Japan launches third geo-positioning satellite

Written on Sunday, 27 August 2017 08:48
Japan launched its third geo-positioning satellite into space on August 19, bringing the country closer to its goal of implementing a global positioning system (GPS) like the United States, to provide information for auto-piloting and also national security purposes. An H-2Q rocket carried a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, Japan’s government said, due to a technical malfunction. More satellites will be launched by the end of the year, the government said, to begin providing accurate position information…
Satellite communications giant Intelsat said it will provide communications solutions for maritime customers in Latin America under an agreement with Brazil’s Mareste, a privately held firm based in Rio de Janeiro. Under the agreement, Mareste will provide Ku-band communications services delivered by the Galaxy 28 satellite for the leisure, fishing and coastal sectors in Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Mareste will package the satellite services with its Ello product, which includes antennas and hardware, to provide a cost-effective satellite…
Alaskan internet service provider (ISP) OptimERA is leveraging satellite operator SES Networks’ new managed infrastructure service and a full 72MHz transponder to significantly improve broadband connectivity speed 10-fold throughout the remote port city of Unalaska, and neighboring towns and islands across Southwest Alaska. In an agreement announced by SES, OptimERA has secured capacity aboard SES’s NSS-9 satellite to roll out enhanced city-wide Wi-Fi network and broadband services to meet growing business and consumer demands for faster, more reliable and affordable…
Thaicom Public Company Limited, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators and provider of integrated satellite communications services, announced an agreement with iSAT Africa Ltd FZC. (iSAT), a leading African telecommunications provider and a subsidiary of Wananchi Group Holdings, to provide iSAT’s key customer in East Africa with fully managed satellite telecommunications services including satellite backup of its fiber network. Under the agreement, Thaicom will provide Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity via the THAICOM 6 satellite in the case of fiber network…
Luxembourg-based satellite company Intelsat recently announced a managed services solution that will provide 2G services in remote locations of Africa. The solution leverages contributions of services provider BCom and technology provider Newtec for core components of the solution. IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 2G is a turnkey package designed for mobile network operators (MNOs) seeking to expand voice services in a simple, cost-efficient manner to remote populations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The solution includes all satellite, cellular and power components, allowing MNOs…
LeoSat BV, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit data communications satellites, has signed a Joint Statement with the European Space Agency (ESA) and 15 satellite industry leaders to collaborate on “Satellite for 5G”. Washington-based LeoSat Enterprises was established to leverage the latest developments in satellite communications technologies to develop and launch a new low-earth-orbit satellite constellation which will provide the first commercially available, business grade, extremely high-speed and secure data service worldwide. ESA and the European…
French satellite firm Eutelsat claims sport is propelling the growth of Ultra HD. The company broadcasted the final matches of the Roland-Garros French Open live and in Ultra HD via FRANSAT, Eutelsat’s free-to-view platform for French TV homes. The new initiative, Eutelsat claims, highlights the momentum set by sport and the key role satellites are playing in the emergence of a spectacular viewing format. This new broadcast meets consumer expectation to benefit from the finest image quality, says Eutelsat, particularly…
Thaicom Public Company Limited, a provider of satellite communications services on an end-to-end basis, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Starcor Media Technologies Limited for the development of an OTT (Over-the-Top) platform in Thailand. The companies have partnered to create value-added services for the next generation OTT platform for enterprise, educational, government and telecom sectors in Thailand. Under the agreement the companies agreed to develop content-rich OTT ecosystem services,…
Thuraya recently worked with service partners, Talia and NBS Maritime, to sponsor and support two climbers - Holly Budge and Dr. Atanas Skatov - in their summit expeditions to Mount Everest. Both Ms. Budge and Dr. Skatov completed their missions successfully and were able to stay connected with wireless data via Thuraya IP+ satellite terminals throughout their steep trek. The first woman to skydive over Everest in 2008, British mountaineer Ms. Budge conquered her latest Himalayan quest on 15th April…
New Zealand has become the latest country to enter the space race, with Silicon Valley-funded company Rocket Lab on May 25 launching its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket named Electron from the island nation’s remote Mahia Peninsula. Rocket Lab announced on Twitter, “Made it into space. Team delighted.” The aim of Los Angeles and New Zealand-based Rocket Lab is to bring down the expensive logistical barriers of sending satellites into space and enable it to be a more regular occurrence. The…
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…
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