Sky Perfect JSAT Orders Two New Satellites from SSL

[Via Satellite 04-18-2014] Sky Perfect JSAT signed an agreement with Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to procure two new satellites: JCSAT 15 and 16. The two satellites will be used for services such as video distribution, data transfer communications and back-up service capabilities in Japan and other areas of the Asia-Pacific region. Both satellites are being built [...]

By | April 18, 2014

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GlobaFone to Offer Iridium GO! Service

[Via Satellite 04-18-2014] GlobaFone added the Iridium GO! personal Wi-Fi hotspot device to its portfolio of satellite services. The GO! device can connect to multiple devices, as well as enable voice and data communications from your personal device without requiring an extra satellite phone. “The notion of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), impossible just a [...]

By | April 18, 2014

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O3b Sees Greatest Cellular Backhaul Opportunity in Asia

O3b Networks went live with news of the company’s first revenue generating customer during SATELLITE 2014. In a video interview with Mark Holmes, editorial director of Via Satellite, O3b CEO Steve Collar explained how different parts of the world present different market opportunities, and what the company has learned from working with Telecom Cook Islands. [...]

By | April 18, 2014

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exactEarth and SRT Release New Tracking Technology for Small Vessels

[Via Satellite 04-17-2014] exactEarth and SRT have partnered to develop a new technology called ABSEA to enable global tracking for low-power Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceivers aboard small commercial and leisure vessels. AIS is a Very High Frequency (VHF) technology designed for terrestrial-based tracking with a range that is usually limited to about 50 nautical [...]

By | April 17, 2014

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DigitalGlobe and MDA to Offer Combined Solution for Intelligence and Defense Customers

[Via Satellite 04-16-2014] DigitalGlobe and MDA will together offer a combined optical and synthetic aperture radar satellite data solution to their global defense and intelligence customers. The solution will allow customers to task and collect information using DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites, as well as obtain and process close to real-time data from MDA’s Radarsat 2 [...]

By | April 16, 2014

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Arabsat CEO: Satellite Industry is Moving too Slow

At SATELLITE 2014, Satellite Executive of the Year award winner Khalid Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat, called for the satellite industry to up the pace of progress. “It’s over 50 years of development in the satellite business, but in the last 10 years since I have been with Arabsat, I haven’t seen much change in the [...]

By | April 16, 2014

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Frost and Sullivan Cellular Backhaul Report Foresees Greater Use for Satellite

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] The average amount of data used by smartphones is closing in on 2 GB per month, according to a research report by Frost and Sullivan. As more people boost their data use, the consulting company anticipates satellite-based cellular backhaul will play and increasingly vital role. “The reality is that although perceived connectivity [...]

By | April 15, 2014


NYSE to Begin Trading of Globalstar Common Stock

[Via Satellite 04-15-2014] The New York Stock Exchange has approved Globalstar’s common shares for trading, which will begin on Monday, April 21, 2014. The company will be listed on the NYSE MKT under the ticker “GSAT”, and will at the same time withdraw its shares from OTCQB. Globalstar’s team will ring the NYSE opening bell [...]

By | April 15, 2014

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Boeing to Pursue Gogo In-flight Connectivity on Commercial Aircraft

[Via Satellite 04-15-2015] Gogo has signed a Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with Boeing to assess the company’s technology solutions on Boeing commercial aircraft. The TSA could mark the start of a process for potential future installation on new Boeing aircraft orders. Gogo is looking to have line-fit evaluations completed in 2015 for its ATG 4 [...]

By | April 15, 2014

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Gogo to Equip Wi-Fi on Air Canada’s North American Fleet

[Via Satellite 04-14-2014] Gogo will roll-out Wi-Fi on Air Canada’s North American fleet this May. In this agreement, Gogo satellites will also undergo type-testing in the future for enablement of Wi-Fi on Air Canada international flights. These trials are planned for 2015. The agreement makes Air Canada the first airline in Canada to offer in-flight [...]

By | April 14, 2014