Two weeks ago the CEO of Japanese group SoftBank, Masayoshi Son, met with US President-elect Donald Trump, pledging to invest $50 billion in the US economy and create 50,000 jobs. On Monday 19 December, satellite broadband firm OneWeb announced a $1.2bn funding round led by SoftBank, which is the first confirmed investment as part of the deal between Trump and the SoftBank CEO. "Earlier this month I met with President-elect Trump and shared my commitment to investing and creating jobs…
American global security company Intel, are predicting that ‘Drone-jacking’ is set to become the next major cyber threat. There has been a significant increase in the use of drones – which security experts have warned that is likely to lead to a new wave of ‘Drone-jacking.’ A report published by Intel’s McAfee Labs indicated that hackers will start targeting drones used for deliveries, law enforcement or camera crews, in addition to hobbyists. A spokesman for Intel Security, Bruce Snell outlined…
US satellite radio station Sirius XM have agreed to pay $100 million in order to settle a dispute over playing music prior to 1972 – which is when US copyright laws came into force. Just last year, Sirius XM, which has its headquarters in New York, was forced to pay out a whopping $210 million over pre-1972 songs which were owned by major record labels. Sirius XM – whose audience would be of the more mature variety, generally plays rock…
Global leaders in the satellite industry have combined to help support the humanitarian community in times of devastation and crisis - by signing a Crisis Connectivity Charter which will effectively enhance connectivity during humanitarian emergencies. There have been a number of dreadful humanitarian emergencies across the globe in the last twelve months alone: Vanuatu, Nepal and the Philippines all felt the devastating effects of natural disasters which were brought on as a result of climate change, and those disasters also…
U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came face-to-face in the first television debate on Monday, September 26, after months of trading vicious insults. NBC claimed ratings gold from the event, which drew over 83 million viewers, setting a record as the most watched broadcast in history. The televised debate was commercial-free. The previous broadcast viewing record was also set by a presidential debate during the 1980 contest between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Regan, which drew 80.6 million viewers.…
India is an emerging power in the space industry. On September 26, The Wall Street Journal reported that the country’s space agency had sent up eight satellites into two separate orbits in a single flight, which is a first for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), allowing it to reach another milestone in its low-cost space mission. The mission’s first rocket launched at 9am local time from Sriharikota's Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh, India. It was the 37th…

World’s largest telescope in China begins testing phase

Written on Monday, 26 September 2016 11:36
Located in Guizhou Province in southwest China, the world’s largest telescope, an ambitious project for the National Astronomical Observatories of China, is beginning an intensive testing phase. It measures 500m across and is said to be nearing completion, having received its first signals from space. It will now take a further three years to calibrate the dish to make it fully operational. The telescope’s facility was opened on Sunday, September 25. It marks China’s move to become a science powerhouse,…
Tata Communications, the official connectivity provider of Formula 1, Formula One Management, and Sky have tested in action live Ultra High Definition (UHD) broadcasting at the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Following this first ever end-to-end broadcast of an F1 race in UHD, Sky will show all races of the 2017 season in UHD. The successful proof of concept involved the installation of multiple state-of-the-art UHD cameras at the Singapore circuit. The footage from these was mixed…
The ASC Signal Division of Communications and Power Industries LLC (CPI) has been awarded a contract for four 7.6m C and Ku-band capable antenna from NorthTelecom. The antenna will be installed at one of the company’s teleports with an emphasis on enhancing its offerings to a range of vertical sectors in the Asia-Pacific region. According to ASC Signal, the four antennas will incorporate ASC’s Next Generation Controller (NGC). The award includes training services for the NGC controller. Dubai-based NorthTelecom operates…
On September 1, numerous eyewitnesses began reporting that a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket had exploded during a test on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The SpaceX rocket was supposed to launch on September 3 on a mission to deliver Facebook’s first satellite into orbit to connect Africa. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was traveling through Africa when the news broke, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the incident. The SpaceX rocket that blew up was scheduled to launch…

SES announced record satellite capacity at the Rio Olympics

Written on Thursday, 25 August 2016 05:42
SES announced a record uptake of its satellite capacity for the Olympics as compared to previous Games. “This record demand illustrates how broadcasters continue to view satellite as an ideal and cost-effective way to broadcast excellent image quality of sporting events live to millions of viewers around the world.” A total of 23,000 hours of capacity has been booked on four SES satellites -- NSS-806, SES-4, NSS-7 and SES-3 -- to enable transmission of the Games to broadcasters in The…
Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between the world leading satellite operator SES and UAE satellite company Yahsat, announced on August 16 that it has signed a contract renewal with the BBC World Service. As part of the ongoing agreement, the BBC will continue the broadcast of its Persian and Arabic television channels as well as the radio programming from its Arabic and Afghan services to audiences across Yahlive’s wide and culturally diverse footprint. Commenting on the strength of…
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