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Riding With Globecomm Sat Phones Support For Wounded Vets

From SatNews

globecommBenefiting wounded veterans is the Ride Allegheny charitable bicycle trek that runs from Pittsburgh to Maryland, and to assist with this event two satellite phones have been donated by Globecomm.

The phones will enable ride organizers to contact public safety officials if there is an emergency when the riders are beyond the range of cell phone coverage. Ride Allegheny started on September 29th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with more than 100 riders who will travel more than 300 miles—the ride ended in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 2nd. Ride Allegheny partnered with Operation Second Chance by providing support to the needs of soldiers and their families to cover the gaps that are not covered by the US Government. Since 2005, the event has raised more $2 million for Operation Second Chance.

Jason Juranek, the Globecomm CEO/CFO, stated that the riders traversed some of the most remote routes in western Pennsylvania and western Maryland and the satellite phone units that were donated helped them stay in touch, no matter where they were located during their journey. Continue>

Rising To The Needs Of The LATAM Market: An Elara Focus

From SatMagazine

elaraWhen thinking about connectivity in Latin America (LATAM), the belief is that this region of the world is a complicated market.

On the one hand, satellite connectivity represents a solid business opportunity, given the topography of LATAM countries. There is often difficulty in accessing some of the more remote towns which are far away from Mexico’s urban areas and where terrestrial connectivity is unknown. On the other hand, satellite connectivity as an alternative communications solution is too expensive for many  would-be users.

Nevertheless, since 2004, Elara Comunicaciones has been delivering satellite connectivity and a reliable customer experience for the LATAM market. This has enabled the Mexican company to meet with great success and over a relatively short period of time.

Since 2012, Elara’s teleport has been ranked in the Top Teleport Operators ranking of the World Teleport Association (WTA); the company works with eight satellites that provide and guarantee communication services for clients, with an availability of 99.8 percent. Continue>

Ka-Band Connectivity to Become Standard on Lufthansa’s A320 Fleet

From Via Satellite

Lufthansa Technik AG has started installing the latest Ka-band satellite technology as standard equipment for the Lufthansa Group’s entire Airbus A320 aircraft family. Together with partners Inmarsat and Lufthansa Systems, the Ka-band satellite technology aims to allow internet coverage on short- and medium-haul flights with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network. Passengers can use their own mobile devices to access the Internet via Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).

The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organization will fit a total of around 300 aircraft with the necessary antennas and routers in parallel in up to 10 production lines by spring 2018 at various Lufthansa Technik locations.

Lufthansa Technik currently holds Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Airbus A320 family and the Airbus A340 for installing the system. Continue>

Inmarsat Inks Contract to Deliver Aviation Safety Services in China

From SatNews

Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) have contracted with satellite operator Inmarsat to provide aviation safety services to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and operators in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed this week, outlines MCN/ADCC’s intention to offer cockpit communication services, including Inmarsat’s Classic Aero and next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SBB-S) services, across the country. The companies expect to finalize the partnership later this year.

Classic Aero is a voice and data safety service that offers satellite surveillance and communications — such as Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) — that meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) global flight tracking requirements. Continue>

Maritime & Satellite Industries Coordinate Cyber-Security Strategies

From SatNewsGVF and Digital Ship

Drawing upon the combined expertise of the SATCOM and maritime sectors in order to identify key elements of strategies that enhance network integrity, maritime cyber security was examined on September 8th at Digital Ship’s 2nd Maritime Cyber Risk & Safety Forum at the SMM event.

With leadership from Global VSAT Forum (GVF), critical technologies used for navigation at sea—including GPS (Global Positioning System), AIS (Automatic Identification System), and ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System)—were examined as being among the primary systems being defended from attempted cyber attacks. The panelists also revealed the increased threats influencing decisions made by companies and what strategies are being employed by those in the maritime connectivity sector to address these risks, as well as what opportunities are emerging.

The GVF expert forum evaluated how industry is reacting to increased cyber threats born out of the growing use of Cloud and “Internet of Things” (IoT) applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships with smaller crews—which requires greater reliance on automation and remote monitoring. Policies, guidelines and best practices were central to the discussion, as well as how industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. Continue>

Inmarsat Receives Global Satellite Operator Of The Year Award

inmarsatFrom SatNews

On September 14th, at Euroconsult’s 13th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications during their World Business Satellite Week event, Inmarsat was the recipient of the Global Satellite Operator Of The Year award.

