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Intelsat, PCCW Agree to Interconnect MPLS Networks

Intelsat and PCCW Global, an operating division of Hong Kong communications provider HKT, have signed a contract agreement to interconnect their Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks.

The agreement allows Intelsat and PCCW Global to offer networking services and access to the video neighborhoods to customers in Asia and other regions of the world using Intelsat’s satellite fleet and teleports serving North America and Europe.

With interconnects in London, New York and Los Angeles, the agreement also will enable Intelsat’s customers to expand into new regions via PCCW Global’s network.

Global Satellite USA Launches New Maritime GSM Service

Satellite solutions provider Global Satellite USA has launched a low-cost GSM communications service to the offshore market under the brand name GSM Oceanwide.

GSM Oceanwide was built on existing deployed cellular technology combined with the support of Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service. The solution aims to allow offshore officers and crewmembers to make onboard calls in approved areas and crew quarters. Crewmembers are required to insert a dedicated prepaid SIM card into their GSM phones to activate the service.

ViaSat Rolls Out Newsgathering Version of Exede Service

ViaSat has introduced a newsgathering version of its ViaSat-1-powered Exede broadband service that aims to enable broadcast journalists to capture, edit and deliver full HD stories from the field.

ViaSat said its new Exede Newsgathering terminals could either be vehicle-mounted or transported in a luggage-sized carrying case. The bandwidth capacity depth features of the unit aim to reduce the need for broadcasters to compete for limited bandwidth with other on-scene reporters.

The service will be available immediately in the United States on a select basis with general availability by the end of this year.

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