Intelsat’s Game Is On For The Rio Olympics

2016-Summer-OlympicsFrom Satnews

The upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Rio will showcase the top athletes from around the globe as well as the cutting edge technologies that deliver this unifying event to the world.

As the media landscape continues to shift and viewers’ demands evolve, innovation takes center stage at this August’s Games, putting tomorrow’s technologies to the test.

Envisioning Intelsat EpicNG Occasional Use Services

High throughput satellite technology makes its first EpicNG play at the Games this summer, shining the spotlight on the power of a single Ku-band spot beam from Intelsat 29e, the first of our next generation satellites. The Ku-band spot beams are fully interoperable with any Ku-band and C-band wide beams across Intelsat’s Globalized Network.

Leveraging the Intelsat 29e satellite serving Latin America, for the first time in the history of the Games, next-generation high throughput satellite spot beams will be used to support Occasional Use services. As a result, media customers will be able to gather content from the venues and transport it back to their facilities, utilizing EpicNG’s high power, better economics and simpler access via smaller terminals. Intelsat EpicNG is poised to be a game changer this summer, bringing significantly more capacity to the marketplace at a much higher efficiency, allowing more customers to send higher quality, cost effective video transmissions. Continue>

Cobham, Inmarsat and MCN Sign Largest Fleet Xpress Contract Yet

From Via Satellite

MCN-FXBeijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company, partner of Inmarsat and Cobham Satcom, has won the largest Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installation project to date with Nanjing Tanker Corporation of China. The contract came just two weeks after the launch of Fleet Xpress, bringing always-on, high-speed broadband capability worldwide to 70 ships. The agreement enables smart shipping connectivity to drive performance optimization and improvements to crew communications and welfare for NTC vessels.

Cobham and MCN will manage the roll-out of Cobham’s Sailor 100 Global Xpress (GX) and Sailor 60 GX antenna systems to NTC. The 1-meter Sailor 100 GX is based on Cobham Satcom’s Sailor VSAT technology platform, designed to simplify installation and operation while delivering radio performance with strong link stability and service reliability. The 60cm Sailor 60 GX leverages a new compact, lightweight carbon fiber composite/aluminum design. The terminal introduces smart shipping applications to smaller platforms, including workboats, fishing vessels and yachts by enabling a high-throughput link to Fleet Xpress in a smaller antenna package. Continue>

Society of Satellite Professionals International Welcomes The Newest Member: India Chapter

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SSPIWith tremendous pleasure the Board of SSPI India announces the official formation of the India Chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), and the launch of the Kalpana Chawla Endowment Fund for Girls and Boys.  SSPI is a global non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the space industry through outreach, education, and policy dialogue.  The start of the Indian chapter represents a significant milestone in advancing India’s space ecosystem and raising public awareness of the benefits of the space industry and science to the people of India.

SSPI India, through its global network and strong Indian team, aims to create a community of passionate members dedicated to developing space science and research through programs to enable STEM education and women empowerment.  SSPI India seeks to expand science, research, innovation and development through collaboration among space professionals, policy dialogues, skill development and entrepreneurship.

“The start of the Kalpana Chawla Endowment Fund is a tremendous moment for the newly formed chapter.  The SSPI India Board and I hope to enable the next Kalpana,” stated the chapter President Sanjay Nekkanti and Founder of Dhruva Space.  Chapter Vice-President D.S. Govindarajan, President at Aniara SpaceCom furthered, “We encourage academic pursuit of science especially for young women through financial support, grants, challenges and other incentives to create new opportunities for interested youngsters.” Continue>

Inmarsat Performs Live Global Xpress Broadcast from Rio de Janeiro

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Inmarsat-at-NAB-2016Inmarsat is performing its first transcontinental live demonstration of Global Xpress (GX) broadcast capabilities during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The demonstration features a live broadcast from Rio de Janeiro via GX.

Following the launch of its Global Xpress service for broadcasters last month, and combined with a portfolio of L-band newsgathering solutions, Inmarsat will deliver enhanced, tailored solutions for mobile journalists, broadcasters and content creators, in conjunction with its channel partners and third party software and service providers. Continue>

Intelsat to Distribute BBC World News Across Four Satellites and IntelsatOne

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BBC BuildingBBC World News has renewed and expanded its contract with Intelsat to use multiple video neighborhoods and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network for the distribution of Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) content across several continents. Under the multi-year agreement, BBC World News will be delivered to millions of viewers in the Americas and Asia from Intelsat’s Galaxy 13, Intelsat 19, Intelsat 20 and Intelsat 21 satellites.

Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite at 127 degrees west will reach cable distribution neighborhoods in North America, and Intelsat 21 at 302 degrees east will reach a Latin American cable distribution neighborhood with the highest cable head-end penetration on the continent. Continue>

Satellite Services For Aircraft Analyzed By NSR In Their Upcoming Report

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NSR-Aeronautical-SATCOM-Markets-4th-EditionAeronautical Satcom Markets, 4th Edition continues NSR’s long-standing tradition of market research on satellite services to aircraft.Through ground-breaking analysis, including GEO/non-GEO HTS connectivity and flat panel antenna assessments, NSR’s extensive experience in assessing aero SATCOM trends and drivers helps readers map their future in this high growth market.

As airlines jump on the in-flight connectivity bandwagon, pressure grows on satellites to provide the ultimate passenger experience: broadband leader on the subject, NSR offers an exclusive view on revenues, units and capacity for all types of like at home but at 35,000 feet.  As the market research aircraft in response to passenger and crew demand on a global scale, split by region and connectivity type over the next decade.

NSR’s Aeronautical Satcom Markets, 4th Edition report analyzes the speed of change at which the market will be headed in the next ten years.

With more than 10+ years covering aeronautical satellite services, NSR delivers yet another completely new and up-to-date assessment of the market, including extremely valuable information and superior data points to gauge what direction this fast growing segment of satellite connectivity is headed. Continue>

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

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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

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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>

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: The Next Stage of Innovation

By Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect

The Next Stage of Innovation

Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion, and one that continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them.

Throughout the past few weeks iDirect has engaged in a discussion with Verizon, NSR, BT and Intelsat on the role of satellite in the end-to-end network. Our conversation wraps up this week with Eric Watko addressing the question posed by Intelsat: What are the next steps to innovating around modern networking technology in order for satellite to continue operating right at the heart of IP networks?

Looking back on the past few weeks, we have been engaged in a very enlightening discussion around how we work to make satellite communication technology look and act more like all other access technologies.

  • We were given a glimpse into the telco environment from Verizon and the steps it must take in order to align satellite with its core MPLS network.
  • From there, NSR offered a call-to-action regarding the need to see more advances in the areas of software-defined satellite networks, transitioning out of fixed server hardware and into a virtualized environment.
  • BT Global Services described their efforts to launch satellite networks built on a Layer 2 foundation to support telco trends toward carrier Ethernet.
  • Finally, Intelsat talked about enabling service agility so telecom providers can quickly reach underserved areas.

For iDirect, the answer is clear: We must be able to support the service needs of the industry as a whole. We cannot simply focus on the space segment, but instead examine every aspect—from the edge of the core network, to the terminals, to the endpoint of the customer. Read More