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Türksat to provide connectivity for Turkish digital health service

The Turkish Health Information Systems General Directorate and Türksat have signed an agreement for the “Ulusal Sağlık Sistemi (USS – National Health System) Project,” in order to ensure the sustainability of an integrated architecture for applications used within the scope of the Turkish Ministry of Health. In accordance with the …

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Eutelsat seeks to provide communications satellite to Iran

The French ambassador to Iran, François Sénémaud, revealed that Paris-based commercial satellite communications company Eutelsat is seeking to provide a communications satellite to Iran. The ambassador’s remarks were made during a meeting with Iranian minister for Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi in Tehran on Saturday, 22 October 2016. “The …

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“Hello?…It’s me. I’m ok.” – a refugee story

With the tragedy of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq and beyond continuing unabated, SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson writes about how satellites can, in a small way, ease the plight of those fleeing the most awful violence and desperate conditions. When did you last use your phone? Five minutes ago? An hour …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Mahdi Mehrabi of North Telecom

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam in September. This interview is with Mahdi Mehrabi, Chief Technical Officer and Managing Director Asia of North Telecom. North Telecom is a big player in the satellite communications sector in the ME region, a very …

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Thuraya, Ooredoo Maldives sign deal to provide satellite connectivity to fisheries

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator and Ooredoo Maldives announced on 19 October 2016 an agreement to supply resorts and fisheries with mobile satellite products and services across the nation. The initial phase of the agreement will provision fisheries and anglers with voice products and broadband …

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Gilat First to Market with a Complete VSAT-in-a-Box for High-Speed Consumer Broadband

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today the launch of its innovative Scorpio Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)-in-a-box for high-speed consumer broadband. This latest addition to Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c family of VSATs lowers the cost barrier of delivering broadband services via …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Khalid Balkheyour of Arabsat

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam in September. This interview is with Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat. Arabsat is one of the many satellite operators in the ME region, a very contested market. What is your current growth strategy for the region and …

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Matthew Cosby joins the Goonhilly board of directors

Renowned teleport operator Goonhilly Earth Station, has announced that it will welcome Matthew Cosby to its executive management board in the role of Director of Space Engineering. Goonhilly serves satellite operators, commercial satellite services, space agencies, and research organizations in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and …

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Eutelsat pulls plug on Kurdish satellite TV stations in Europe

Allegedly at the request of the Turkish government, Eutelsat has ceased broadcasting two Kurdish satellite television stations in Belgium and Sweden. The Turkish government has shut down several Kurdish media outlets, to include television channels, in Turkey over the past few weeks and it would appear that it is now …

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Eutelsat selects Airbus and Orbital ATK to build replacement satellite serving North Africa

Eutelsat Communications has selected Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital ATK to build a new satellite for the key 5° West orbital position serving mainly video markets in Europe and North Africa. Under the terms of the agreement Airbus Defence and Space will build the satellite’s payload while the platform …

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