deal

SES will provide capacity onboard the recently launched World Dream, Dream Cruises’ second megaship under Genting Cruise Lines. With the enhanced connectivity, guests can stream movies, game online and share real-time vacation travel videos and photos across social media platforms, Dream Cruises stated. The low-latency connectivity leverages SES’ O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation and […]

By | December 8, 2017

U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit unload food and supplies to Pakistanis in support of the flood relief effort in Pano Aqil, Pakistan, Sept. 11, 2010. Photo: U.S. Army/Sgt. Jason Bushong.

ICIMOD, RadiantEarth Cooperate to Advance Earth Observation

The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Radiant.Earth have signed a strategic partnership agreement for knowledge and technology transfer of Earth Observation (EO). Under this agreement, the parties will establish and implement new EO and geospatial application services to support monitoring and assessment of climate change related impacts in the Hindu Kush Himalayan […]

By | December 8, 2017

Sample missile launch. Photo: Wikimedia.

Orbit to Provide Telemetry Systems to Asian Defense Organization

Orbit Communications announced that an undisclosed Asian defense organization ordered aeronautical telemetry systems for approximately $7 million. The turnkey solution — including several shipborne 1.8-meter S-band antennas, full ground stations and a mission control center — will be used for test range applications. Orbit expects delivery of the high-precision systems to continue until 2020. According […]

By | December 8, 2017

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