STC and Net Insight rollout live HD TV broadcast network

Written on Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:31
Swedish media transport and resource scheduling firm Net Insight announced the ongoing implementation of a future-proof high capacity nationwide broadcast media network for Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) on March 20. Advanced Communication and Electronics Systems (ACES), Net Insight’s Saudi Arabian partner, is deploying the network for TV and radio broadcast media contribution and distribution for the Saudi Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). The network from Net Insight will utilize STC’s underlying Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) infrastructure and effectively provide a modern broadcast…

Yahlive dominates Farsi market three years in a row

Written on Monday, 20 March 2017 09:53
Yahlive has further cemented its spot as the most popular satellite broadcast provider for Farsi-speaking viewers across the Middle East and South West Asia for the third year in a row, according to the latest research report published by Ipsos Connect – an international media, brands and communication advisory company. In addition to being the preferred satellite provider for the Farsi market, Yahlive has witnessed 100% growth in viewership over a period of two years with current audience reach standing…
Two of Europe’s leading satellite firms, France-based Eutelsat and Luxembourg-based SES, announced they are in a high state of readiness for imminent launches. Eutelsat’s 172B satellite is in the final stages of preparation, according to the company, at the Airbus Defense and Space facility in Toulouse. The satellite will be boarded onto a special flight to French Guiana on March 20. Weighing 3.5 tons, it is the first European-built high-power all-electric satellite, scheduled for an Arian launch on April 25…
Thaicom Public Company Limited, a leading Asian satellite operator, and Intersat Limited, a VSAT provider of cost-effective, end-to-end satellite communications solutions, announced the launch of Managed Satellite Network Services for Intersat and Thaicom enterprise and government customers over the iDirect satellite hub platform. The companies recently signed a multi-year deal for capacity on the THAICOM 6/AFRICOM 1 satellite. The service will provide a secure network on the THAICOM 6/AFRICOM 1 satellite which is located at 78.5 degrees east, and an…
Luxembourg satellite company Intelsat announced plans recently to merge with OneWeb satellite constellation. The companies are working towards their ambitious "internet in the sky" plan with the help of a $1.7 billion investment from Japan's SoftBank. In a joint statement, Intelsat and OneWeb said the deal aims "to create a financially stronger company with the flexibility to aggressively pursue new growth opportunities resulting from the explosion in demand for broadband connectivity for people and devices everywhere." The merger and new…
Private rocket company SpaceX successfully launched a rocket into space carrying a cargo ship for the International Space Station following a delayed take-off on February 18 due to technical difficulties. The launch was made from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United States. According to reports, the rocket booster touched down successfully on land nine minutes after taking off. This routine is part of SpaceX’s strategy to return rockets to earth so they can be reused rather than jettisoning them…
Pakistan is reportedly considering the possibilities of using the resources of Azerbaijan's telecommunications satellite Azerspace-1, according to Azerbaijani Ambassador to Pakistan, Ali Alizade, who told a foreign media outlet. "This issue was previously considered in 2016 during a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation," said the diplomat. "Azerbaijan offered Pakistan to use the resources of the national telecommunications satellite." Alizade said that Pakistani businessmen were considering investment in Azerbaijan's technology parks and industrial districts, The News…
Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite communications provider, has announced a key infrastructure milestone for its European Aviation Network (EAN), following the successful test and validation of the EAN Satellite Access Station (SAS). As the first solution in the world to integrate connectivity from a satellite, operated by Inmarsat, and a LTE-based ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom, EAN will provide a true in-flight broadband experience for millions of airlines passengers traveling throughout Europe. The SAS is located in the Greek…
Leading Asian satellite operator Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the appointment of satellite veteran Dr. Supoj Chiveeraphan as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) on February 6. Among Dr. Chinveeraphan’s responsibilities will be leading the growth of Thaicom as an Asian brand, inclusive of marketplace strategy, market positioning, partnerships, and operations. Supoj Chinveeraphan recently joined Thaicom after holding a number of high-ranking positions within the telecommunications industry, including the role of Director and General Manager of IPSTAR Australia and New Zealand…
Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system (GNSS) reportedly suffered a recent setback when the clocks onboard a number of satellites failed in space. The incident was reported by the European Space Agency (ESA) which created the ‘satnav’ system along with the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The cause of the failure is being investigated, according to ESA director general Jan Woerner. The 10 billion-euro project (US$11 billion) was intended to separate Europe from its reliance upon GPS provided by the United States.…

SpaceX makes a comeback launching 10 satellites into orbit

Written on Monday, 16 January 2017 10:28
SpaceX launched 10 satellites into orbit on January 14 in a rousing return-to-flight mission that also included a rocket landing on a ship at sea. SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from a launch pad in California at 9:54 a.m. local California time, carrying 10 communications satellites to low-Earth orbit for the Virginia-based company Iridium, a global satellite communications, M2M and broadband company. According to SpaceX representatives, deployment of the satellites began 59 minutes after liftoff and took about…
Chinese authorities refuted allegations from the U.S. Defense Department - and insisted that its space program is aimed at bolstering the country’s national development and security. The U.S. Defense Department expressed their fears over China’s space strategy, claiming that it was pursuing space activities that were specifically designed to prevent adversaries from using space-based assets during a time of crisis. Government officials have brushed off the scathing US assessment of their space program policy - and reiterated that China was…
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