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Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat Establish the C‐Band Alliance

October 1, 2018 ‐ Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, and Telesat announced the creation of a consortium called the CBand Alliance, or CBA, in a move that could accelerate making mid‐band spectrum available for 5G services. The CBA is designed to act as a facilitator as described in a recent U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceeding featuring the companies’ market‐based proposal to clear a portion of Cband spectrum in the United States. The formation of the CBA is a significant achievement and demonstrates the industry alignment necessary to make this mid‐band spectrum available quickly, thus supporting the U.S. objective of winning the race to introduce terrestrial 5G services. A significant milestone in the progression of the proposal, the establishment of the CBA signifies that the satellite operators delivering the vast majority of satellite C‐band services in the U.S. have agreed upon the key technical and commercial steps necessary to enable commercial implementation of the spectrum clearing process. The CBA also ensures that customer services are protected from potential interference as new wireless services are introduced into the cleared portion of the spectrum.

Cobham and Inmarsat Solution Extended to United Airlines’ Boeing 737NG

October 2, 2018 ‐ Cobham Aerospace Communications, the leading manufacturer of satellite communications solutions, and Inmarsat have announced entering into a contract for the certification of the AVIATOR 300D satellite communication system on Boeing 737NG aircraft. The new STC for the Cobham solution will enable United Airlines to extend Inmarsat’s SB‐S satellite IP platform to more of its fleet, bringing the airline more operational efficiencies from the connected flight deck. Developed and owned by Avionics Support Group, Inc. (ASG) for the AVIATOR avionics and Delta G Designs, Inc. (DGD) for the compact Cobham IGA‐5001 Intermediate Gain Antenna, the STCs will cover the Boeing 737, NG and MAX aircraft and are expected to be available in early 2019. For the last year, United Airlines has been utilising Cobham’s AVIATOR 300D satcom and Inmarsat’s SB‐S IP broadband platform on its Boeing 767‐300 aircraft in the North Atlantic Airspace for communications and surveillance with Controller‐Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Contract (ADS‐C) messaging.

ORBCOMM to Offer Satellite Services and Solutions in China

October 3, 2018 ‐ ORBCOMM Inc. announced the availability of ORBCOMM satellite services and solutions in China, targeted for the heavy equipment, transportation & logistics and maritime industries. One of the premier Chinese telecommunications operators recently received the authorization for the use of ORBCOMM’s satellite constellation. ORBCOMM’s local service partner for China, Asia Pacific Navigation Telecommunications Satellite (APNTS), based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, will participate in providing service, support and distribution. A China Gateway Earth Station (GES) is planned for construction to serve as a network link between the ORBCOMM satellite system and its worldwide infrastructure. It will enable ORBCOMM to more effectively deliver the advanced services provided by its satellite constellation, making communications more efficient, reliable and globally available for its industrial IoT customers. Additional ORBCOMM GES facilities in China are in the planning stages.

SES Networks Enables Direct Connectivity to IBM Cloud via Global Satellite Network

October 4, 2018 ‐ Through the IBM Cloud Direct Link Service Provider Program, SES Networks is enabling high‐performance, fibre‐like connectivity to IBM Cloud customers globally. SES Networks is using satellitebased connectivity to deliver an improved digital experience in customer segments such as governments, global telecommunications, maritime, aerospace, energy and other markets with remote or mobile end. points, SES announced. With cloud adoption increasing worldwide, SES Networks is collaborating with IBM to help ensure that applications and solutions can be deployed on the IBM Cloud to markets that currently have limited connectivity due to unreliable or non‐existent terrestrial networks. SES Networks’ O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite network delivers improved resilience and always‐on managed connectivity services to IBM Cloud customers.

Intelsat and APSATCOM Launch IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime in Asia

October 7, 2018 ‐ Intelsat S.A. announced that APT Mobile Satcom Ltd. (APSATCOM) will become the first maritime solution partner to offer, in China, IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services. This agreement will deliver a seamless global maritime network for APSATCOM’s customers, providing unparalleled throughput, improved economics, and easier access to broadband services. Under the new, multi‐year agreement, Intelsat will provide IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services, interconnection, and backhaul to APSATCOM’s data centers. The award‐winning IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform is a seamlessly integrated managed service that offers multi‐layered global coverage by leveraging the power of the Intelsat EpicNG high‐throughput satellites (HTS) and Intelsat’s global network of wide beam satellites.

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