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Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Space Partners With Eutelsat To Provide Saudia In-Flight Connectivity

Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Space has contracted with Eutelsat, one of Europe’s largest satellite communications providers, to provide additional satellite capacity for Taqnia’s in-flight connectivity services on board Saudia flights. Taqnia Space signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat, which includes incremental multi-transponder wide-beam capacity on the EUTELSAT-70B satellite, as well as …

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UAE’s Yahsat Completes Acquisition Of Thuraya; Appoints New Thuraya CEO

Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite communications operator, has completed its buyout of Dubai-based Thuraya, a leading mobile satellite services operator, and has also announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer for Thuraya, Ali Al Hashemi. The announcement was made on 5 August 2018 after Etisalat, the largest telecommunications …

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Israel’s Gilat To Help Hispasat Commercialise Ka-Band Satellite Over Brazil

Israel’s Gilat is becoming a major presence in the Latin American telecommunications market after it announced a deal with Hispasat, the Spanish satellite communications operator, to help commercialise Hispasat’s Ka-band satellite capacity over Brazil. Gilat and Hispasat will work together to develop the satellite broadband market in Brazil. Hispamar will …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ian Jones of Goonhilly

The UK space sector is truly on the up. Years of hard work preparing the ground are finally paying off. With recent announcements promising long awaited spaceports, and the rapid growth and leadership of the UK in the smallsat industry, iconic Goonhilly Teleport is looking forward to a glittering future. …

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UAE’s Etisalat Digital And Dubai Future Accelerators Developing AI To Tackle Crime And Congestion

Etisalat Digital, a unit within the UAE’s largest telecommunications provider Etisalat, announced on 30 July 2018 that it is working with Dubai Future Accelerators on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) via video surveillance systems to tackle crime and road congestion in the UAE. The company said that the AI will be …

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Iran Hijacks Global Telegram App Traffic Prior To National Protest

Information from global users of the encrypted messenger app Telegram was purposefully directed through Iranian networks on Monday, 30 July 2018, according to several media reports. In what appears to have been a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijack of global Telegram traffic by the Iranian state’s telecommunications company – the …

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Nine UAE Candidates Now In Russia For Astronaut Selection and Training

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A team from the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) consisting of Emirati officials and nine astronaut candidates are now in Russia, according to Russian state space agency Roscosmos. The nine Emirati astronaut candidates will now undergo further selection tests and medical evaluations by Russian specialists. From that group …

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Israel’s Gilat Bags Another Satellite Backhaul Customer In Latin America

Israel’s Gilat is expanding its geographical reach: a major Latin American telecommunications provider has selected Gilat to provide satellite backhaul for a mobile telephone network. Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a global provider of satellite-based broadband communications announced yesterday that it was chosen for a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network satellite backhaul …

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Saudi Arabia And Pakistan Explore Possible Cyber And AI Cooperation

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Khan Hasham Bin Saddique, met with Haitham A. Al-Ohali, the Saudi Arabian vice minister of communications and information technology, at his office in Riyadh on 24 July 2018, according to a report in the Saudi Gazette. The meeting included discussion on the …

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Iran’s Leafminer Is Tehran’s Latest Proxy Hacking Group With Ambitious Espionage Agenda

U.S. cyber security company Symantec has revealed the existence of a new Iranian proxy hacking group they have named ‘Leafminer’ and that have been operating since early 2017. Leafminer is engaged in cyber espionage against government and commercial targets throughout the Middle East, to include Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Israel, UAE, …

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