Arianespace’s December 18, 2014 mission with four O3b Networks connectivity satellites

Arianespace Launches Four More Satellites in the O3b Constellation

[Via Satellite 12-192014] In its 11th launch of the year, Arianespace successfully took four more satellites in the O3b Networks constellation to orbit. Using the Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center, the flight follows the successful launches of the first eight O3b satellites in two batches in June 2013 and July 2014. The O3b [...]

By | December 19, 2014

Eutelsat Offers GSM Demodulation Tool to IRG Members

[Via Satellite 12-192014] Eutelsat-developed GSM Demodulation Tool is now being offered to all members of the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) including new members joining throughout 2015. The tool, which Eutelsat demonstrated at the recent IRG workshop in London, uses a simple detector unit, a PC and mapping software to locate GSM beacons. In most [...]

By | December 19, 2014

One of the worst-hit towns by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines.

Inmarsat, TSF Help Connect Philippine Towns Affected by Typhoon Hagupit

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), the Inmarsat-sponsored telecoms agency, has entered Eastern Samar in the Philippines to provide crucial emergency communications in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit. Following assessments of the towns spanning Borongan to Artechi, many of which were destroyed by floods and landslides, TSF reported that mobile networks had been established [...]

By | December 18, 2014

A group of students who receive help from Tanzania Support Foundation.

Globecomm to Bring Computers to Rural African School

[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Globecomm has donated desktop computers to a school in the Tanzanian village of Selela to support the mission of the Tanzania Support Foundation helping small communities become more self-sufficient in education, healthcare, hygiene and clean water. A total of 14 computers — last used for e-welfare support for military operations in Afghanistan [...]

By | December 18, 2014


ViaSat Seeking to Make Passenger IFC ‘Ubiquitous’

[Via Satellite 12-17-2014] ViaSat is looking at new business models and opportunities to provide In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services, according to ViaSat Director of Mobile Broadband Don Buchman. The company first launched into IFC almost year ago to the date in December 2013. What started as a single-digit number of aircraft has now swelled to roughly [...]

By | December 17, 2014


Ground Players Tackle Bandwidth Optimization in an HTS World

The launch of ViaSat 1, Intelsat Epic NG and other new High Throughput Satellites (HTS) is increasing the amount of bandwidth in the sky by a factor of eight to 10. At the same time, the promise of performance

By | December 17, 2014

Via Satellite January 2015

Inmarsat Exec Talks About Operator’s Role in Search for MH370

The search to find out what happened to the MH370 flight began in earnest. As days ticked on by, it became apparent there would be no happy ending and that those on board were lost. However, with the families

By | December 17, 2014

Airplane aircraft plane IFC

Gogo Deems Satellite Essential to In-Flight Connectivity Business

[Via Satellite 12-16-2014] Gogo does not see Air-to-Ground as sufficient as a standalone solution for in-flight connectivity, according to President and CEO Michael Small. “I would say that an air-to-ground solution by itself is no longer competitive,” said Small during a UBS investor presentation. “If connectivity is transformative to aviation, you can’t have it some [...]

By | December 16, 2014

NetHope Ebola Relief

Eutelsat Supplying Satellite Broadband to NetHope for Ebola Relief Effort

[Via Satellite 12-15-2014] Eutelsat Communications is working with NetHope to provide satellite connectivity for doctors and volunteers in Africa who are working to address the outbreak of Ebola. Equipment for voice, broadband and video conferencing has arrived in Accra, Ghana, where the United Nations’ Mission for Ebola Emergency Response is located. From there the terminals [...]

By | December 15, 2014

Thuraya XT-LITE satphone

Thuraya Releases Entry-Level SatPhone: the Thuraya XT-LITE

[Via Satellite 12-15-2014] Thuraya has announced the availability of a new satellite phone targeting casual, non-enterprise customers. The Thuraya XT-LITE can make phone calls and send SMS messages in satellite mode throughout Thuraya’s coverage, which extends to 160 countries. The satellite phone can connect people who work or travel outside of terrestrial coverage, and can [...]

By | December 15, 2014

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