Middle East & Africa

ABS 3A's Ku-band footprint over Africa. Photo: ABS.

InterSat to Deploy Broadband Internet in Africa on ABS 3A

InterSat and Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) announced the launch of iDirect platforms on ABS 3A C-band and Ku-band beams. According to InterSat, these platforms will provide broadband internet across Sub-Sahara and South Africa, as well as serving French-speaking African countries. With the growing demand for broadband internet services, InterSat said users in Africa demand services […]

By | November 8, 2017

A La Poste Senegal office building. Photo: La Poste Senegal.

Eutelsat to Interconnect 200 Post Offices in Senegal

Eutelsat Communications announced a multi-year agreement with La Poste Senegal, the country’s public postal service company, to interconnect 200 post offices nationwide. La Poste Senegal has chosen high-power Ku-band capacity on the Eutelsat 7 West A satellite to support the country’s largest Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) network. In addition to improving the performance of La Poste […]

By | November 8, 2017

Image taken of Reza, Morocco from space in August 2016. Photo: Planet.

Morocco to Orbit Earth Observation Satellite Next Week

Morocco is set to join a select group of countries in Africa that have a satellite in orbit with the launch on Nov. 8 of its Earth Observation satellite. An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch the satellite, Mohammed 6-A, from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. The launch will mark the North African country’s […]

By | November 2, 2017

Rendition of the KhalifaSat satellite. Photo: MBRSC.

UAE’s First Satellite Passes Solar Panel Deployment Test

The Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced this week that the United Arab Emirates’ first domestic satellite, KhalifaSat, passed a critical solar panel deployment test. According to the MBRSC, the test reflects an important step toward the UAE’s development of its own satellite manufacturing industry. Read more at Gulf News

By | November 1, 2017

A consortium of Emirati companies, including Yahsat, du and Etihad Airways Engineering achieved a regional speed benchmark, with the support of Hughes Network Systems and Carlisle Interconnect. Photo: HK Strategies.

UAE Successfully Trials 50mpbs Connectivity for IFC

Yahsat, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based satellite operator, announced the successful trial of a 50Mbps in-flight connection. The result of a partnership between Yahsat, du, Etihad Airways Engineering, Hughes Network Systems and Carlisle Interconnect, the high-speed broadband offering will be available for airlines to offer its passengers within the next year. Using Yahsat’s Al Yah […]

By | October 31, 2017

Second Generation ASAT II™ Multiservice VSAT System

Highest efficiency and network utilization with ASAT II™, the industry's first VSAT System with “on-the-fly” waveform switching, allocating bandwidth in real-time from a common bandwidth space segment.

By Advantech Wireless | Oct 30, 2017

L-R: Greg Wyler, H.E the Minister Eng. Abdulla Al-Sawaha, Sir Richard Branson, Eng. Abdullah Al-Kanhal sign the MOU on Oct. 26, 2017. Photo: OneWeb.

OneWeb to Help Bridge Digital Divide in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and OneWeb have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperatively develop solutions to connect 237,000 homes throughout the country — bringing affordable, high-speed, low latency broadband access to those living in rural and remote areas. This MOU comes within the efforts of […]

By | October 30, 2017

Maputo, the capital and largest city in Mozambique. Photo: Wikimedia.

Teledata Uses Newtec Dialog for Mobile Backhaul in Mozambique

Publicly owned telecommunications specialist Teledata is using Newtec’s Dialog multiservice platform for hundreds of mobile backhaul (2G, 3G) and banking application sites across Mozambique. The Newtec Dialog platform, with a HUB 4IF Hub Module at its core, will power Teledata’s cellular backhaul network using Newtec Dialog modems. The platform is also connecting hundreds of ATMs […]

By | October 25, 2017

TSTV's decoder. Photo: TSTV.

How TSTV is Shaking Up the Nigerian Pay TV Market

When Telecom Satellites TV (TSTV) announced it would be introducing a new Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcast service in Nigeria, local consumers seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief. After all, according to PriceWaterhouseCoopers Partner Olufemi Onisubi, Nigerians have languished for years under mounting price hikes imposed by MultiChoice Africa, the dominant player in the region’s […]

By | October 20, 2017

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches EchoStar 105/SES 11 into orbit on Oct. 12, 2017. Photo: SpaceX.

Spacecom to Fly Satellites with SpaceX Again

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has selected SpaceX to launch a new satellite in the second quarter of 2019, and potentially another satellite the year after. According to an Oct. 18 press release, Spacecom will use the funds from SpaceX’s failed attempt to launch Amos 6 last year to cover the costs of launching the first […]

By | October 19, 2017

Azur Air Boeing 767-300. Photo: Azur Aviation.

Azur Aviation Becomes Flyht’s First Customer in the Middle East this Year

Flyht Aerospace Solutions announced the sale of its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) and FlyhtLog services to Azur Havacilik (Azur Aviation), based in Antalya, Turkey. The contract is valued at $2.1 million, for which Flyht will provide hardware to Azur Aviation for the next five years. Flyht stated it has all of the necessary […]

By | October 17, 2017

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