Satmex Eutelsat LatAm

Satellite Industry Urges Africa to Protect C-band

[Via Satellite 01-28-2015] Leaders from African nations have gathered for a meeting arranged by the African Telecommunication Union to ready for the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) this November in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting, held in Abuja, Nigeria, is where African states will define their stance on whether or not to give mobile operators access [...]

By | January 28, 2015

OG2 SNC Orbcomm

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

ETL Systems Vulcan Matrix

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

NetHope Africa Ebola

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

AirTRx25 Antenna

Asian Defense Customer Awards Airborne Satcom Contract to Orbit Communications

[Via Satellite 01-26-2015] Orbit Communications Systems announced it has received a substantial contract from a large defense organization in eastern Asia for a satellite communications solution designed for airborne platforms. According to the company, the unnamed buyer has been a longstanding customer, and has used its tracking and telemetry solution for several years. Due to the [...]

By | January 26, 2015

Port Moresby Papua New Guinea

SpeedCast Signs Capacity Deal with O3b for Papua New Guinea

[Via Satellite 01-21-2015] SpeedCast International has entered an agreement with O3b Networks to use its satellites to provide high throughput, low latency services to Papua New Guinea. O3b’s network of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites will support voice and data services with latency of less than 150 milliseconds, while SpeedCast’s traditional Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO)-based [...]

By | January 22, 2015

Gazprom Space Systems

Sonema Taps Yamal 402 Satellite for Services in Africa

[Via Satellite 01-21-2015] Monaco-based telecom services integrator and operator Sonema is leasing capacity from Gazprom Space System’s Yamal 402 satellite for telecommunications services in Africa. The company is using satellite capacity to serve banking and oil and gas customers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger and Burkina Faso. Sonema owns two teleports in France [...]

By | January 22, 2015

Hughes satellite dish

Hughes Adds ‘SmartTechnologies’ to New Satellite Broadband Plans

[Via Satellite 01-21-2015] Hughes Network Systems has updated its Gen4 satellite Internet plans with Hughes SmartTechnologies, bringing improvements in downloading, browsing and data usage management. SmartTechnologies is comprised of four tools for improving the company’s satellite Internet offerings. SmartFetch reduces the number of “hops” needed to retrieve content, thus increasing speeds, while SmartCompression shrinks web [...]

By | January 21, 2015

Boeing 737 Plane Aircraft

GEE Brings Satellite Connectivity to New 737s

[Via Satellite 01-20-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) Ku-band satellite connectivity system provisions will now be offerable on new Boeing 737 airplanes — the most popular commercial aircraft offering. The two companies are working on line-fit installation feasibility for catalogue offering consideration. Airlines ordering new Boeing 737 airplanes will then have the option of including pre-installed satellite connectivity by GEE in [...]

By | January 20, 2015

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O3b Networks Expects Satellite to Outpace Fiber in Pacific this Year

[Via Satellite 01-20-2015] O3b Networks anticipates that its rollout of satellite services among Pacific Islands will surpass fiber for international connectivity to individual countries in 2015. As of January 2015, the company has contracted 5 Gbps of total capacity to the Pacific region, according to a statement. O3b cited advancing national broadband plans as part [...]

By | January 20, 2015

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