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Talia’s Quika to Provide Free Satellite Internet to Africa and Middle East

Quika Ltd. has launched the world’s first entirely free high-speed satellite internet for developing countries. According to a Quika press release, the new service is being provided to “address a leading cause of economic and social inequality.” Quika aims to close what it sees as an investment gap in areas …

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Arabsat and CETel to Offer Business Continuity Services

Arabsat and German communications solutions provider CETel are partnering to provide business continuity services across the Middle East and North Africa. CETel specialises in end-to-end communications solutions, with an emphasis on fiber-optic cabling. Both companies indicated that emerging Big Data requirements of clients, arising from the growing Internet of Things …

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SATCOM Along the Belt and Road? Sri Lanka’s SupremeSAT Receives Investment From China’s Tatwah Smartech Co. Ltd.

Xiaoru Cai, the Chairman of China’s Tatwah Smartech Co. Ltd., took part in a ceremony on January 15, 2018, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, announcing a U.S.$30 million investment in SupremeSAT, the only Sri Lankan satellite communications company. The investment is intended to help SupremeSAT expand its geographical reach with its …

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UAE’s Al Aan TV HD to be Broadcast on Arabsat’s BADR-4 Satellite

Arabsat has announced that Dubai-based Al Aan TV will be broadcast in High Definition (HD) on Arabsat’s BADR-4 satellite, allowing the channel to be beamed into millions of homes in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia. Al Aan TV broadcasts a mix of entertainment and current events programming …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Spacepower and Sea Control in the South China Sea and Beyond

The recent announcement by China to orbit ten Earth observation satellites to solidify its sovereign claim for the South China Sea is a harbinger of the competitions to come for the control of other vital strategic waters across the globe. ThorGroup’s Chairman and President, Dr. John B. Sheldon, examines this phenomenon …

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UAE’s Yahsat and Tanaza Partner to Increase the Number of Public Wi-Fi Hotspots Globally

Yahsat, the UAE based satellite operator, announced on January 10, 2018, the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tanaza , the Italian Wi-Fi cloud management software provider. Under the terms of the MoU, Tanaza will provide Yahsat with a web platform to manage multiple users accessing Wi-Fi and …

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CETel to Provide Fibre-Like Connectivity in Africa Via SES Networks’ MEO Fleet

CETel, a leading German service provider of global managed end-to-end communications solutions, has signed a five-year contract with SES Networks to connect new exploration and production sites in Africa via SES Networks’ medium earth orbit (MEO) O3b satellite constellation, SES and CETel announced today. CETel will leverage the O3b fleet’s …

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ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon announced on January 9, 2018, that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in December 1959 is an international public organization of 18 members States which headquarters is located in Dakar, Senegal. ASECNA’s members states …

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Eutelsat and China Unicom to Provide Satellite Communications for Belt and Road Initiative

On the occasion of French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China, Eutelsat Communications has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China United Network Communications Co., Ltd. (China Unicom) that is aimed at addressing the fast-growing satellite communications market in Asia-Pacific in the framework of the Belt and Road initiative. …

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Dalkom Somalia Launches iDirect Network to Expand Satellite Connectivity in Somalia

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced on January 3, 2018, that Dalkom Somalia has installed an iDirect Hub and will leverage iDirect’s series remotes to provide high-speed satellite connectivity in Somalia. The new iDirect network will enable Dalkom Somalia to scale its …

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