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Viasat Expanded Relationship with Honeywell for Ka-band Inflight Internet Services

May 17, 2018 – Viasat and Honeywell announced an expanded agreement where Honeywell, as part of its GoDirect Cabin Connectivity suite of services, will offer Viasat’s high-speed Ka-band in-flight internet service to large and mid-cabin business jet customers. Viasat’s Ka-band service is proven to support more passengers and more devices simultaneously through all phases of…

Thales Alenia Space Chosen as Partner in PLATO

May 15, 2018 – The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen OHB System AG as prime contractor for a new program called PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars), with Thales Alenia Space as a partner. Negotiations between ESA and OHB should be completed by mid-June 2018, with the satellite to be launched in 2026…

Thaicom Expands MCPC Broadcast Platform on Thaicom-6 in Africa

May 14, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the signature of an agreement with Mediavision a European based content delivery specialist providing end-to-end solutions to the broadcast and media industry for the expansion of its Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) broadcast platform in Africa. The MCPC broadcast platform is a cost-effective distribution solution, providing broadcasters…

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Successfully Launched

May 11, 2018 – The very first satellite of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, successfully took off from Cape Canaveral launch site on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This telecommunications and Broadcasting satellite is targeted to narrow the digital divide, as it will take broadcasting and telecommunication services to rural areas and introduce profitable services, including direct-to-home…

VT iDirect Extends Partnership with Kymeta to Resell KyWay Satellite Terminals

May 8, 2018 – VT iDirect has extended its partnership with Kymeta in an agreement to become an official reseller of the KyWay Terminal (KyWay Terminal) to its global base of mobility-focused partners. The Kymeta KyWay Terminal integrates ground breaking mTenna flat-panel antenna technology and the industry’s leading iDirect X7 modem, to serve a broad…

LM-3B Successfully Launches APSTAR-6C Satellite

May 4, 2017 – APSTAR-6C satellite was launched successfully by the LM-3B launch vehicle from Xichang Satellite Launch Center at Sichuan province of China. APSTAR-6C satellite will enhance the Asia-Pacific satellite communications, broadcasting services capabilities. APSTAR-6C satellite which is designed and manufactured by CAST is based on the DFH-4 platform and with a designed life…

We Are IT Philippines Signs Bulk Broadband Capacity Deal with Thaicom

May 2, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited and We Are IT Philippines Inc. (WIT) – the leading satellite broadband service provider in the Philippines – have signed a multi-year capacity wholesale agreement aimed at providing connectivity for the rollout of nationwide enterprise and government broadband projects. According to the terms of the agreement, WIT…

Malaysia’s Asian Horror Channel, BOO Available in the Philippines via MEASAT

May 2, 2018 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (‘MEASAT’) announced an agreement with Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad’s (‘Astro’) to distribute BOO via MEASAT-3a at 91.5°E. BOO, available in Malaysia and the Philippines, delivers 24-hour Asian horror content ranging from psycho-thrillers to other sub-genres such as horror-comedy, horror-action and more. With BOO, Astro continues to…

Qatar Airways Commences Rollout of Inmarsat GX Aviation

April 30, 2018 – Inmarsat’s GX Aviation inflight broadband service is currently being rolled out on more than 130 of Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft. Qatar Airways is the first airline in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to offer GX Aviation, the world’s first inflight broadband solution with reliable,…

Yahsat Signs an Agreement to Purchase a Majority Stake in Thuraya

April 26, 2018 – Yahsat has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in the mobile satellite services operator Thuraya, also based in the UAE, subject to final pre-closing conditions being met. The acquisition of the UAE’s first home grown satellite operator, Thuraya, will significantly expand Yahsat’s current satellite solutions portfolio for both…

Inmarsat Signs CTTIC and ADCC as China Distribution Partners

April 24, 2018 – Inmarsat has signed a contract with China Transport Telecommunication Information Group Company Limited (CTTIC) to build a local SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) satellite communication operation platform in China. In addition, Inmarsat, CTTIC and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) will jointly provide the advanced SB-S aviation safety service to the fast-growing Chinese aviation industry.…

Comtech Awarded Contracts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

April 20, 2018 – Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that during its third quarter of fiscal 2018, its subsidiary, Comtech Systems, Inc, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, received orders of approximately $6.5 million to provide tactical troposcatter equipment and to design and install ISR Video Downlink Systems for the Armed Forces of the…

