FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Asia-Pacific Satellite Market Has Become a Global Investment
Could the Asia-Pacific regional market pull some satellite companies through a prolonged recession? It’s possible, considering how geographically diverse the region’s investors are and how much money is being poured into optimistic projections over Asia’s localized direct-to-home (DTH) markets.
And it goes beyond DTH. It seems that no matter what sector of the industry you’re in, a global growth strategy will somehow find an underserved market somewhere with the figures to back it up. It shouldn’t surprise anyone, as the combined population of China and India alone accounts for nearly half of the global population. All it takes a small fraction of that market to fall in love with a service or product and, all of a sudden, your executive management is booking monthly trans-Pacific flights.
In an interview with Via Satellite, Paul Brown-Kenyon, COO of regional operator Measat Satellite Systems of Malaysia, confirmed that Asia’s growth prospects are attracting U.S. and European media investors. He cited to China and India as examples of how Asia’s demand for telecommunications services is helping satellite providers maintain their momentum.
If CommunicAsia 2009 serves as a bellwether of where the regional market is headed — with its much more aggressive contract environment — it is extremely good news for the invested industries.
— Jeffrey Hill, News Editor.
CASBAA Wins Major Piracy Settlement in Philippines Piracy Battle
The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) received a settlement in a broadcasting piracy case against Turtle Cable, accused of operating as an infringing cable TV IP operator in the Philippines. The association called the settlement a “breakthrough,” providing a legally binding deterrent to prevent pay-TV piracy in the Philippines ...More»
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Vizada Launches ThurayaIP
Vizada launched the ThurayaIP broadband mobile satellite service, Vizada announced ...More»
Globalstar Names New CEO
Globalstar has appointed Peter Dalton CEO, taking over for Jay Monroe, who will sit on the company's board ...More»
ABS Acquires Koreasat-2
Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) is acquiring the Koreasat-2 satellite from Korea Telecom ...More»
Telesat Transfers Telstar 10/Apstar 2R to APT Satellite
Telesat has finalized a $69 million deal with APT Satellite to transfer its interest in the Telstar 10 satellite back to APT ...More»
Report: Indian DTH Market Expected to See Strong Growth
The Indian direct-to-home (DTH) market will still see strong levels of growth despite the economic recession, according to a report by research company RNCOS ...More»
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MSS Operators Target Asian Broadcast Markets with Next-Generation Developments
Mobile broadcast satellite customers have been pushing for improvements to video streaming service, prompting companies like Inmarsat and Thuraya to explore creative developments to their next-generation services, Richard Denny, senior vice president of global networks and engineering for Inmarsat, told Via Satellite ...More»
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SingTel Exec says Satellite Becoming More Important
SingTel is a major presence on the Asian communications landscape. The telco has launched IPTV in Singapore with its mio TV service, which has reached the 100,000 customer mark. It also has a significant presence in the satellite arena. Titus Yong, SingTel’s vice president of satellite talks about the importance of satellite technology for SingTel and how the company is using satellites to become an even stronger force across the region ...More»
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SES Wins Korea Telecom C-band Capacity Deal
SES Americom-New Skies signed a three-year capacity agreement with Korea Telecom (KT) for the use of up to 9 megahertz of C-band capacity on the NSS-703 and NSS-12 satellites ...More»
BT Media Extends Reach into Central, Northeast Asia Through Satellite Deal
[Satellite Today 06-26-09] BT Media & Broadcast signed a deal with CET Teleport to extend its Global Media Network (GMN) reach using satellite ...More»
SingTel Buys C-band Capacity on ABS-2
SingTel signed a transponder purchase agreement with Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) for multiple C-band transponders on the ABS-2 satellite at a cost of about $55 million over two years ...More»
Gilat Selected to Build Broadband Networks in Papua New Guinea
Telikom PNG, a government-owned telecommunications operator serving Papua New Guinea, has selected Gilat Satellite Networks’ SkyEdge and SkyEdge 2 platforms to provide a broadband satellite communications network covering hundreds of sites ...More»
C-Com Delivers Multiple Enterprise System Orders in China
C-Com Satellite Systems has delivered iNetVu Mobile Flyaway systems to China Petroleum and Chemical Corp ...More»
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