Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hispasat expands broadband satellite network with new Gilat SkyEdge II system

Spain-based satellite operator Hispasat has secured an additional SkyEdge II system from Gilat Satellite Networks in a recent deal. Hispasat will use its newest VSAT system for the third phase of its expansion plans for its Spanish broadband satellite network.

Hispasat started expanding its broadband satellite network in 2011 in concert with the “Avanza 100%” national broadband access program of the Spanish government. Avanza 100% seeks to ensure that underserved areas across Spain receive satellite broadband connectivity.

The SkyEdge II VSAT system will max out the space segment efficiency of Hispasat's satellite network by enabling 32APSK Adaptive Coding and Modulation transmissions. This enables speeds of up to 100 Mbps on every one of the network's 36 MHz transponders in conjunction with the Hispasat-1E broadband satellite.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Inmarsat picks NSSLGlobal as new reseller for GX satellite broadband

Inmarsat has appointed NSSLGlobal Ltd. to be its newest Value Added Reseller (VAR) for the Global Xpress (GX) product. NSSLGlobal will deliver the planned Inmarsat satellite broadband product to the maritime market.

GX uses Ka-band technology to deliver speeds up to 50 Mbps across the entire world. It is expected to be the first superfast satellite broadband service available to the shipping industry.

In comparison with current VSAT counterparts, GX terminals are more affordable and compact. Maritime operators that normally could not afford or accommodate the bigger satcom system can thus fit the GX system into their budget and aboard their vessels. At the same time, they will also enjoy consistent delivery of superior connectivity.

The Inmarsat FleetBroadband product will complement the resilience of the upcoming Global Xpress satellite broadband product in harsh environments. Both products enjoy the global coverage and reliability that Inmarsat is known for.

Founded in 1969, NSSLGlobal Ltd is an independent service provider for satellite communications solutions. Its thousands of maritime customers range from deep-sea merchant fleets to the super yacht market.

Monday, March 25, 2013

ViaSat delays order, launch of ViaSat 2 satellite broadband platform to 2016

ViaSat has dropped hints that its ViaSat-2 broadband satellite may have to wait until 2016 at the earliest for manufacture and launch. The new satellite had originally been scheduled for launch in 2014 to expand and enhance the Company's Exede satellite broadband service.

The Company's CEO, Mark Dankberg, implied the delay during the “Satellite Broadband Comes of Age: The Ka-Band Equation” panel at SATELLITE 2013. He mentioned that ViaSat was planning to order a new satellite, but he also refused to set an exact date of purchase and settled for a vague, hopeful “soon.” He added that ViaSat was being assisted by several satellite manufacturers in configuring the planned broadband satellite.

According to CEO Dankberg, ViaSat's new satellite will certainly be able to transform the satellite industry. Ironically, this high expectation ended up being one of the factors that delayed the placement of the order.

CEO Dankberg reported that ViaSat-1 broadband satellite enjoyed excellent sales. 50% of its new subscribers came from terrestrial broadband, a percentage that vastly exceeded earlier expectations of 20%. This achievement, however, meant that ViaSat's next satellite must surpass ViaSat-1 in order to secure the economic model that the Company sought out.

North American consumers have been migrating to ViaSat at a good clip. More than 285,000 subscribers have signed up for the company’s Exede residential broadband service during ViaSat-1's first year of operation. Half a million consumers currently subscribe to ViaSat satellite broadband services.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

SES Partner SatADSL To Present Solution For Nationwide Cash Machine Networks In Africa

To present new solutions solutions that will support the deployment of nationwide ATM networks in Africa is the Belgium-based company, SatADSL, SES announced. SatADSL will be presenting at the upcoming AITEC Banking and Mobile Money West Africa Conference to be held in Lagos from March 13 to 14.

SES Broadband Services signed an agreement with SatADSL, last September for the distribution of its broadband solution to businesses, banks, nongovernmental organisations and governmental institutions in remote areas throughout SubSaharan Africa.

