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…
According to a recent report by Dataxis, a global firm specialized in telecom, TV and media businesses, the number of Pay TV subscribers in Africa will reach the threshold of 30 million by 2021, compared with a total of 16 million subscribers last year. The report says 20 million subscribers for digital satellite Pay TV is expected in 2021, while 8 million is expected for digital terrestrial Pay TV subscribers. The number of TV households in Africa was at 114…
On August 8, French satellite operator Eutelsat announced that it had sold its 70 percent stake in maritime satellite communications provider WINS Ltd to SpeedCast International, a Hong Kong-based global network and satellite communications provider. SpeedCast will reportedly pay 60 million euros ($66.9 million) in cash for the entire WINS business. It’s the latest in the expected consolidation of the maritime satellite communications market. The acquisition comes just a week after Apax Partners-owned Marlink announced the acquisition of Telemar in…
Brazil’s telecom authority, Anatel, announced that airing the 2016 Rio Olympics will be the largest broadcasting operation ever carried out in the South American country. Anatel, which holds the responsibility of managing the radio-electric spectrum for the 2016 Olympics, claims that over 20,000 frequency slots and 77,000 broadcasting stations will exclusively cover the event. The massive broadcasting operation, according to a Rapid TV News report, includes satellite and terrestrial coverage for TV and video signals, as well as mobile communications.…
Millennials are technology natives, and have a sea of options when it comes to viewing digital content. But even though streaming content online has taken the world by storm, a U.S. study says more adults aged 18-34 watch TV now than they did at the start of the millennium, suggesting that TV isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The study, conducted by the Video Advertising Bureau, says branded TV content, accessed across screens, is still its most popular form of digital…
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is planning to launch its second Ka-band satellite on October 5 this year, to expand its Internet services to rural and regional Australia. The satellite, called Sky Muster II, will launch 36,000 kilometers into orbit from French Guiana Space Centre in South America. Sky Muster II will, according to NBN, complete Australia’s network, which will be able to provide access to 400,000 homes and businesses. Satellite architect Julia Dickinson said so far 10,000 Australian homes…
American multinational online transportation network company Uber recently partnered with satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe – which provides high-resolution aerial imagery to companies like Apple and Google – to enable Uber the ability to use satellite images for its mapping ambitions. Colorado-based DigitalGlobe posted a blog post announcing the deal, explaining how its imagery would help “improve the Uber experience for riders and drivers,” and that Uber would be using DigitalGlobe’s technology to “identify and improve pick-up and drop-off locations,” as…
The ITU has announced a new standard for High Dynamic Range (SDR) television saying it represents a major advance in television broadcasting. “HDR brings an incredible feeling of realism, building further on the superior color fidelity of ITU’s Ultra-High Definition Television (UHDTV) Recommendation BT.2020,” ITU said. The ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) has developed the standard (Recommendation in ITU parlance) in collaboration with experts from the television industry, broadcasting organizations and regulatory institutions in its Study Group 6. “High Dynamic Range…

China finalizes world’s largest radio telescope

Written on Monday, 04 July 2016 08:51
Chinese state media reported that China has fitted the final piece on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, which is said to be operational by September this year. The Aperture Spherical Telescope, otherwise known as FAST, is 500m-wide – the size of 30 football fields. Xinhua news agency says the $108 million satellite project will be used to explore space and also assist with seeking out extraterrestrial life. Chinese scientists are now due to start debugging and trials…
SES recently signed an agreement with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), marking its inaugural cooperation with EDB’s Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn) to explore greater development and innovation in satellite technologies, hardware and software tools for satellite networks of the future. SES and EDB will work with Singapore research institutes and industry partners in the design, prototyping and production of technologies for mobility applications in the aeronautical, automotive and maritime sectors. Other potential areas of collaboration with…
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