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Singtel and Inmarsat Announce Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Global Maritime Cyber Security Capabilities

From Inmarsat

Singtel and Inmarsat have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance maritime cyber security using Trustwave’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution.

Trustwave, the cyber security arm of Singtel, will provide the software based UTM service to be integrated with Inmarsat hardware onboard ships, to protect data and reduce cyber risk for maritime companies. The UTM service offers a suite of cyber security defences, such as advance firewall, anti-virus, intrusion prevention and web-filtering, which is backed by global round-the-clock support. It will be delivered through Fleet Xpress, the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators, available from a single communications provider.

Mr Andrew Lim, Managing Director, Business Group, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “Our partnership with Inmarsat is important as it marks the first phase in rolling out Singtel cyber security services for Inmarsat; starting with maritime. Shipping still moves about 90% of the world’s trade, hence the maritime industry is a significant backbone of the global supply chain. As maritime systems become more digital, it is imperative for the industry to protect data onboard ships against all forms of cyber attacks. Our partnership with Inmarsat will provide maritime companies with a cyber security solution to meet rapidly evolving cyber threats, globally.”

“The landscape of shipping is changing. As we move from traditional shipping into the ship intelligence era, the threat of cyber attacks have never been more real,” commented Mr Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime. “Risks from malicious attacks and unlawful access to a ship’s intelligence, its system infrastructure and networks cannot be ignored, and the shipping industry needs to take action.” Continue>

Avanti Communications Kicks off Marketing for Government-Subsidized Satellite Broadband in the UK

From Via Satellite

British satellite operator Avanti Communications has launched full-scale national marketing of a government funded satellite broadband program in the U.K. Customers nationwide who are beyond the reach of good terrestrial service can now receive up to 30Mb satellite broadband, installed for free by Avanti service providers.

Following a January pilot program, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) began issuing letters to the 300,000 homes eligible for the program this week. These homes can register with their county council for a voucher that will give them a free installation. Households will then only pay for monthly service charges, which begin at approximately $42.50 (29.95 pounds) per month. Continue>

NSR Forecasts $175 Billion in Non-GEO Revenue

From Via Satellite

Non-Geostationary (NGSO) satellites will contribute $175 billion to launch and manufacturing revenue in the next 10 years, leading satellite market growth opportunities while accelerating emerging satellite technologies, according to a new Northern Sky Research (NSR) report. NGSO satellites, or anything orbiting at an altitude other than 22,300 miles (36,000 kilometers) in the geostationary arc, are making headlines as of late with new entrants such as O3b — which has launched a growing fleet of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites — OneWeb, SpaceX and LeoSat all planning sizeable Low Earth Orbit (LEO) telecom systems. More lower profile or unannounced systems are in the works as well, and legacy players, such as Iridium and Globalstar, have either recently completed or are in the process of refreshing NGSO constellations.

Carolyn Belle, NSR senior analyst and author of the “Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 6th Edition” report, which looks at the market for satellites weighing more than 100 kilograms over the next 10 years, has reason to believe that, while only one or two new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) companies will survive, NGSO satellites will have a lasting impact on the manufacturing and launch market, generating more than half of the $285 billion total market revenue over the next 10 years.

“The total number of satellites in the GEO market is not changing that much in 10 years, but in terms of capabilities, the market could be vastly different in the next decade,” Belle told Via Satellite. “Not looking at the satellites but the operators, in the next 10 years there will be a lot more diversity in operators, especially in the NGSO side because it is becoming so much more affordable and easy to design and put a satellite into orbit for NGSO. Both the number of different operators and different applications will be higher in 10 years than where we are now.” Continue>

Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress Launch Marks New Era of ‘Smart’ Ship Operations

From Inmarsat

Inmarsat Fleet Xpress is the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators, available from a single communications provider. Fleet Xpress enables ship owners and operators to enhance their business intelligence, improve operational efficiency and vessel performance, and provide a host of high-value, crew welfare benefits.

It will also empower third party application providers to enhance their existing services to maritime customers, and to develop a host of innovative new applications that will further drive operational efficiencies, ranging from real-time monitoring, remote diagnostics and telemedicine, to security and crew service management tools, among others.

Ground-breaking service
“Fleet Xpress is a ground-breaking new service that will shape communications at sea beyond recognition,” said Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President.

“Through Fleet Xpress, ship owners and operators can experience unparalleled levels of performance and simplicity. Continue>

Integrasys Makes Satellite Easy

From Integrasys

Broadband customers worldwide complain about Satellite connectivity usage compared to terrestrial connectivity therefore our industry need smarter tools which allow Satellite broadband access to be more competitive with other type of services, simplifying the access, maintenance, installation and commission for a greater user experience.

The satellite industry has dramatically advanced over recent years, both in terms of capability and competitiveness. The satellite “facelift” mainly culminates around High Throughput Satellite (HTS). The technology will enable more people to access digital services via satellite than ever before, but, perhaps more importantly, it means that satellite is suddenly a viable alternative to other types of communication technologies, especially in those hard to reach areas. This in turn has led to a veritable explosion in service provision, giving our industry the chance to shine, but not without a few hurdles.

