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…