- Norwegian telecom supplier Nera will deliver a new broadband satellite gateway to Telenor Satellite Services (TSS) in a deal announced today. The new gateway – the Nera Satellite Gateway – will be located at Telenor’s teleport in Southbury, Conn. Telenor will use the new DVB-RCS SatLink System to expand its range of satellite communication solutions to meet the growing demand for broadband IP services among Telenor customers seeking a point of presence within the United States. Telenor execs outlined the benefits of the deal. Keith Regan, vice president of engineering and operations for TSS, commented, “With the Nera DVB-RCS SatLink System, Telenor Satellite Services continues to expand its portfolio of broadband Internet access services complemented by Telenor’s unique value-added extensions. These services include media streaming, video broadcasting, voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and IP multicasting, all of which are intended to meet the growing needs of enterprise customers who are not within reach of ADSL coverage.” Financial terms were not disclosed.
- Orbital Recovery Ltd. completed its second round of financing for the ConeXpress Orbital Life Extension Vehicle, allowing production to begin on the space tug in early 2005 and initial operation of the tug 36 months later. The company did not disclose the amount of financing it received, but said the company is now fully funded with addition of funds from Sweden-based Space Corp. and Spain-based Sener.
- Raytheon Co. [RTN] signed a contract with the Indian Space Research Organization Satellite Center for the ground-based elements of the GPS and geostationary earth orbit augmentation system (GAGAN) technology demonstration system When completed, GAGAN will augment the standard GPS signal with an additional signal to improve the accuracy, integrity, continuity and availability of the aircraft receiver. Financial terms were not disclosed.
- Telesat joined Helius Inc.‘s Strategic Alliance Program. The alliance will allow Helius and Telesat to create joint solutions for distribution through both companies’ sales channels. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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