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AsiaSat Introduces “Content Anytime, Anywhere,” Hybrid Satellite-IP Service

Hong Kong-based satellite communications provider has announced the launch of its “Content Anytime, Anywhere,” service to enable the delivery of content to portable devices across its satellite constellation footprint in the Asia-Pacific. Delivery of content will be done through an IP-based Over-the-Top (OTT) service, described by AsiaSat as a “hybrid …

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Bentley Walker Announces VSAT Service in Afghanistan Using Avanti’s HYLAS-4

VSAT network supplier and operator Bentley Walker has announced that it will launch its iDirect-based DVB-S2X service in Afghanistan. The launch of this service follows successful rollouts in Iraq and Libya by Bentley Walker. The iDirect-based DVB-S2X desktop modem will allow users to access high-throughput broadband internet using Avanti’s Hylas …

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Arabsat to Launch Arabsat Expand Satellite Broadband Service

Arabsat Broadband Services has launched a new satellite broadband service called Arabsat Expand, offering 10 Gigabytes of Internet broadband access powered by Forsway’s Hybrid Router technology. Arabsat Expand has been designed and implemented by SatConsultant for Arabsat Broadband Services. The new service aims to bridge the digital divide in Africa, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Want Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet? Start Mining Asteroids

How do we kickstart a space-based economy that includes everything from communications, orbiting satellites, clean energy, and asteroid mining? Here, planetary scientist Philip Metzger of the University of Central Florida lays out a proposed roadmap to get there. This essay was originally published by Aeon on January 9, 2018, and is …

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Talia’s Quika to Provide Free Satellite Internet to Africa and Middle East

Quika Ltd. has launched the world’s first entirely free high-speed satellite internet for developing countries. According to a Quika press release, the new service is being provided to “address a leading cause of economic and social inequality.” Quika aims to close what it sees as an investment gap in areas …

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Iraq’s Talia increases transponder lease on Arabsat-5C

Talia Limited and Arabsat are continuing their partnership by announcing Talia’s lease of multiple transponders on the Ka-band Arabsat-5C High Throughput Satellite (HTS), located at 20 degrees East. The multi-year agreement will offer high-quality Internet Protocol (IP) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services in Iraq, Kurdistan, and Afghanistan that utilise …

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Arabsat and CETel to Offer Business Continuity Services

Arabsat and German communications solutions provider CETel are partnering to provide business continuity services across the Middle East and North Africa. CETel specialises in end-to-end communications solutions, with an emphasis on fiber-optic cabling. Both companies indicated that emerging Big Data requirements of clients, arising from the growing Internet of Things …

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SATCOM Along the Belt and Road? Sri Lanka’s SupremeSAT Receives Investment From China’s Tatwah Smartech Co. Ltd.

Xiaoru Cai, the Chairman of China’s Tatwah Smartech Co. Ltd., took part in a ceremony on January 15, 2018, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, announcing a U.S.$30 million investment in SupremeSAT, the only Sri Lankan satellite communications company. The investment is intended to help SupremeSAT expand its geographical reach with its …

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Israeli-American Industrial Foundation to Invest in Space Projects

An Israeli-U.S. industrial research and development foundation, the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, has announced its selection of Israeli industrial projects in which it shall invest in 2018. At a meeting of the BIRD Board of Directors held in Tel Aviv, Israel, in December 2017, U.S.$7.75 million was …

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Cambodia and China Great Wall Industry Corp. Sign Agreement for Belt and Road Communications Satellite

Cambodia has signed a framework agreement with China Great Wall Industry Corporation for the acquisition of a communications satellite, along with its associated ground infrastructure and launch. The satellite agreement was one of nineteen agreements made between Cambodian and Chinese officials during a bilateral trade meeting on January 11, 2018, …

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