Cobham reduces integrated Global Xpress antenna costs

Cobham SATCOM has revealed an innovative new solution that can significantly reduce the cost and simplify the installation and management of Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) networks using multiple Ka-Band antennas. Multiple antennas are frequently used on board to overcome link losses caused by satellite blocking from the ship structure or other deck equipment. Compatible with… Read More »

Australia’s Buccaneer satellite launched into orbit

Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne has announced that the Buccaneer cube satellite has been successfully launched into orbit. The miniature satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, on a Delta-II rocket. Communication with the satellite has already been established, Payne stated. The satellite was developed by the Australian Department of Defence… Read More »

NASA to test advanced space wireless network

NASA launched the Technology Educational Satellite, or TechEdSat-6, to the International Space Station on Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Nov. 12. This bread loaf-sized satellite is part of a continuing series to demonstrate the “Exo-Brake” parachute device, advanced communications and wireless sensor networks. TechEdSat-6 was released into low-Earth… Read More »

Cyber attacks hit Algerian state telecom operator

Algeria’s state-run telecommunications company Algerie Telecom said on Friday that it came under a series of cyber attacks designed to hack and disrupt its system. The attacks, however, failed and security services managed to identify and arrest the hackers, the company said in a statement. In cooperation with security services, the company’s engineers neutralized the… Read More »

AngoSat-1 set for space in December

AngoSat-1 will be launched on a Zenit rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Airbus Defence and Space has built the communications payload. The satellite will comprise C- and Ku-bands on 44 transponders, and will primarily be used to broadcast satellite television. Around 80% of its capacity will be available for lease, with the remaining… Read More »

SpaceX to launch 4,000 high speed internet satellites in 2019

Elon Musk and his company SpaceX have announced that they will be sending 4,425 satellites into space that will provide high speed internet to Earth. While original documents filed with the FCC never specified a date for the launch, this recent announcement specifies that they will begin their launch campaign in 2019. And how else… Read More »

ITU to study machine learning in 5G

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said it will form a new focus group to establish a basis for ITU standardization to assist machine learning in bringing more automation and intelligence to ICT network design and management. The creation of the Focus Group was agreed by ITU’s standardization expert group for future networks, ITU-T Study Group… Read More »

NCC plans financial stress test for telecom operators

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has developed a monitoring and compliance plan effective last quarter of 2017 to periodically conduct stress tests on its telecommunications licensees in order to ascertain their viability as going concerns under the extant laws of Nigeria. The stress test is in line with the mandatory implementation of the Code of… Read More »

NSR forecast VSAT and Broadband Satellite Market Recovery

NSR’s VSAT and Broadband Satellite Markets 16th Edition report found an industry primed for growth again after several challenging years.  NSR forecasts the entire installed base for fixed VSATs to reach 17.8 million active sites by 2026, generating over $25.6 billion in annual service revenues. “The Consumer Broadband satellite market is back on the growth… Read More »

Intersat sets up teleport services in Nairobi

InterSat, a satellite solution provider and ABS, a global satellite operator announced the launch of iDirect platforms on ABS-3A C-band and Ku-band beams. These platforms will provide quality broadband across Sub-Sahara and South Africa, as well as serving French speaking African countries. With the growing demand for broadband internet services, users in Africa demand services… Read More »