HTS is a great alternative to terrestrial connectivity however many customers are complaining about the complexity compared to fiber, especially in the deployment face. With HTS is based on economy of escale where the operators have to provide larger networks to cope with the extra demand, which often need to be deployed in a short time frame. In addition, the nature of these deployments is generally in remote locations, which are lacking other communication infrastructure. It is usual that an installer of VSAT needs to travel long distances and then spend a considerable amount of time carrying out the installation.  Reducing installation time can therefore save valuable time, even if it cannot of course get rid of the time taken to travel. Continue>

Harris CapRock Goes Deep with Oceaneering’s NEXXUS ROV

From Satnews

Technology from Harris CapRock Communications, global provider of managed communications services for remote and harsh environments, is enabling Oceaneering International, Inc. to remotely pilot and automatically control its NEXXUS remotely operated vehicle ROV.

Harris CapRock is providing satellite bandwidth and service to operate the ROV, which enables the pilot to execute assignments ranging from simple video monitoring to highly complex vessel inspection tasks.  The satellite link enables Oceaneering to pilot the ROV from offshore, from another vessel, or from an onshore command center.

Harris CapRock’s innovative data/video communications technology was originally developed to aid technical support personnel onshore to help diagnose faults offshore.

”Oceaneering is a technological leader that continues to find new ways to leverage the bandwidth provided by Harris CapRock,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris CapRock.  “The Gulf of Mexico’s remote and harsh environment is an ideal fit for our services.” Continue>

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: Doing Business Globally, with Agility

By Karen Emery, Director Product Management—Broadband Services, Intelsat

Doing Business Globally with Agility

Satellite offers unique credentials to deliver a truly converged end-to-end network. As demands for Internet and other types of connectivity explode around the world, in particular in areas with minimal infrastructure, integrating different technologies into a seamless fabric brings tremendous value to businesses and consumers alike. New technology innovations raise this value to a whole new level.

The series’ previous blog post by BT Global Services addressed the next generation of innovation in satellite, while posing the question, “What are the next steps in innovation designed to allow service providers to seamlessly augment their network around the globe?

Let’s talk about the notion of doing business globally. At the close of 2015, there were nearly 3.2 billion Internet users around the globe. That number is more than triple where it stood a decade earlier. And a good majority of these Internet users are utilizing that connection to conduct business.

Digital Transformation In Action

It’s no surprise that over 90% of businesses in high-income countries use a broadband connection. But where it starts to get interesting is the fact that 68% of businesses in low-to-mid income countries are doing the same—up from 39% just four years earlier. Read More

Intersat signs new contract with Avanti Communications

From Space Newsfeed

Intersat has signed a new contract with Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Avanti’s Hylas 2 Ka-band satellite will provide Intersat with capacity over iDirect platform, to deliver broadband services to its enterprise, government, and defence customers, as well as to GSM operators.

Subrata Roy, Chief Technical Officer of Intersat Ltd., commented: “Avanti’s flexible Ka-band satellite technology enables us to provide our customers with high speed and quality broadband which other bands may not deliver, breaking our customers’ communication boundaries.”

Matthew O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer at Avanti, said: “The flexibility and high quality of Avanti’s satellite services allow Intersat to provide affordable broadband internet to rural and underserved Africa.” Continue>

Does Satellite Have a Role in IoT?

denis-mediumBy Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect

One of my first experiences with satellite communications was 22 years ago connecting weather sensors to a central sever. Today, such a project would fall under the broad category of Internet of Things. But at the time, it was simply just using the right technology for the project—and that technology was VSAT.

Why did we use VSAT? You see, the weather sensors were located in war-torn Bosnia, where telecoms infrastructure was sparse. The task at hand involved collecting wind speed, rainfall, and other measurement data, which needed to be sent back to the Met Office in the UK for processing with other relevant data. From there, it was delivered back to the Bosnia headquarters in the form of weather forecast products for the RAF mission planners and pilots, allowing flights to be conducted safely.

This was indeed an early example of VSAT being used to collect data from “things” for purposes of making better decisions. And today, while the debate around whether satellite has a role in the Internet of Things continues to heat up, I look back on this as an early proof point that it certainly has a role—and a very valuable one at that.

The Answer to Satellite IoT

Recently I spoke the GVF Connectivity Conference, The question I asked at the recent GVF Connectivity conference was: “Is there a role for VSAT in IoT?”

One of the audience members asked a question about low powered radio networks on land. This limits the amount of opportunity for satellite on land to be aggregation points. However, that is not the whole story. In fact, the opportunity for the telecommunications industry is substantial. Read More

Avanti Sees Healthy Revenue Growth While Prepping for Hylas 3 and 4

From Via Satellite

Avanti Communications increased its revenue by 27.7 percent during the company’s second quarter, bringing in $17.3 million and increasing revenue for the first half of its financial year to $31 million total. The company released its Q2 earnings results Feb. 4, reaffirming the goal of 50 percent growth in continuing revenue on a constant currency basis in the full 2016 financial year.

Avanti has three satellites in orbit today: Hylas 1 at 33.5 degrees west, Hylas 2 at 31 degrees east, and Artemis at 21.5 degrees east; and two more under construction. The Hylas 3 hosted payload from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) is scheduled to launch aboard the European Data Relay Satellite C (EDRS C), and Hylas 4, announced in August 2014 is under construction by Orbital ATK. Currently, Avanti expects Hylas 4 to launch first, in the first quarter of 2017. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) is presently declaring a mid-2017 launch for the OHB Systems AG-built EDRS C with Hylas 3. Continue>