Euroconsult, a global consulting firm that specializes in space markets, announced the winning recipients during their hosting of this event and these awards recognize companies and their management for outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector.
Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative and quantitative criteria.

Michele Franci, Inmarsat Chief Technology Officer, collected the award on behalf of Inmarsat at World Business Satellite Week, which brings together the most influential representatives of the global satellite communications and information business. Continue>

Harris CapRock Received TMT News 2016 Telecoms Award for Maritime and Energy Wireless Communications

Harris CaprockFrom SatNews

Harris CapRock Communications has received the TMT News’ 2016 Telecoms Award for its leadership in maritime and energy wireless communications. The TMT News award recognizes service providers and technology innovators in the telecoms sector. The winners were selected by 136,000 subscribers and industry professionals.

“The Maritime and Energy Wireless Solutions award acknowledges Harris CapRock’s contributions to the industry and our ability to deliver advanced communications around the globe,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris CapRock. “It is an honor that so many people recognized our organization based on the value of service we provide.”  Continue>

SpeedCast Adds Global Xpress to Government Business

From Via Satellite

SpeedCast International is expanding its relationship with Inmarsat beyond maritime to

also serve government customers with Global Xpress (GX). As a Value Added Reseller (VAR), SpeedCast will sell the high throughput Ka-band offering to its portfolio of services for government customers.

GX entered worldwide commercial service in December 2015. Its government-focused services fuse two global networks, enabling classified networks to be accessed globally through the same terminals on a single subscription.

“As we extend into new government markets and undertake a comprehensive programmer of education to demonstrate the new capabilities of GX, we will benefit greatly from the experience and global footprint that SpeedCast brings in the satellite communications market,” said Andy Start, president of Inmarsat Global Government. Continue >

RigNet CEO Assesses Markets Outside of Oil and Gas

From Via Satellite

RigNet, one of the leading suppliers of connectivity to the energy sector, is diversifying its rignetbusiness to address new verticals. The energy sector has been hit hard by oil prices, which have stayed low due to oversupply, among other factors. Reduced spending by oil and gas operators has cut into RigNet’s profits, causing the company to shed personnel and ultimately to restructure. While energy remains RigNet’s core market, the company is branching out to serve other areas in order to find new sources of revenue.

Steven Pickett, CEO of RigNet, told Via Satellite the company is now looking broadly at a number of different verticals that rely on remote communications services. In particular, RigNet is evaluating markets where it can leverage existing capabilities, or where the technologies needed are not radically different from the energy sector.

“We are assessing these verticals and entering a small number of them in a more focused way. The markets we are focused on include maritime, which is one of the largest initiatives we have focused on the last couple of years, and the mining industry. In addition, we are continuing to explore other verticals. We plan to make some decisions, in the coming quarter, about other verticals we will turn our attention to,” he said. Continue >

Turkey Steps Up To Step Into Satellite Production

From Satnews

Not to be left in the dust, stepping up to the competition, Turkey has announced their plans to have 10 satellites ready for launch in 2023.

Turkey will complete the bidding process for Türksat 5A and 5B satellites within a few months. Turkey is taking steps to become one of the world’s top-10 countries in satellite operations, with 10 satellites slated for completion by 2023.

Transportation, Maritime and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said Türksat is one of the world’s top 20 satellite operators and their goal is to become one of the world’s top-10 countries with 10 satellites by 2023. Turkey’s first indigenous satellite Türksat 6A, manufactured in the Turkish Space Systems Integration and Test Center (USET), is slated for completion by 2019 and will be launched into space sooner after, according to Arslan.

Stressing that the Türksat 6A satellite, which will serve as a model for large-scale technology projects, is crucial because of its indigenous manufacturers and resources. Arslan said that manufacturing operations for the 5A and 5B satellites will be conducted in the best way possible and the training of technical personnel is already going well.

“We aim to sign agreements regarding the Türksat 5A and 5B satellites in the last quarter of this year and begin operating after project logistics are completed by the end of the year,” the minister said. Noting that the bidding processes of the satellites are going smoothly, Arslan added that they have received offers from the world’s best companies operating in the sector and that the results of these bids will be announced in a few months. Continue >