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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Chinese Broadcasters Overseas: A Bigger Opportunity than meets the Eye

By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan China’s recently-rising space industry has caught a huge number of headlines and generated much buzz, including several articles written for this column. For good reason, this has taken many headlines. But a different type of space-related industry has seen Chinese presence abroad for some time—that …

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UAE Outlines National Space Strategy to 2030

The UAE Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has adopted the National Space Strategy 2030 during its meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. The Cabinet meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al …

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CABSAT 2019: Belgium’s Newtec Successfully Deploys Newtec Dialog® Hubs In Europe For Arabsat

Newtec, a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of equipment for satellite communications, announced on 12 March 2019 it has successfully deployed two Newtec Dialog® hubs in the UK and Finland for Middle East satellite operator Arabsat to enable the company to deliver High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services into …

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Nepal Taps Thales Alenia Space To Build Telecommunications Satellite

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority and Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %),  have signed today an agreement under which Thales Alenia Space will build the national satellite telecommunication system for Nepal. This agreement is following the Letter of Intent previously signed on 5 …

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CABSAT 2019: Eutelsat Cirrus Selected By Mondo Global To Broadcast New Arabic TV Offering

Eutelsat Communications has secured the first customer for its recently launched Eutelsat CIRRUS delivery solution, with rapidly-growing video distributor, Mondo Globo/MCNC. Telearabia PRO, Mondo Globo’s new TV platform of Arabic-language SD channels, specifically targets the European hospitality sector. It comprises six premium Arabic lifestyle and entertainment channels, including three MBC …

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#SpaceWatchGL Feature: Southeast Asian Space Programmes – Capabilities, Challenges, And Collaborations

By Nandini Sarma In many parts of the world, space technology is being used to improve people’s lives. Apart from their uses for everyday services like weather forecasting, long-distance communications, and GPS systems, the manifold applications of space technology assist in many other ways. Space-borne platforms, for example, have demonstrated …

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Hong Kong’s AsiaSat Posts Increased Profits For 2018 – ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ For 2019

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited – AsiaSat – one of Asia’s leading satellite operator, announced on 8 March 2019 its financial results for the full-year ended 31 December 2018. Financial Highlights: 2018 revenue was up 6% to HK$1,442 million (U.S.$183.7 million) from HK$1,354 million (U.S.$172.49 million) in 2017, driven by …

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UAE’s YahLive To Broadcast RT France HD In The Middle East

Global television news network RT expands its partnership with Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between world leading satellite operator SES and the UAE satellite company Yahsat, by introducing RT France HD to French speakers in the MENA region via Yahlive’s MENA beam. For the next three years, RT …

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Qatar’s Es’hail-2 Communications Satellite Starts Commercial Service

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, has announced that its recently launched satellite, Es’hail-2, entered commercial service to serve government, broadcast and telecommunications sectors in Middle East and North Africa. Es’hail-2, designed with Ka-band spot beams and Ku-band wide beams, joins Es’hail-1 at 25.5⁰E / 26.0°E MENA broadcast hotspot and will …

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