OneWeb plans early 2020 Australian entry to capitalise on 5G rollouts

Global mega-constellation OneWeb has for the first time provided some detail on its proposed Australian service, which it expects to start offering in early 2020 to coincide with the rollout of 5G networks here. The company, which has received financial backing of more than US$1.5 billion to date, has also called on the Australian Communications… Read More »

UAE launches fund to support space research

The UAE has launched a $545,000 (AED2m) seed grant fund to support new and international projects into space settlement and habitation. Established by the Dubai Future Foundation, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Settlement Challenge will finance the ideas and help develop new business models for living and working in space. The Challenge opened today and… Read More »

Africa’s internet users increase by 20%

An annual report released by global digital agencies has reveals that Africa has seen the fastest growth rates in internet penetration, with the number of internet users across the continent increasing by more than 20% compared to 2017. The ‘Digital in 2018’ report shows that over half of the world’s population is now online (4.021… Read More »

Nigeria: INEC partners company for e-collation and e-transmission

The Nigeria Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT is to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission over e-collation and e-transmission of voters results. This was made known by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu through his Press Secretary, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi via a statement. According to the statement, “In continuation of consultations with national agencies in the telecommunications sector, INEC… Read More »

Gilat to Provide Satellite Platform for NBN Business in Australia

NBN Co and Speedcast have selected Gilat Satellite Network’s satellite platform for its Business and Enterprise Satellite Service (BESS) for businesses in Australia. The BESS network solution will use the NBN Sky Muster Ka-band multi-beam satellites. Gilat technology is part of Speedcast’s managed service offering to NBN, responsible for the supply, configuration and specialist operational… Read More »

Thuraya launches its first Dual-mode, Mobile M2M solution

Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced the launch of its Thuraya Tracking and Monitoring (T2M) service in conjunction with the launch of its first product release of the year, the T2M-DUAL terminal. A mobile, dual-mode device for superior machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and remote asset tracking and monitoring, the T2M-DUAL enables the simultaneous collection of data from multiple… Read More »

Sidmach, Microsoft plan broadband over TV white space

Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited is targeting part of the wireless spectrum that have been abandoned or left unused by television (TV) broadcasters as they increasingly move to digital transmission. Already, the company has partnered with Microsoft to conduct tests in select location as a faster and cheaper way to beam the Internet to remote rural… Read More »

Avanti’s Hylas 4 to connect rural schools in Africa

Avanti Communications has agreed to form a partnership with Global Partnership for Education(GPE), an international organization that ensures children across developing countries have access to quality education, to deliver satellite broadband via its new high throughput Ka-band satellite, Hylas 4, to 1,000 rural schools across Africa. Through Hylas 4, which Arianespace will launch in March,… Read More »

KhalifaSat set for launch this year

KhalifaSat, the first satellite to be completely built by Emirati engineers, is set to be launched later this year following a series of rigorous tests. Once in earth’s orbit, KhalifaSat will provide detailed, high-quality images of earth for a variety of uses, such as environmental monitoring and urban planning, allowing the UAE to provide competitive… Read More »