Arianespace to Launch BSAT-4b

April 19, 2018 – Arianespace announced that it will launch BSAT-4b, under the term of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and Maxar’s SSL. BSAT-4b will be launched by an Ariane 5 in 2020 from the Guiana Space Center, Kourou, French Guiana, as part of a turnkey contract between the Japanese satellite operator B-SAT and the…

Eutelsat Completes the Sale of its Stake in Hispasat for 302 Million Euros

April 18, 2018 – Eutelsat Communications announced that its 33.69% stake in the Spanish satellite operator, Hispasat, has been sold for a consideration of 302 million euros. The transaction concludes an agreement reached in May 2017 between Eutelsat and Abertis which was recently approved by the Spanish Council of Ministers, thereby lifting the last condition…

Inmarsat Introduces SB-S into Commercial Service

April 17, 2018 – Inmarsat has entered commercial service with SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S). The next-generation satellite IP platform is designed to meet the needs of aviation data communications in the digital age and offers airlines game-changing visibility into their airline operations. It is the first and only global, secure, broadband platform for operations and safety communications.…

Intellian Opens in China to Build Largest Asia Network in Market

April 16, 2018 – Intellian has established a Chinese corporation subsidiary in Shanghai and officially started operations there to better meet local customer demand. Intellian provides products and technical support to partner companies on every continent of the world through its 10 subsidiaries based in the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, Singapore and other regions. And now…

Thuraya Unveils the World’s First Satellite Smartphone

April 11, 2018 – Thuraya unveiled the world’s first satellite smartphone during its partner conference in Dubai. The Thuraya X5-Touch runs on the Android Operating System and has a 5.2” full HD touchscreen. It targets users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage across a range of market sectors including government missions, energy…

Inmarsat GX Aviation to Power Inflight Broadband for Citilink Indonesia

April 11, 2018 – Inmarsat has signed a MoU with Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik, to provide a world-class inflight broadband service to passengers onboard Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Citilink Indonesia’s fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft. This collaboration of four leading technology companies will enable Citilink to provide a unique…

Speedcast Expands Capacity on AsiaSat 9

April 10, 2018 – AsiaSat announced an expansion and renewal agreement with Speedcast to utilise multiple C- and Ku-band transponders on the brand new AsiaSat 9. This upgrade will enhance high quality managed network services for Speedcast’s global customers in the Mobility, Maritime, Energy, Enterprise and Government sectors, and for cellular backhaul solutions to emerging…

KT Skylife Renews Content Protection Partnership with Nagra

April 6, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group company and a leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced that its NexGuard watermarking solution for pay-TV was selected by Korean satellite broadcaster KT Skylife. This partnership allows KT Skylife to meet forensic watermarking requirements mandated by MovieLabs’ Enhanced Content Protection for premium…

SES Appoints John-Paul Hemingway as CEO of SES Networks

April 6, 2018 – SES announced that John-Paul Hemingway has been appointed as CEO of SES Networks with effect from 5 April 2018, succeeding Steve Collar who officially takes on his new position as President & CEO of SES. In his new function, Hemingway will join the Executive Committee of SES which then comprises Steve…

Ariane 5 Orbits DSN-1/Superbird-8 for SKY Perfect JSAT and HYLAS 4 for Avanti Communications

April 5, 2018 – Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites: DSN-1/Superbird-8 for SKY Perfect JSAT; and HYLAS 4 for Avanti Communications. Arianespace’s third launch of the year took place on April 5, 2018 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Superbird-8 will provide telecom services, primarily for the Japanese market,…

Eutelsat Orders KONNECT VHTS, a New-Generation Satellite from Thales

April 5, 2018 – Eutelsat Communications announced the order of a next-generation VHTS satellite system named KONNECT VHTS, to support the development of its European fixed broadband and in-flight connectivity businesses. The satellite, which is due to enter into service in 2021, will be built by Thales Alenia Space which will develop a satellite and…

Iridium and Speedcast Partner to Deliver Next-generation Satellite Broadband Solutions

March 27, 2018 – Iridium Communications announced that Speedcast has signed an agreement to become a land-mobile service provider for its next-generation satellite broadband technology, Iridium Certus. Speedcast joins a world-class group of service providers and will help further expand the Iridium Certus footprint. Designed for on-the-move vehicles, assets and teams, Iridium Certus will support…

SSL Selected to Provide Direct Broadcasting Satellite to B-SAT

March 26, 2018 – SSL announced that it was selected as a trusted partner to provide a broadcasting satellite for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). As the leading broadcasting satellite operator in Japan, B-SAT will use the Direct-to-Home (DTH) television satellite to ensure exceptional ultra-high definition video distribution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. SSL provided…

