Global Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES recently announced that Internet social media giant Facebook has leased capacity on three in-orbit SES satellites to provide WiFi connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa. In October 2015, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that the company would be providing web access to Africa from space. At the time, Zuckerberg did not say who would provide the receivers for the satellite signal, but merely that Facebook was going to “work with local partners across these regions to…
Tata Communications, the official connectivity provider of Formula 1, recently announced that it has been selected by Sky to deliver the live broadcast feeds of all 21 Grand Prix starting with the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship season over its global superfast fibre network – the world’s only wholly-owned fibre network encircling the globe. The deal, which is part of Sky’s strategy to create Europe’s leading entertainment company following its acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, will ensure…
Ooredoo and Arab Satellite Communication Organization (Arabsat) have signed a major strategic partnership agreement that will see the two leading companies work together to develop new satellite services for customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Ooredoo and Arabsat will review the current satellite projects they have in progress, with a view to collaborating on technology and design, and will aim to work together on future projects to deliver cutting-edge satellite services. In particular, they will look to collaborate on…

Inmarsat to provide commercial aircraft comms in China

Written on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 08:27
Global mobile satellite operator, Inmarsat, has signed an agreement with Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) form a joint venture to provide aircraft cabin and cockpit connectivity services to China's commercial aviation market. Inmarsat services to be provided will include Global Xpress Aviation and SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S). The final agreement is expected to be signed later this year. Inmarsat is planning to launch GX Aviation later this year and says it will be "the world's first broadband in-flight connectivity solution…

Singtel takes capacity on Eutelsat

Written on Monday, 28 March 2016 05:36
Singtel has selected capacity on global satellite operator Eutelsat's 70B satellite to support network connectivity in South-East Asia. Eutelsat said: "Singtel is establishing a new relationship with Eutelsat through a flexible contract that enables it to progressively ramp up capacity over the coming 12 months as demand grows."
UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the possibility of new joint opportunities with existing partner, IEC Telecom Group (IEC Telecom) in Africa. The agreement comes ahead of Yahsat, taking delivery of its third satellite, Al Yah 3.
OSN is ramping up capacity on the powerful EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications. Additional capacity at the Middle East’s flagship TV neighborhood will support more expansion for OSN, including new High Definition channels and the introduction of Ultra HD services.
Ericsson showcased its latest media solutions, paying special attention to the evolution of the cloud and the use of multiscreens in the Middle East region at CABSAT 2016, from March 8-10, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Imagine Communications has secured the contract to transition the playout facilities at Jordan Media City (JMC) in Amman, Jordan, from SD to HD. The first phase of the expansion will allow JMC to add six new ART HD channels to support its growing roster of international clients.
Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) stands as one of the leading telecom providers in Saudi Arabia. Based in Riyadh, the company has grown into one of today’s fastest-growing telecom companies, offering next-generation solutions for broadband, interconnection, and satellite services for businesses, consumers, and wholesale segments of the Saudi market.

AsiaSat gears up for Ultra HD by satellite

Written on Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:09
Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) is a breakthrough in video technology for the broadcast industry. Captain Ip, communications systems engineer at AsiaSat, discusses delivery of Ultra HD content by satellite. Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD - also known as 4K - delivers more than four times the resolution of Full HD TV with more vibrant colors and higher frame rates, providing much better viewing quality especially in sporting events and action movies. But it requires enormous bandwidth (over 10Gbps for…
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