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Intelsat EpicNG Coverage Extended to Millions of Additional End Users Around Globe as Intelsat 33e Begins Service

Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced on 30 January 2017 that Intelsat 33e, the second of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites (HTS), successfully completed all in-orbit testing and entered service on 29 January 2017. Manufactured by Boeing and launched in …

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Syria and Russia in satellite broadcasting talks

The Syrian Minister for Information, Mohammed Ramez Turgeman, has intimated that the Syrian government is in discussions with Russia about a possible satellite acquisition so that Damacus can assert greater control over how its information and propaganda can be disseminated throughout the country and beyond without being interfered with. The …

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NorthTelecom signed an agreement with Philippine Public Telecommunications

NorthTelecom has recently entered into an agreement with a Philippine-based Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) to supply satellite ground hardware, space segment capacity, and Internet bandwidth for the Philippine rural market, especially the unserved and underserved areas. The capacity requirement for the 3-year project is estimated to be around 1.5 to …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Satellite Sovereignty – Africa

In the past, we have looked to nations such as Russia and the United States for our inspiration in space. For decades, these countries have dominated the space sector. However, new national players are emerging, proving that space is no longer the domain of the richest and most powerful nations. …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Satellite Sovereignty – Middle East

In the past, we have looked to nations such as Russia and the United States for our inspiration in space. For decades, these countries have dominated the space sector. However, new national players are emerging, proving that space is no longer the domain of the richest and most powerful nations. …

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Israel’s Gilat and Air Esurfing collaborate to provide in-flight connectivity to domestic airlines in China

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 17 January 2017 a strategic partnership with Air Esurfing, a fully owned subsidiary of Air Media Group, to transform the domestic in-flight connectivity (IFC) market in China. The partners intend to utilize China’s Ka-band …

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Qatar’s Es’hailSat to broadcast Iraqi anti-sectarian Al Rafidain TV channel

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, announced on 8 January 2017 that the Al Rafidain TV channel is now available on Es’hail-1 satellite located at the 25.50 East hotspot covering the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Al Rafidain is an Iraqi satellite TV channel which showcases Iraqi political, economic, …

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SpaceX cites technical failure in AMOS-6 launch blast

SpaceX announced on 2 January 2017 that it had identified the cause of the catastrophic explosion of its Falcon-9 space launch vehicle (SLV) containing Israeli company Spacecom’s AMOS-6 communications satellite on 1 September 2016. SpaceX and U.S. government and space industry experts believe that the explosion occurred due to the …

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