- Iridium Satellite LLC said the U.S. Department of Defense has exercised an option on its airtime contract, giving military personnel and other authorized users unlimited airtime on Iridium’s satellite-based communications network. The financial terms of the option were not disclosed
- SES Americom, the U.S. satellite-operating unit of SES Global [SESG], signed a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract extension with the New England Sports Network (NESN) to distribute regional sports programming in standard and high definition to fans across the six New England states. The sports network provides exclusive coverage of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins as well as minor-league baseball and hockey, local college football, basketball and other sports of interest in the region. Under the deal, the sports network will use the HD capabilities of SES Americom’s new AMC-11 satellite, one of two identical spacecraft supporting HD-PRIME, America’s only two-satellite HD cable neighborhood.
- SatWeb, a U.K.-based satellite provider, announced a partnership that will see it donate equipment and skills to improve healthcare in The Gambia. It teamed with Africa Truck Drive (ATD), a trans-Sahara truck trek to The Gambia to aid Banjul’s Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital. SatWeb will supply and install the latest mobile VSAT satellite broadband technology for ATD’s journey to The Gambia, where it later will be donated to help some of the world’s poorest people gain access to the Internet.
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