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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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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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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 Aerospace Industries and Poalim Launch Blockchain and Cyber Collaboration

The cyber security organisation of Poalim Bank and the cyber enterprise of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on January 4, 2018, that they will collaborate in leveraging Blockchain technology to create innovative cyber solutions. The joint research undertaken by the two companies will examine how Blockchain, the innovative technology at …

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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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#SpaceWatchGL Forecast: Orbital Debris – An Industry Call to Action at GVF Satellite Hub Summit 2018

We hear the same thing over and over again at industry conferences all over the world: ‘We must do something about orbital debris’ and yet, somehow, there has been a failure to act. This is a hugely serious problem that has the potential to cause catastrophic collisions in orbit, putting …

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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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Iran To Use Azerbaijani Imaging Satellite

A source within the Iranian communications industry revealed to Trend News in late December 2017 that Iran would continue to utilize Azerbaijan’s AzerSky satellite. The source further stated that the two countries have discussed the possibility for increased cooperation regarding satellite operations during 2018. The AzerSky satellite was sold to …

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