Feature

DTV Dish satellite

Dish-DirecTV Merger Facing Familiar Hurdles in Different Media Environment

[Via Satellite 04-01-2014] News of talks between Charlie Ergen, chairman of the board of Dish, and Mike White, CEO of DirecTV, fueled a brief rise in the stocks of both companies last week. The news, which Bloomberg brought to light, has reignited discussions on whether a merger is possible. Dish and DirecTV attempted to merge [...]

By | April 1, 2014

John Guidon, Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of Global Eagle. 
Photo: Global Eagle

Global Eagle CTO: Thaicom Partnership Part of Expansion Plans

[Via Satellite 09-24-2013] Global Eagle Entertainment, a global provider of satellite-based In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) for airlines, and Thaicom, a satellite communications provider in Asia-Pacific, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to mutually develop, implement and support in-flight connectivity solutions for airlines in Thailand and the surrounding region. The partnership “makes sense in [...]

By | September 25, 2013

In-Flight Connectivity

The Connected Aircraft: Four Airlines, Four Views

The era of the connected aircraft is here and satellite is powering solutions that will impact the crew, business travelers, and people flying in economy. In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services, which were touted initially as tailored for business travelers, have now become part of the mainstream as satellite plays a bigger role in the future of [...]

By | August 20, 2013

Cellular Backhaul: Remote Possibilities

Mobile operators use satellite cellular backhaul to extend voice and data services to rural areas. In fact, cellular backhaul is seen as a key growth driver for satellite companies over the next few years, particularly in developing markets. As a provider of business-grade network solutions, K-Net has been busy building up its client base throughout [...]

By | August 1, 2013

Flyaway_Cropped

A Fresh Look at Flyaway Terminals

Wanted: World traveler. Applicant must be rugged and well built. Must be able to travel on a moment’s notice to any continent via commercial, military, or personal aircraft and be able to live out of a suitcase for extended periods. Work locations include war zones, disaster areas, and other hostile environments. Self-starter preferred. Successful candidate [...]

By | August 1, 2013

Disaster

Disaster Recovery: Satellite More Prominent than Ever

A seminal moment in disaster recovery occurred in 1988 when a fire destroyed a central office operated by Illinois Bell in the suburbs of Chicago. The Hinsdale Central Office handled 40,000 local phone lines, which supported the O’Hare International Airport and numerous businesses. Service wasn’t restored for weeks and, one by one, thriving businesses failed [...]

By | July 1, 2013

Bandwidth management equations on a blackboard

Bandwidth Management: A More Complex Equation?

The issue of inadequate bandwidth has become a business problem. Consumers, fed up with slow connections, seek alternate providers; companies or researchers wishing to do video conferencing or trying to crunch data on high-speed computers, lose money and time waiting for crowded Internet connections to let them do their work. Bandwidth is a finite resource, [...]

By | July 1, 2013

Hosted Payloads: Deal Tracker

The hosted payload market has kicked into life in spectacular fashion this year with a number of contracts being announced. With speculation always abound about potential deals to come, 2013 is set to be the year when we see the whole hosted payload market reach new heights. EMC/Arabsat Arabsat and Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) signed [...]

By | June 1, 2013

Lack of Capacity Impeding DTH Progress in India

India has a population of more than a billion people, multiple languages and a developing economy. At the start of the last decade, DishTV had the DTH market pretty much to itself; however, with a number of new entrants in recent years, such as Tata Sky, Bharti Airtel with Airtel TV, and Reliance Communications with [...]

By | June 1, 2013

Raising the Stakes in Network Management

The emergence of Ka-band satellites and ever-more complex terrestrial networks such as 4G are driving greater network capacity gains. With these networks, the number of connected devices and connected components has grown exponentially. Not surprisingly, the stakes for network management – the technology that ensures networks perform as expected and recover quickly in the event [...]

By | June 1, 2013