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Orbcomm Acquisitions Shaping Company into Major Solutions Provider

[Via Satellite 01-27-2015] Orbcomm’s acquisitions of SkyWave and InSync bring to eight the number of acquisitions it has conducted since 2011. SkyWave, formerly Inmarsat’s largest reseller in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market, was Orbcomm’s biggest acquisition of the eight, for $130 million. Through its Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity, Orbcomm has transformed from mainly focusing on [...]

By | January 27, 2015

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Air Force SMC Completes Merger of Two Directorates

[Via Satellite 01-27-2015] The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has activated the Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD), effective Jan. 9, having completed the merger of the Space Development and Test Directorate, and the Development Planning Directorate. The new combined directorate brings together Los Angeles Air Force Base’s expertise in [...]

By | January 27, 2015

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Orbital Sciences and ATK Stockholders Approve Merger Next Month

[Via Satellite 01-27-2015] In separate meetings, stockholders from Orbital Sciences and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) voted to approve the merger of Orbital Sciences with ATK’s Aerospace and Defense Group originally announced April 2014. Approximately 99 percent of the votes cast in Orbital Sciences special meeting were in favor, representing about 85 percent of the total number [...]

By | January 27, 2015

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Kyrgyz Republic Broadcaster Begins Using Eutelsat 70B Ahead of Analog Switch Off

[Via Satellite 01-27-2015] With analogue broadcasts switching off in June this year, the Kyrgyz Republic’s public broadcaster RPO RMTR has signed onto the Eutelsat 70B satellite. The multi-year agreement ramps up the broadcaster’s transition to a completely digital broadcasting environment. Through Eutelsat 70B’s high-power service area, RPO RMTR transmits a Free-to-Air (FTA) platform of national [...]

By | January 27, 2015

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ESA Commits to Finishing EDRS Constellation

[Via Satellite 01-27-2015] The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed its intention to see the European Data Relay System (EDRS) through to completion. The decision followed meetings between the agency, the European Commission and Airbus. On Jan. 28, ESA and Airbus — the two primary partners for EDRS — will meet again to determine the [...]

By | January 27, 2015

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Emirati Telco Orders L-band Matrix Routers from ETL Systems

[Via Satellite 01-27-2015] United Arab Emirates telecoms operator du has purchased three RF matrices from ETL Systems to add capacity to its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network. The telco has seen an increase in IPTV subscribers as new home service packages obtain access to more than 400 local and international channels through the du TV+ [...]

By | January 27, 2015

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NetHope Official: Satellite Response to Ebola is on ‘a Scale Never Seen Before’

[Via Satellite 01-26-2015] Gisli Olafsson, emergency response director at NetHope, a consortium of 42 top global humanitarian organizations, has been in West Africa as part of the international response to the Ebola outbreak since October 2014. He has traveled between Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia, spurring on the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) [...]

By | January 26, 2015

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SpaceX, Air Force End Dispute With Agreement for More Competition within EELV

[Via Satellite 01-26-2015] SpaceX has closed its lawsuit with the United States Air Force over its $11 billion block buy of launches from Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance (ULA). Through an agreement between the two, the Air Force increased the number of competitive launch services opportunities through the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) [...]

By | January 26, 2015

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Eutelsat, Neotion and Broadpeak Create Satellite OTT Delivery Solution

[Via Satellite 01-26-2015] Eutelsat has partnered with Neotion and Broadpeak on a global solution for Free-To-Air (FTA)/secured Over The Top (OTT) services for smartphones, tablets and 4K screens. The solution operates independently from IP infrastructure, making pay-TV options more accessible to mobile devices. According to Neotion, the way traditional unicast-based Content Delivery Network (CDN) costs [...]

By | January 26, 2015

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Spacecom to Broadcast New Digital Pay-TV Platform in Nigeria

[Via Satellite 01-26-2015] Spacecom has won a multi-year contract to broadcast Africa Cable TV (ACTV), the newest pay-TV platform in Nigeria, from the Amos 5 satellite. The company will transmit more than 60 channels to Nigerian viewers, including both international and local content, from the satellite’s Ku-1 beam. The ACTV deal on Amos 5 bolsters [...]

By | January 26, 2015

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