WBMSAT News Bits 08/24/2015

Featured Article

Newtec demonstration at Intelsat teleport smashes efficiency record, with 20 Mbps into 2 MHz of transponder bandwidth.  (08/24)

Industry Groups, Trade Shows

AIAA’s first ever SATCOM engineering tech conference to be held in Australia from September 7 to 10, 2015.  (08/19)

MilSatCom Latin America to occur from September 22nd through 23rd at Macelo Atlantic Suites in Macelo, Brazil.  (08/18)

Industry Reports

NSR report projects satellite earth observation market to reach $4.5 billion in next decade.  (08/24)

Technavio’s analysts forecast the FSS market in North America to grow at a CAGR of 0.76% over the period 2014-2019.  (08/21)

Research and Markets announces the addition of the “Global Satellite M2M Connections and Services Market 2015-2019” report to their offering.  (08/19)

New “Satellite Transponders Market” report added to Research and Markets offerings sees in-flight communications, M2M, and Maritime Broadand continuing to drive growth.  (08/18)

Financial Times reports that approximately 566,000 satellite and cable Pay-TV accounts were discontinued from April through June, 2015.  (08/18)

NSR’s Government and Military Satellite Communications, 12th Edition report provides an in-depth view at the drivers, regional trends, and capacity demand through 2024.  (08/17)

Launch Activity

Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 are successfully launched into orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket.  (08/24)

Inmarsat’s third Global Xpress satellite expected to launch Friday, August 28; the company hopes it will deliver a $500m boost to revenue by 2020.  (08/23)

Navy’s fourth MUOS satellite is set atop Atlas V for August 31 launch.  (08/21)

ISRO’s GSAT-6 communications satellite prepares for August 27 launch. (08/21)

Argentina’s ARSAT-2 arrives in French Guiana for September launch.  (08/21)

Market Strategy & Revenues

Satellite Solutions Worldwide acquires Sat2Way.  (08/20)

Under development agreement, SHARP will use its liquid crystal display production technology to manufacture Kymeta’s new flat-panel satellite antenna.  (08/19)

Satcom Direct Communications signs agreement to acquire Airbus DS SatCom Government, Inc.  (08/18)

Satellite Construction

U.S. Export-Import Bank’s loss of operating charter leads to Boeing’s loss of $85 million satellite contract with Asia Broadcast Satellite.  (8/22)

Avanti Communications Group announces completion of financing for its HYLAS 4 satellite.  (08/19)

Government, Military & Defense

Team from the Air Force, Navy and Lockheed Martin tests MUOS in Antarctica.  (08/24)

Nigerian Director General of NASRDA laments that ‘foreigners control 97% of Africa’s satellite technology.  (08/23)

From throttle to brakes ACMS maintainers make RPA (Remote Piloted Aircraft) missions possible.  (08/21)

Israel and the United States announced an agreement of cooperation to track and prevent collisions between satellites in orbit.  (08/18)


FCC rules that Dish cannot operate two small subsidiaries and receive discounts reserved for small businesses, while bidding for spectrum during the upcoming AWS-3 Auction 97.  (08/19)


Satcom Direct introduces AeroIT – training and certification for IT in Aviation.  (08/18)

Ratheon delivers next-generation SATCOM radio for certification testing.  (08/16)


Comcast will deploy DOCSIS 3.1 across entire footprint by 2018, enabling speeds up to 10 Gbps over Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) network.  (08/24)

Joining Google, SpaceX and Facebook in proposing large satellite constellations for broadband, Samsung proposes 4,500 LEO satellites.  (08/17)


EVP at Encompass Digital Media states that satellite DTH broadcasting appears to be outpacing cable in Latin America.  (08/21)

Beximco Communications set to launch DTH service for TV viewers in Bangladesh.  (08/21)

Capacity Deals

Aircom Pacific leases tranponders across AsiaSat fleet for in-flight entertainment delivery.  (08/21)

Disaster Recovery

Optus targets small business with satellite continuity service to use in event of fibre network outage.  (08/21)

Ground Systems

Es’hailSat signs deal with Promer to build teleport north of Doha.  (08/24)

Intellian 60cm and 1m antennas approved in partnership with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting as VSAT platforms for THOR 7 satellite.  (08/21)


Eurostar launches Asianet Mobile TV app in the Arabian Gulf.  (08/25)

Oil & Gas

Speedcast gets one of its largest satellite service agreements ever in the energy sector, covering over 20 countries in Asia-Pacific and Africa.  (08/24)

Meosat has announced its O3b Networks satellite communications system is live and operational in Southern Iraq.  (08/17)

The Human Element

NewCom and Kidnected World to bring satellite-based internet connectivity to indigenous children.  (08/19)

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