"Financial institutions offer excellent services in the main cities where adequate telecommunications are available: fibre connections, WiMax, etc.," said SatADSL Head of Sales, Jerome van der Putt. "However, in remote locations where the population is less dense, telecommunication links may not be as reliable and are much less adapted to the requirements of financial institutions. SatADSL provides specialised services to support the financial institutions’ remote offices as well as cash machines to perform according to their customers’ expectations."

SES Broadband Services Managing Director, Patrick Biewer said, “We are delighted to co-operate with SatADSL and provide our satellite broadband service for the deployment of nation-wide ATM networks in Africa, which will help regional banks to expand in the region and satisfy customers wherever they are. “Our satellite-based broadband service is an ideal solution for remote locations and will ensure secure and fast data transmission in Africa. As an economic enabler, connectivity is unrivalled, since for each 10% increase in access to broadband, it has been shown that a developing country will have a 1,38% increase in GDP. As populations across Africa grow, so too will demand for connectivity."

SatADSL, according to SES' press release, already successfully offers low-cost satellite networking solutions to more than one hundred money transfer offices of Express Union and EMI Transfert that are located in remote areas, bringing those financial services closer to African citizens.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Newtec VSAT systems expand SES satellite broadband services

Satellite broadband equipment from Newtec is helping to expand the high-speed, high-capacity broadband services offered by SES Broadband Services.

The Newtec-SES collaboration develops the ASTRA Ka-band services offered by SES Broadband. Using Newtec VSAT systems, ISPs can access the SES Broadband satellite network and tap the services from the new Ka-band hubs at SES' headquarters in Castle Betzdorf, Germany.

Newtec will deliver the initial orders of its MDM2200 Ka-band consumer terminals to the ISPs that distribute SES Broadband services across Europe. The ISPs will pay special attention to regions that lack sufficient terrestrial broadband connectivity and offer voice, data and television services to consumers in those remote regions.

The Newtec MDM2200 satellite broadband platform can access both Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies. It is capable of hitting download speeds of up to 22 Mbps and can facilitate a broad selection of applications.

The collaboration between Newtec and SES Broadband Services started in 2007. Newtec has delivered and installed more than 120,000 of its Ku-band VSAT terminals since then, and its Ku-band terminals can easily be upgraded to Ka-band.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Orange Business Services offers MEA customers its satellite broadband services

Orange Business Services is looking for additional revenues in the MEA (Middle East and Africa) region by offering its Satellite VPN satellite broadband services to the shipping, oil, and gas sectors in the region's remote areas.

The business-to-business (B2B) division of France Telecom-Orange, Orange Business Services offers satellite broadband and other satellite services to customers from a slew of vertical sectors such as finance, government, mining, oil & gas, and shipping. The Company has already set up more than 1,200 satellite-based solutions in the MEA region alone.

Company have come to rely on high-speed communications to complete their international business deals. But there are remote parts of the world where conventional terrestrial infrastructure cannot be accessed. In those cases and locations, enterprises can use VSAT (very small aperture terminal) systems to access satellite broadband connectivity and services.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gilat connects Peruvian schools with satellite broadband connectivity

Gilat Satellite Networks won a contract with the Peruvian Ministry of Education to link up thousands of schools across Peru using satellite broadband connectivity.

The Company will provide, install, maintain, and deliver technical support for SkyEdge II-c hub and 'Aries' VSAT equipment to 2,600 schools throughout Peru. The deal is worth $12.8 million and will span three years.

The SkyEdge II-c Aries VSAT platform is a cost-effective platform capable of providing high-speed Internet from satellite services and FUP Fair Use Policy.

Peru is seeking to balance out its educational disparities with measures such as the satellite broadband deal with Gilat. Sandro Marcone Flores, head of the Directorate General of Educational Technologies, explained that the South American country sought to bring computer technology to an increasing number of school children using satellite broadband and other methods. 

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