Optus and Sky Television Agree on New 10-year Deal for Satellite Capacity

January 18, 2019 – Optus and New Zealand pay TV provider Sky Television have agreed a further 10-year agreement for satellite capacity. Under the deal, Optus will provide Sky with satellite capacity to 2031, with the current contract expiring in 2021. The contract is also conditional on Optus procuring fleet enhancements, including the successful launch…

RSCC Expands Satellite Communication Network Capabilities

January 17, 2019 – With the support of specialists from Istar LLC, RSCC successfully completed the installation and commissioning of five central stations based on UHP equipment to provide via-satellite communication using the Express-AM series spacecraft. This will enable RSCC to use the capacity of its satellites more efficiently and expand the capabilities of the…

CGWIC Signs Agreement with Satellogic to Launch EO Constellation of 90 Satellites

January 15, 2019 – China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) announced a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with Satellogic, the world’s first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company. CGWIC will launch 90 of Satellogic’s spacecraft from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The first launch – scheduled for later this year – will deliver a dedicated payload…

Thaicom Signs Long-term Contract with TrueVisions

January 14, 2019 – Thaicom Public Company Limited announced that True Visions Group Co., Ltd. one of Asia’s leading pay TV providers, signed a long-term transponder capacity contract for continuing its pay TV service to audiences in Thailand. The company has retained several Ku-band transponders on the new Thaicom-8 satellite which delivers pay TV services…

ESA Chooses Thales Alenia Space to Lead the FLEX Mission

January 10, 2019 – Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission. FLEX was selected in 2015 as ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer mission, and is scheduled for launch in 2023. It will make use of an innovative instrument, named…

Comtech Satellite Modems to Support US Air Force Program

January 9, 2019 – Comtech EF Data has received a $1.0 million equipment order from a defense contractor. The equipment will be deployed to support a United States Air Force program. The order specified the DMD1050TS L-Band Satellite Modem Board. The DMD1050TS is Comtech EF Data’s latest generation modem board set targeted at critical government…

Newtec Boosts Affordable Broadband across Asia-Pacific on Kacific1

January 9, 2019 – Newtec announced that its Newtec Dialog® VSAT multiservice platform has been selected by broadband satellite operator, Kacific, for its new High Throughput Satellite, Kacific1, to significantly expand its broadband service delivery in underserved areas of South East Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The initial contract is for $10million of…

Comtech Satellite Modems to Support United States Air Force Program

January 9, 2019 – Comtech EF Data has received a $1.0 million equipment order from a defense contractor. The equipment will be deployed to support a United States Air Force program. The order specified the DMD1050TS L-Band Satellite Modem Board. The DMD1050TS is Comtech EF Data’s latest generation modem board set targeted at critical government…

January 2019

  • Comtech EF Data Enables Gbps Throughput for LTE and 5G Backhaul
  • Viasat Hits 1,000 Commercial Aircraft Flying with its In-flight Connectivity System
  • SpaceX Launches Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express
  • Arianespace Orbits GSAT-11 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for ISRO and KARI

and more…

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Kratos Receives Space and Satellite Communications Contract Awards

January 1, 2019 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has received recent space and satellite communications contract awards and options on existing contracts totaling approximately $65 million. Work performed under these contract awards will be performed at secure Kratos manufacturing facilities and customer locations and is expected to be substantially completed over the next…

Speedcast and Carnival Renew Contract for Fully-Managed Communications across Global Fleet

December 24, 2018 – Speedcast International Limited has signed a new contract, with multi-year extension options, with Carnival Corporation (Carnival), the world’s largest leisure travel company. Speedcast will provide remote communications and value-added services across the company’s global fleet of cruise ships. The three-year material contract is expected to generate 8-9% of expected full year…

Comtech EF Data Corp. Enables Gbps Throughput for LTE and 5G Backhaul

December 20, 2018 – Comtech EF Data Corp. announced that it set a new industry performance record for General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) Tunneling Protocol (GTP) acceleration, enabling faster downloads and enhanced Quality of Experience (QoE) in LTE and 5G networks. As the mobile industry is preparing for the introduction of 5G, Comtech EF Data…

DNK to Build New Indonesia MSS Satellite Following Orbital Slot Award

December 19, 2018 – PT. Dini Nusa Kusama (DNK), an Indonesia satellite communications company, has been awarded the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) Orbital Slot located at 123 degrees East Longitude by the Indonesian Ministry of Communications. The Ministry awarded the strategic orbital slot above Indonesia after six months of competitive evaluation and bid qualification. DNK’s…

SSL Awarded Contract to Provide GEO SmallSat for Mobile Broadband Company

December 18, 2018 – SSL, a Maxar Technologies company announced a contract award to manufacture a small geostationary (GEO) satellite for Ovzon, a company located in the U.S. and Sweden dedicated to meeting the demand for increased mobile broadband connectivity in underserved regions. Ovzon selected the mid-size SSL-500 platform for its first satellite, which brings…

Speedcast International Completes Globecomm Acquisition

December 17, 2018 – Speedcast International announced that on December 14, 2018 it completed the acquisition of Globecomm Systems for cash consideration of $134 million (net of cash acquired). Globecomm is a leading provider of remote communications and multi-network infrastructure in over 100 countries and the acquisition strengthens Speedcast’s global leadership with enhanced competitive positions…