Heavy traffic fills downtown Beijing under a clear blue sky July 4, 2013. Photo:

China Pursues 5G, Secure Quantum Communications Network

As part of its efforts to provide broadband for 70 percent of the country’s households, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced it is pursing three significant infrastructure projects. Most notably, the Chinese government is deploying 5G networks in at least five cities and is also establishing a quantum communications network near the Yangtze […]

By | December 4, 2017

Lockheed Martin technicians loaded the Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 communications satellite into its shipping container for delivery to environmental testing in California. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Completes Satellite Assembly for Hellas Sat and Arabsat

Lockheed Martin has completed the major assembly of Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 and has shipped the communications satellite to its Sunnyvale, California facility to undergo critical environmental testing. The first of the modernized LM 2100 satellites, Lockheed Martin is building Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 for Arabsat and Hellas Sat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. It will provide […]

By | December 1, 2017

Quetzaltenango farm highlands in Guatemala. Photo: Wikimedia.

Comnet to Deliver Broadband in Guatemala via SES 10

Guatemalan service provider Comnet is the first to tap into the newly launched SES Networks Enterprise+ Broadband for Latin America to enable the delivery of Quantum, a next-generation broadband service, to its end customers spanning the agricultural, tourism and mining industries. SES announced today that, in the multi-year contract, Comnet will use the carrier-class managed […]

By | December 1, 2017

Launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Vostochny 2016-04-28. A speech by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation. There is also Yuri Gagarin's face and slogan "Raise your head!" to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Gagarin's flight visible on the photo.

Russia’s First Steps into the Commercial Satellite Industry – From our Archive

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been a vocal advocate for the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a new spaceport in the Russian Far East that he hoped would reduce the country’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Unfortunately, the first two launches from Vostochny have been abject failures, including this week’s failed mission […]

By | November 30, 2017

The Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager (GMI) for NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission undergoes electromagnetic interference and compatibility testing at Ball Aerospace. Photo: Ball Aerospace.

Ball Aerospace Wins Air Force Contract for New Weather Satellite

The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has selected Ball Aerospace to deliver the operational environmental satellite system, Weather System Follow-on Microwave (WSF-M), for the Department of Defense (DOD). WSF-M is a predominantly fixed-price contract for the system design and risk reduction of a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite with a passive […]

By | November 30, 2017

Iridium's 9575 Extreme satellite phone. Photo: Flickr/Iridium.

IMF Selects Blue Sky Network for Multi-Year Comms Contract

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has chosen Blue Sky Network for a multi-year contract for Iridium satellite-based communications services. According to the contract, Blue Sky Network will supply new military-grade Iridium 9575 Extreme satellite phones for IMF personnel traveling in high-risk regions around the world. IMF is an organization that comprises 189 countries, working collaboratively […]

By | November 30, 2017

Ships and oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Wikimedia.

Marlink Adds Tampnet 4G LTE to its Sealink Network

Marlink has introduced a connectivity boost for its Gulf of Mexico customers with the addition of Tampnet’s 4G LTE services to its high-speed Sealink multi-band network. Offshore support vessels and ships can order Tampnet 4G connectivity fully integrated with the Marlink network as SmartConnect, augmenting the already available Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), L-band satcom […]

By | November 29, 2017

Rendition of Cobham's GX antenna diversity solution. Photo: Cobham Satcom.

Cobham Says It Can Reduce Installation Costs for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress

Cobham Satcom has revealed a new solution that it claims can significantly reduce the cost and simplify the installation and management of Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) networks using multiple Ka-band antennas. Multiple antennas are frequently used on board to overcome link losses caused by satellite blocking from the ship structure or other deck equipment. According […]

By | November 29, 2017

An Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR takes off from Toronto, Canada. Photo: Flickr/BriYYZ.

Air Canada Offers Free Gogo Wi-Fi for Frequent Flyers

Gogo announced that Air Canada is now the first North American airline to offer the choice of complimentary Gogo Wi-Fi to their most frequent flyers. Each year, Air Canada recognizes its most frequent flyers with Altitude status and offers them the ability to choose select privileges to personalize their travel experience. Beginning later this year, […]

By | November 28, 2017

OmniAccess teleport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Photo: OmniAccess.

Marlink Absorbs OmniAccess to Corner Maritime VSAT Market

Backed by Apax Partners, Marlink has signed a definite agreement to acquire a majority stake in OmniAccess. The existing management team of OmniAccess will remain unchanged and continue to keep a significant shareholding in the company. According to Marlink, the new combined group generates close to $500 million in revenues, employs about 1,000 people and […]

By | November 27, 2017

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