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Hughes Launches Consumer Satellite Internet Service in Colombia

October 2, 2017 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced the launch of HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service in Colombia beginning on September 28, the company's second international deployment of its award-winning consumer service beyond North America. Operating over the EchoStar XIX high-throughput satellite (HTS) – with the world's highest capacity at over 200 Gbps – HughesNet service coverage reaches 75 percent of Colombia's population, bringing the many benefits of affordable broadband Internet access to consumers and businesses either unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband. Hughes pioneered satellite Internet service for the mass market and this launch in Colombia builds upon its successful operations in North America and Brazil – with, to date, over 1 million subscribers, making it the world's largest high-speed satellite network. With this launch, HughesNet service is available now to more than 214 million people in South America.

IsoTropic Networks Selects VT iDirect For Next-Generation VSAT Offering

October 4, 2017 - iDirect, Inc. announced that IsoTropic Networks will upgrade all of its iDirect Evolution®-only line cards to Universal Line Cards, which have the capability to run both Evolution and Velocity networks and support the new iDirect iQ series remotes. The technology upgrade provides the infrastructure foundation for IsoTropic to launch next-generation services and prepares them for future customer requirements. IsoTropic Networks is a specialized leader in the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) market, delivering highly responsive and cost-effective services to enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. The network upgrade is in response to escalating customer demand for bandwidth and scalability, and enables IsoTropic Networks to increase support for real-time, data-intensive applications across its growing customer base.

Intelsat and Intel Propose Market-based Mechanism for Clearing 5G Spectrum Bands

October 5, 2017 - In a move that will be watched closely by Australian mobile carriers and satellite operators, global satellite provider Intelsat has teamed up with Intel on a joint proposal that would open up parts of the C-band spectrum for new 5G mobile services. In a submission to a US Federal Communications Commission inquiry seeking to expand access to mid-band spectrum for 5G, the two companies argued that satellite providers could voluntarily clear parts of the band and then enter into market-based agreements with mobile players for use of the spectrum. While acknowledging that the proposal would still cause pain for satellite operators, the two companies said it had the advantage of fully compensating satellite providers, reducing interference issues and putting the spectrum to its highest value use. Intelsat and Intel made their proposal in relation to terrestrial use in the 3700-4200 MHz downlink portion of the conventional C-band. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has recently kicked off a consultation on the adjacent 3.6GHz band, covering 3575–3700 MHz, but is yet to consult on the more widely used 3700-4200 MHz bands in Australia.

MDA Completes Acquisition of DigitalGlobe

October 5, 2017 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) completed its acquisition of DigitalGlobe, the global leader in high resolution Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. The merger creates the leading integrated commercial provider of satellites, imagery and geospatial solutions to commercial and government customers worldwide. The newly combined company will offer a broader set of space-based solutions, increased scale and a more diversified revenue base. The Company also announced that MDA will become Maxar Technologies Ltd., and its U.S.-headquartered operating company, SSL MDA Holdings, Inc., will become Maxar Technologies Holdings Inc. The new Maxar Technologies launches a distinctive group of leading space brands, technologies and capabilities.

Kymeta and Sky Perfect JSAT Demonstrate Kymeta’s KyTrek 3 for On-the-Move Connectivity

October 9, 2017 - Kymeta and Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) have successfully completed the first Asiabased satellite connectivity deployment of Kymeta mTenna technology. The implementation combined satellite capacity through the J5A SJC satellite with Kymeta’s flat panel, electronically-steered mTennau7 antenna subsystem module (ASM) to demonstrate the ability to provide uninterrupted, reliable connectivity on the move, and where terrestrial networks are unavailable. During KyTrek 3 across Japan, a Kymeta mTennau7 ASM was embedded between the roof and the headliner of a Toyota Land Cruiser. The vehicle then demonstrated continuous on-the-move connectivity that can be utilized to ensure first responders can communicate on the way to a natural disaster, when cellular networks may become compromised, as well as while they move around the disaster zone.

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