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URSYS Services to Migrate to Optus D2 Satellite

February 1, 2018 ‐ Optus Satellite and URSYS services, which specialises in remote area communications offerings, have announced that, following a competitive market review, URSYS iDirect VSAT services will
be migrated to the Optus D2 satellite by December 2018. Through its partnership with Optus, URSYS iDirect VSAT services will provide high quality broadband satellite communications, ideal for remote areas of Australia that are unable to connect with broadband services through regular means. URSYS has been operating iDirect based VSAT networks for more than 10 years, supporting hundreds of sites across Australia and internationally.

Marlink First to Introduce Prepaid Cards for Voice Calls on Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

February 1, 2018 ‐ Marlink has become the first Inmarsat Fleet Xpress Value Added Reseller (VAR) to provide customers with a prepaid voice card calling facility, giving seafarers a low‐cost and easy to manage
way to call family and friends ashore. The prepaid facility is available through Marlink’s established Universal Card, Universal Card Go and Prepaid Talk products, making it easy for ship owners to start offering the service and providing familiarity for the crew members using it. Simplifying the process for both ship owners and end‐users, all prepaid minutes on Marlink’s standard calling cards can be used on either the Ka‐band Global Xpress (GX) or back‐up L‐band FleetBroadband elements of the Fleet Xpress service. The same prepaid minutes can also be used on other Marlink services including Ku and C‐band VSAT, so regardless of the connectivity service available, seafarers need just one card to make calls to both terrestrial and mobile numbers.

Kratos Completes First Milestone in Critical Deployment Study for Air Force Spacecraft Enterprise Ground Services (EGS)

February 1, 2018 ‐ Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced today that it successfully completed Phase 1 of an EGS Study Contract that demonstrates a path forward to transition the Command and Control System‐Consolidated (CCS‐C), the Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Satellite C2 system, into the EGS. EGS is an enabler for the Air Force's Space Enterprise Vision (SEV), designed to support a sustainable, resilient space architecture that can respond to threats and protect space‐based assets. EGS will result in a more resilient, cost‐effective ground architecture that is more robust, provides for enhanced space situational awareness (SSA) and will integrate with the Air Force's Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control system (BMC2) now being developed. Two other SEV components focus on new, more resilient space architecture and a more responsive satellite launch capability.

Campbell Shipping Migrates to Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

February 2, 2018 ‐ Inmarsat has reached an agreement with Campbell Shipping, a ship management company headquartered in Nassau, The Bahamas, to migrate its fleet of dry bulk carriers to Fleet Xpress. The commitment will involve a migration and upgrade from Inmarsat’s XpressLink services to Fleet Xpress, in a move to ensure ships managed by Campbell ships will continue to have the best satellite connectivity service available on the market. Campbell Shipping regards resilient and high‐performance IT and communications infrastructure as essential in enabling its management system, the Campbell Target Operating Model (C‐TOM), to perform to its full potential; ensuring vessel productivity and safety, and alleviating the isolation sometimes felt by those working at sea.

Speedcast Secures Contract with NBN Co Australia

February 5, 2018 ‐ Speedcast International Limited has secured a 10‐year contract with Australian government‐owned infrastructure provider NBN Co Limited to deliver enterprise‐grade satellite services.  peedcast's wholly‐owned subsidiary and dedicated entity, Speedcast Managed Services, will partner with NBN Co to design, build and manage NBN Co's enterprise satellite services. The value of the base network
build and managed services project is AU$107 million and with other demand‐driven services the aggregate revenue is expected to be up to AU$184 million in total. This new contract will be a transformational project for Speedcast in Australia. Speedcast will leverage its experience as Australia's largest provider of enterprise‐grade satellite services to build and operate, in support of NBN Co, a unique suite of satellite services targeted at enterprise and government customers in Australia. To deliver on its mission, Speedcast will set up a new office with world class specialists in Melbourne to support NBN Co. The services provided by Speedcast will complement NBN Co's consumer satellite service and will serve to increase the availability of enterprise‐grade cost‐effective communications solutions for Australian businesses.

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