May 2018

  • Speedcast Expands Capacity on AsiaSat 9
  • SKY Perfect JSAT Launches Next-Generation Maritime Broadband Service
  • Long March-5 Y3 Rocket Returns to Work
  • Arianespace to Launch BSAT-4b

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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…