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Kymeta Launches KĀLO™ Trek Across America

From Kymeta

KymetaWashington-based company drives connected car coast-to-coast on record-making 7,000-mile journey

Redmond-based Kymeta—the communications company making good on the promise of global mobile connectivity—set out on a two-week trek across America in its connected Toyota RAV4 to provide a rigorous, real-world proving ground for its widely anticipated KĀLO™ internet service. KĀLO services will deliver a new mobile satellite internet service that will make mobile high-throughput internet access available and easy to buy. The KĀLO Trek Across America will begin in Washington, D.C. and wind through the country, covering over 7,000 miles, and culminating in a homecoming event at the Kymeta campus in Washington state on November 27.

Powered by the IntelsatOne® Flex network, Kymeta KĀLO services will provide high-bandwidth mobile satellite internet access to industries that require connectivity on the move like military, news reporting, first responders, construction, trains, buses, and more. KĀLO services, when paired with Kymeta™ KyWay™ terminals and mTennau7 ASMs, will connect places and fixed and mobile platforms that have traditionally had limited or no connectivity at all.

“Kymeta is taking its connected car across the country to put the network through the paces,” said Dushyant Sukhija, SVP and General Manager, KĀLO Business Unit, Kymeta. “When launched, KĀLO mobile internet services will mark a revolutionary change in the way satellite services are purchased and supplied, making it as simple as purchasing a cell phone plan. The launch of Kymeta KĀLO services will usher in changes in the way businesses get work done: on the move, from everyday vehicles, in even the most difficult to reach industries and areas of the world.” Continue>

InterSat Sets Up Teleport Services in Nairobi

From IT News Africa

Satellite solution provider, InterSat and global satellite operator ABS have announced theintersat launch of iDirect platforms on ABS-3A C-band and Ku-band beams. InterSat will operate the services from its new and state-of-the-art teleport in Nairobi using ABS-3A’s pan-Africa beams.

The iDirect platforms will provide broadband internet across Sub-Sahara and South Africa and serve French-speaking African countries.

With the growing demand for broadband internet services, users in Africa demand services at low entry cost including hardware and bandwidth. InterSat with ABS, can now offer Software Virtual Network Operator (SVNO) access to resellers in Africa to distribute and manage internet services at affordable pricing on both C and Ku-band. Resellers can control their VSAT network and manage services to their clients without the need for investment in hard­ware. Both Ku- and C-band coverage offer excellent elevation across Africa. Continue >

Liquid Telecom teams with VT iDirect and Telesat to deliver enhanced services to businesses in Africa

New Liquid Telecom VSAT service will combine the power of iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology with Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE Africa Ku-band capacity

Cape Town, November 7, 2017 – Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has entered into an arrangement with Telesat, a leading global satellite operator with extensive coverage of the EMEA region, and VT iDirect, a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, to deliver enhanced services to enterprise customers in central and southern Africa.

iDirect, Liquid Telecom and Telesat at AfricaCom 2017

iDirect’s Dave Harrower, Liquid Telecom’s Scott Mumford, Telesat’s Julian Kell

Liquid Telecom will leverage the iDirect platform to distribute cost-effective satellite services, using Telesat Africa-Africa capacity on the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite, as part of a multi-year agreement.

Liquid Telecom will deploy iDirect’s Universal Satellite Hub at its teleport in Johannesburg, South Africa, along with the next-generation iQ Desktop remotes to offer Layer 2 VPLS connectivity across both fibre and satellite on a single network for the first time.

The new offering provides a complete, end-to-end solution for VSAT integrators and corporate customers that will deliver more reliable, consistent and cost-effective broadband for users across any network. It also will be available as a managed service offering, enabling enterprise customers access to a range of scalable and secure cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10. Read More

Intelsat Helps Restore Comms to Disaster-Stricken Islands in the Caribbean

Intelsat CaribbeanFrom Via Satellite

Intelsat announced it is supporting multiple organizations providing relief services in the Caribbean as well as helping local and U.S. businesses recover from the three hurricanes that devastated the regions. According to the company, it is leveraging its globalized network and IntelsatOne Flex managed service, an offering that aggregates the Intelsat Epic High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network into a unified ecosystem to deliver bandwidth.

Intelsat stated its support efforts began even before the first storm approached land, initiating disaster recovery and restoration plans for customers across the media, broadband and mobility sectors with operations established in the projected paths of the storms. In some cases, customers transitioned hub operations and relocated staff to Intelsat teleport locations, maintaining unimpaired operations throughout the storms.

Intelsat’s satellites and teleports also provided restoration services and helped deliver news coverage in the wake of the storms. With broadcasters being significantly impacted by the flooding in Houston, Intelsat used its Galaxy 16 satellite to provide connectivity to re-establish services. In Puerto Rico, capacity was allocated to provide connectivity from New York to the devastated island. Continue >

Gatr to Provide Satcom Solutions for New Zealand Defense Force

From Via Satellite

Cubic Corporation subsidiary Gatr Technologies has won an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication solutions for the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF). Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and new equipment training for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program. In addition to a multi-year support contract, Cubic will deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network within the NZDF’s existing and future hub infrastructure.

According to NZDF, the NEA program improves its ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield’s Command and Control System, Communications and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems. By closely examining how the NZDF communicates across coalition operations, the NEA program works to advance communication capabilities for future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments.

