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Middle East and Latin America Come into Ka-Band Focus

By | September 17, 2013

      Mark Holmes PhotoWelcome to our latest edition of the Ka-band E-Letter where we summarize recent events in terms of Ka-band and High Throughput Satellites (HTS). With the demand for capacity in regions around the world still strong, many operators are adopting expansive strategies toward procuring new satellites. In our main story we talk to Khalid Balkheyour, CEO, Arabsat, about the company’s plans in terms of Ka-band. Arabsat acquired Greek satellite operator Hellas-Sat earlier this year and will be commissioning new Hellas-Sat satellites. We talk about the Ka-band play here.

      Latin America is also an interesting area for Ka-band, and recently Hughes Network Systems (HNS) and Media Networks (Latin America) did an innovative Ka-band deal in the region. We talk to Media Networks CTO Pedro Planas about the company’s aggressive move into Ka-band and why it decided to partner with Hughes to bring a Ka-band service to the region.

      Additionally, we also bring you a round-up of all the latest news in this area.

      It is still an exciting time for satellite, with huge investments going into next generation systems and as Ka-band continues to remain a hot topic for the industry. We hope you enjoy this e-letter, which keeps you up to date with al the key events in Ka-band/HTS going on in the satellite industry.