Globecomm to Introduce Fronthaul, Switching, and Backhaul Solutions for 5G Evolution

March 23, 2018 – Globecomm will introduce an integrated solution set of acceleration, optimization, fronthaul, switching, and backhaul capabilities to support the 3G/4G evolution to the emerging 5G standard. Globecomm’s solutions enable carriers to extend mobility cost-effectively and profitably into rural, remote, and underserved regions, where the standard fiber-to-the-base-station architecture is challenged. The company has…

THAICOM and CANAL+ Sign Capacity Agreement in Myanmar

March 21, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the signature of a multi-year contract with CANAL+ Overseas Myanmar, the CANAL+ subsidiary in charge of broadcasting internationally and in Myanmar. CANAL+ is part of Vivendi SA, one of the largest media companies based in France. The contract is part of CANAL+ Myanmar’s launch of a…

TVNZ Chooses AsiaSat 5 to Deliver Live Coverage of 2018 Commonwealth Games

March 20, 2018 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) and Television New Zealand (TVNZ) have collaborated to deliver live coverage of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games via AsiaSat 5. This collaboration is integral to TVNZ’s extensive plan of providing the largest-ever free to air coverage of the Games in New Zealand and enabling…

Airbus Launches Photonics Payload Technology Project – OPTIMA

March 15, 2018 – Airbus has launched the OPTIMA project, which will deliver a proof of concept demonstrator for the use of photonic payloads in telecommunications satellites. The OPTIMA project, which is led by Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage and part of Horizon 2020 funded by the European Commission, comprises specialist partners from across…

ILS Secures Additional Launch Orders for Proton Medium Vehicle

March 15, 2018 – ILS has announced multiple launch assignments for Proton Medium launches that will include the use of both the 4.35 meter and the new 5.2 meter payload fairing. The missions will take place beginning in late 2019 from Pad 24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Proton Medium launch vehicle is…

Global Eagle Entertainment Expands Aero Network from Hughes

March 14, 2018 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC and Global Eagle Entertainment announced two major enhancements to Global Eagle’s global connectivity network that bring more capacity and faster speeds to airlines and their passengers. First, the Hughes JUPITER aeronautical system is being deployed to support continued expansion of Global Eagle’s airline connectivity customers worldwide, and…

Gilat Launches Complete Dual Band Aero Terminal for Commercial In-flight Connectivity

March 12, 2018 – Gilat Satellite Networks has launched AeroEdge 6000, a highly efficient, high performance terminal for commercial in-flight connectivity. The dual-band terminal includes Gilat’s Ku/Ka band antenna, MODMAN, and Wavestream transceivers. The AeroEdge 6000 high performance terminal operates in both Ka and Ku band providing aeronautical broadband satellite communication for high-speed Internet and…

VT iDirect Expands iQ Remote Portfolio

March 12, 2018 – VT iDirect announced it is extending the iQ Remote portfolio with three new series: the iQ 200, the iQ 800 and the iQ 1000, which will deliver higher throughput rates and advanced features for enterprise, telecommunication, aerospace, maritime and land-mobility markets. The iQ Series is VT iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2/DVB-S2X remote portfolio…

Successful Launch of Four O3b Satellites

March 9, 2018 – SES announced that its four new O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites were successfully launched into space by Arianespace onboard a Soyuz rocket, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. The new Ka-band satellites will join SES’s existing constellation of 12 MEO satellites, orbiting at approximately 8,000 km from…

Intellian to Introduce GX Mediator, a Dual Antenna Solution

March 8, 2018 – Intellian, the world’s leading provider of stabilized satellite antenna systems, is launching its Inmarsat approved GX Mediator. At the heart of this solution is Intellian’s GX Mediator, a device that takes care of switching between two GX antennas allowing for seamless coverage by mitigating blockage. This solution is ideal for ships…

Australia’s Largest Urban Fire Service Integrates PTT Tech Developed by Cobham

March 7, 2017 – Fire & Rescue New South Wales, Australia’s largest urban fire service and the fourth largest in the world, has integrated cutting-edge Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology developed by Cobham and its partner Wireless Innovation within its existing communications network. By combining satellite and land mobile radio into a single ubiquitous network, the new…

Comtech EF Data Expands Heights Networking Platform Portfolio

March 7, 2018 – Comtech EF Data Corp. announced that it expanded its Heights Networking Platform portfolio to include three new and innovative Remote Gateways. The new Remote Gateways include both indoor and outdoor models – the indoor H-Plus Remote Gateway, and two outdoor units, the H-Plus-ODU Remote Gateway and the H-Pro-ODU Remote Gateway. The…

