Gwynne Shotwell at the 33rd Space Symposium.

SpaceX, Satellite Images and OneWeb – Year in Review

Like any year in the fast-paced satellite industry, 2017 was brimming with new innovations, earth-shaking business deals, and some competitive drama for good measure. Just in case you missed anything, here’s a wrap-up of our top 10 most read stories of the year. 1. Is This the End of DSTV’s Reign in the Nigerian Pay […]

By | December 18, 2017

Rendition of SES' combined GEO/MEO constellation. Photo: SES.

SES to Enable Satellite 5G Demonstrations for ESA

SES is expanding its efforts to support 5G developments as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) project, SATis5, where it will be enabling demonstrations of satellite-terrestrial integration for 5G networks. The testbed infrastructure will comprise SES’ fleet of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, which […]

By | December 18, 2017

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Google Explores Using Light Beams to Connect Rural India

While Google has become known for its high speed fiber, the company has also expressed interest in doing away with cables altogether. In India, Google subsidiary X has partnered with a local telecom operator to use Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) to provide internet to rural communities in the region. Read more at TechCrunch.

By | December 18, 2017

Rendition of ViaSat's expanding headquarters in Carlsbad, California. Photo: ViaSat.

ViaSat Opens New Offices in Europe and the US

ViaSat announced it officially opened new offices in Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. According to the company, the new offices aim to drive innovation by leveraging the talented candidate pools in the local regions. The ViaSat Austin office will be a hub for the company’s growing DevOps teams to support its satellite services […]

By | December 18, 2017

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ITC Global on Leveraging HTS to Unlock New Opportunities for NGOs

ITC Global, a subsidiary of Panasonic Avionics, sees High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and eventually Extreme High Throughput Satellite (XTS) systems as key to lowering prices for its customers in the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) vertical. Although Panasonic is largely upgrading its network to cater to In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) demands, ITC Global executives asserted in an interview […]

By | December 15, 2017

A nanosatellite in ELSE’s AstroCast constellation, rendering. Photo: ELSE

Astrocast Oversubscribes Seed Round for a Total of $4.1 Million

Astrocast (formerly known as Else) announced its latest seed round funding was oversubscribed by $1.1 million Swiss Francs ($1.1 million), bringing the total seed round to $4.1 million., a Swiss start-up investor, provided the additional capital, adding to the current seed investors which includes Airbus Ventures as well as numerous additional Swiss- and internationally-based […]

By | December 15, 2017

A Toyota RAV4 equipped with a Kymeta KyWay antenna. Photo: Kymeta.

Kymeta Launches Mobile Satellite Internet with Kalo

Kymeta and partner Intelsat announced that Kalo internet access is now available with broad initial geographic coverage. According to Kymeta, Kalo will make purchasing mobile satellite communications as easy to buy as a mobile phone plan. Kalo internet services, powered by the IntelsatOne Flex network, deliver connectivity when paired with Kymeta’s flat-panel, electronically-steered satellite terminals […]

By | December 15, 2017

U.S. Capitol

Legal Legacies: Milestones In Satellite History – From our Archive

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today voted to repeal net neutrality rules that had been set in place by the previous administration. While it’s unclear what the wider ramifications of this major decision will be, some have lauded the decision as a potential boon for satellite and other Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Here, we take […]

By | December 14, 2017

Artist rendition of LeoSat satellites.

LeoSat to Help Upgrade DCS Telecom’s Satellite Solutions

LeoSat Enterprises, which aims to launch a constellation of up to 108 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications satellites, has entered into an agreement with DCS Telecom, a telecoms provider of satellite and networking solutions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. DCS Telecom will use LeoSat to upgrade its existing satellite solutions, giving customers access […]

By | December 14, 2017

Rendition of PeruSat in orbit. Photo: Airbus.

PeruSat 1 Satellite Sees ROI in Just One Year

PeruSat 1 has completed its first year of operation and the Peruvian government has recently declared that, in that time, the investment it has made into the satellite program has already been recouped. The Airbus-built Earth Observation (EO) satellite has acquired more than 71,000 images which have been delivered to more than 80 organizations across […]

By | December 13, 2017

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