Axiata Group Berhad (“Axiata”) through its wholly owned subsidiary, Axiata Business Services Sdn Bhd (“Axiata Business Services’) announced it has signed a four-year, multi-transponder contract for leased capacity and teleport services with IPSTAR International Pte Limited (“IPSTAR”), a subsidiary of Thaicom Public Company Limited (“Thaicom”). The partners inked the deal for Axiata Business Services to purchase the remaining capacity on IPSTAR over Indonesia to deliver Axiata’s operating company, PT XL Axiata Tbk (“XL”), over 1 Gbps High Throughput Satellite (HTS)…
H.264/MPEG4 encoding technology leader Telairity announced that Bahrain-based satellite service provider NOORSAT has deployed multiple Telairity BE8200 and BE8740 multi-channel HD encoders to meet their rapidly growing demand for HD channels. Established in 2004, NOORSAT is one of the most prominent satellite service providers in the Arab World, transmitting over 350 TV and radio channels to over 50 million TV homes. The company provides effective solutions for large and small broadcasters at competitive prices via its extensive satellite capacity and…
UAE-based Yahlive, the satellite broadcasting company, announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with the Committee for Television and Radio under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan to broadcast six Tajikistan government-run channels across its East Beam covering the Middle East and South West Asia. This latest tie-up will see the addition of six popular Tajik-language channels covering news and entertainment including Tojikiston, Safina, Bahoriston, Jahonnamo, Sinamo and TV Varzish. Commenting on the recent signing, Sami Boustany, CEO…
Satellite giant SES and the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs announced that they have extended a contract to maintain and support SATMED, an e-health satellite platform, until 2020. Under the new contract, SES will continue to develop the SATMED platform and its medical applications, support the platform’s data-hosting facility, and provide full user support with single point of contact. The agreement also includes the extension of the service to support new medical tools, as well as the provision…
Luxembourg-based satellite company SES announced new satellite capacity deals with Gogo, a provider of in-flight broadband Internet service for commercial and business aircraft, to meet the growing demand for high-speed in-flight connectivity services on travel routes over the US and Canada. The new contracts with Gogo include capacity on 12 additional Ku-band transponders, as well as supporting ground infrastructure. With these latest agreements, Gogo has now signed important capacity deals across 11 SES satellites around the world, including significant long-term…
Virgin Australia has announced a partnership with leading in-flight connectivity provider Gogo and Australia’s leading satellite provider Optus to provide customers with in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic and international services. From April, the airline will commence a three month customer testing period of Gogo’s 2Ku technology on a single Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Customers will have a chance to give their feedback on the service before a full installation across Virgin Australia’s fleet of Boeing 737-800, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft.…

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…
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