Successful Launch of the Hispasat 30W-6 Satellite

March 6, 2018 – HISPASAT, the Spanish satellite communications operator, successfully launched its twelfth satellite, Hispasat 30W-6, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop SpaceX’s launch vehicle Falcon 9. From its orbital position at 30º West, Hispasat 30W-6 will replace and broaden the capacity of Hispasat 30W-4.…

Inmarsat and Airservices Australia Partner to Improve Aviation Safety and Efficiency

March 5, 2018 – Inmarsat has partnered with Airservices Australia to initiate satellite voice (SatVoice) communications evaluations for air traffic services in Australia in areas beyond the reach of traditional VHF voice coverage. Through the partnership with Inmarsat, Airservices Australia will help airlines and operators to complement conventional voice communications equipment with modern digital technology.…

APSTAR TV App Launched in Apps Market

March 2, 2018 – APT Satellite Company Limited (APT Satellite) announced formal launch of APSTAR TV App download for Android and iOS. The App, namely “APSTAR TV” provides live-streaming for a variety of TV channels, as well as their time-shift recordings for seven days. By using “APSTAR TV”, media customers’ TV channels can broadcast both…

Blue Ant Media Selects MEASAT for its Asia Pacific Video Distribution

February 27, 2018 – MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MEASAT) announced an agreement with international content producer, distributor and channel operator, Blue Ant Media to distribute six (6) video channels across Asia Pacific, further reinforcing its 91.5°E orbital position as Asia’s leading video neighbourhood. As part of a new carriage deal, Blue Ant Entertainment HD,…

Thaicom Launches Nava™ Maritime Service Platform

February 26, 2018 – Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the introduction of Nava™, the company’s new maritime service platform for ship and offshore operators. With the launch of Nava, Thaicom is expanding its broadband service platform to support the maritime industry’s digital transformation. Thaicom Nava is a high-speed broadband service designed to connect everyone and…

Orbith Connects Rural Argentina, Powered by Newtec

February 22, 2018 – Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, announced its technology is being deployed by Orbith, a wholesale provider of high-speed Internet services. Buenos Aires-based Orbith is building a new VSAT network connecting 20,000 sites to provide consumer and business connectivity to the Buenos Aires…

Palau Telecoms to Enjoy ‘always on’ Connectivity with SES Networks

February 19, 2018 – Customers of Palau’s local internet services provider Palau Telecoms will continue to enjoy enhanced and reliable fibre-like connectivity delivered by SES Networks. SES announced that in the latest contract signed, Palau Telecoms, which has been enjoying SES’s Networks exceptional networks performance since 2014, will be extending its contract until 2020, and…

Intellian and Inmarsat Embark on Next-generation FleetBroadband Development

February 19, 2018 – Inmarsat and Intellian signed an outline agreement that will support major enhancements to Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service for the next decade and beyond. The new agreement will see Intellian design and manufacture a new generation of FleetBroadband terminals that will support the existing I-4 network alongside the major advances coming with Inmarsat’s…

UnicomAirNet Chooses Eutelsat for IFC Services in Asia Pacific

February 16, 2018 – UnicomAirNet (UAN) has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Asia, an affiliate of Eutelsat Communications, to address the fast-growing in-flight connectivity (IFC) market in the Asia Pacific region. UnicomAirNet was established in 2017 by China Unicom’s broadband network unit and Hangmei, ChineseWi-Fi service and content provider for railways and buses, to…

Gogo’s 2Ku Equipped Aircraft First to Utilize SES-15 HTS Capacity

February 14, 2018 – Gogo announced that it has more than 200 aircraft equipped with its 2Ku inflight connectivity technology utilizing the increased capacity delivered by SES-15. These aircraft came online in SES-15’s first operational month and are the first to benefit from the new high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity. SES-15 entered service in January…

Eurovision Media Services and Eutelsat Extend Long-term Partnership

February 8, 2018 – Eurovision Media Services , the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and Eutelsat announced the renewal and expansion of their partnership for capacity in Ku-band via a number of contracts on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite. These multi-year, multi transponder contracts will further expand the infrastructure used by Eurovision Media…

Speedcast Secures Contract with NBN Co Australia

February 5, 2018 – Speedcast International Limited has secured a 10-year contract with Australian government-owned infrastructure provider NBN Co Limited to deliver enterprise-grade satellite services. Speedcast’s wholly-owned subsidiary and dedicated entity, Speedcast Managed Services, will partner with NBN Co to design, build and manage NBN Co’s enterprise satellite services. The value of the base network…