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Inmarsat Outlines Progress on Both GX and EAN

inmarsatFrom GetConnected

At the recent APEX Expo in Long Beach, California, Frederik van Essen, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Inmarsat Aviation, spent some time with “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols and other journalists in a round table question and answer session. This is what he had to say:

Question: Why did you commission the “Sky High Economics: Quantifying the commercial opportunities of passenger connectivity for the global airline industry” study?

Answer: Many airlines are currently asking a lot of questions about inflight connectivity and some may be struggling to make a business case for it. This wholly-independent study by London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) can help them make the right decisions.

Question: I understand this is the first of three reports. What’s next?

Answer: Part two will look at the benefits of inflight connectivity to airline operations and will follow in about three months. The third and final part of the study will look at how airlines can use connectivity to increase customer loyalty. That will be released approximately three months after the second report.

Question: How is the rollout of Inmarsat’s GX inflight connectivity progressing?

Answer: There are now more than 1,300 aircraft in the GX backlog. Lufthansa Technik is really stepping up its production lines for the Lufthansa aircraft and should be finished in 2018, as should Austrian Airlines. Lufthansa Systems is currently working on the passenger interface for GX on Eurowings. Meanwhile, Air Astana has its first aircraft online and Qatar Airways is working on its installations. In total, there are currently about 100 commercial aircraft flying with GX. Continue>

A Time for “Extreme Service” in the Satellite Industry

IsoTropic Networks is a boutique service provider in the VSAT market focused on enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. They face the same challenge as any service provider in an age of rapid industry growth: to deliver higher network performance and compelling new services, while lowering operating costs.

As one of iDirect’s partners, they recently upgraded their entire network infrastructure. Why? The satellite communications industry is growing fast, and iDirect provides future-proof infrastructure to run both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity® networks with advanced capabilities to leverage HTS and DVB-S2X, for the lowest total cost of ownership and highest level of customer service, something very important to IsoTropic Networks.

“We chose iDirect because we want to continue our role as a trusted presence in the satellite industry. This upgrade will provide the infrastructure foundation to launch Isotropic’s next generation of services and prepare us for future customer requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks.

Watch the video to discover more of IsoTropic’s satellite story.

HISPASAT Teams with Industry Leaders Group to Restore Connectivity in Caribbean Over High-Speed Satellite Network After the Hurricanes

“When we learned about Hurricanes Irma and Maria that were barreling over the islands, we knew we had to react quickly. VT iDirect joined forces with Hispasat, Digicel, Cisco, and Red52, to ensure satellite connectivity could be quickly deployed for those affected by these catastrophic events. During a natural disaster, it’s imperative to act quickly to restore communications on the ground; the satellite system is an aid to connect families, first responders, medical personnel and others via internet, phone and video to ensure everyone’s safety and provide relief,” said Dave Harrower, Sr. VP Global Sales.

From HISPASAT

  • Satellite connectivity will aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines across the Caribbean region.
  • Hispasat has donated Amazonas 3 capacity to this collaborative effort.

HISPASAT teams with industry leaders group to restore connectivity in Caribbean over high-speed satellite network after the hurricanesMADRID, 05 October 2017.- Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT has teamed with industry leaders to provide critical communications in the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, that have knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines; damaged homes, schools and hospitals; and left an overwhelming majority of residents without shelter and running water.

To respond to the situation, HISPASAT has joined the humanitarian efforts of leaders across the telecom industry to deploy a high-speed satellite network to aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The satellite network is based on ground infrastructure from iDirect, space segment from Hispasat Amazonas 3, Cisco VoIP networking, and Red52’s satellite teleport services to collaborate in solidarity to restore connectivity. Read More

Talia Offers New C-Band Services in the Americas

From Via Satellite

Talia International has announced new C-band services covering Latin America, thetalia logo Caribbean and the United States. This additional service uses capacity on the SES 4 satellite at 22 degrees west and connects to the Talia Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network via the recently acquired iDirect hub located at Comsat’s teleport in Southbury, Connecticut. In addition, the new partnership with Comsat will provide teleport facilities to Talia’s existing Ku-band services running on the Eutelsat 113 West A satellite.

Talia also recently announced a new partnership with Arabsat for a new 10-channel video uplink to Arabsat’s Badr 7 satellite at 26 degrees east. The service will offer both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channel uplinks and will form the basis of a new high-power Ku-band neighborhood over Iraq. Content will be uplinked from the Talia teleport in Raisting, Germany and monitored for quality in the Talia Network Operations Center (NOC) in Erbil, Iraq. Continue >

Bandwidth Requirements to Keep Driving Future Satellite Developments

From Spacenews

The requirement for higher and higher bandwidth will remain the major driver shaping future satellite infrastructure and services in the next five years, according to Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of Viasat.

Speaking Sept. 12 at the World Satellite Business Week here, Dankberg said that terabit-capable satellites like the Viasat3 satellite it is building with Boeing, are more responsive to customer expectations than forthcoming low-Earth-orbit mega-constellations emphasizing lower latency than geostationary satellites.

“Our customer want more bandwidth, they want to be able to stream video,” Dankberg said.  “We have done studies when we asked customers what would affect their willingness to pay for a service and we found that latency has the least impact.”

Lower latencies are a major strength of mega-constellations such as the 648-spacecraft fleet of broadband satellites being developed by OneWeb, whose aggressive timetable and a $1.2 billion investment led by Japan’s SoftBank is sending anticipatory shock waves through the industry.

Dankberg was one of five industry leaders on a panel discussing next-generation satellite infrastructure and services. Continue >