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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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Inmarsat Report Finds IoT in Mining Sector Essential for Competitive Edge

Businesses in the mining industry are backing the Internet of Things (IoT) to help them retain their market share, as competition in the sector intensifies, the quality of seams decreases and profit margins are put under pressure. According to the latest research from Inmarsat, the Internet of Things (IoT) will …

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Israel’s Spacecom to Increase Capacity for Nepal’s DTH Dish Media Networks on Amos-4

Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that Nepal’s Dish Media Network has furthered its long-term connection on the AMOS-4 satellite with a contract for more capacity. AMOS-4, from its 65°E prime orbital position, provides a wide array of satellite services to customers from South Asia to …

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Nigeria and China Agree to U.S.$550 Million Satellite Deal

The Nigerian government has concluded negotiations with the Chinese government’s ExIm Bank and the China Great Wall Industries Corporation for two communications satellites thought to be worth U.S.$550 million . The Nigerian minister for communications, Adebayo Shittu, told journalists in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, that it is hoped that the …

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