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Speedcast Wins Multi‐Year Contract with Sasol for Fully‐Managed Communications Solutions and IT Support in Mozambique

August 1, 2019 - Speedcast International has been awarded a new multi-year contract to provide communications and onsite IT support services at four operations camps for Sasol's oil & gas exploration and well delivery camps operating in Mozambique. This contract marks Speedcast's first project for this South African-based customer and the sixth project in Mozambique, where Speedcast was the first to market in the establishment of a local entity, Speedcast Mozambique Lda. Under this entity, Speedcast will deliver a wide range of fully-managed services to Sasol's four base camps housing crew working on exploration and well delivery projects in-country. The solution is set up to account for potential harsh weather with C-band VSAT connectivity as well as terrestrial fiber optic backhaul, satellite phones and a terrestrial radio infrastructure including mobile data backup and portable radio over IP using Inmarsat BGAN. Value-added solutions include internal and external voice services, Wi-Fi and crew welfare communications to each site. Speedcast will provide 24/7 onsite IT support managing internet, firewalls, document storage, printing, VoIP and teleconferencing.

SES Pioneers Cloud‐Based Network Automation and Service Orchestration

August 5, 2019 - SES will create an open, standards-based network automation and service orchestration platform, built on Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and powered by Amdocs’ network functions virtualization (NFV) technology. With today’s announcement, SES is the first satellite network solutions provider to adopt ONAP, an open software platform designed for orchestrating the creation and delivery of new services in an automated operational environment. SES is implementing ONAP with Amdocs on Microsoft Azure, the industry’s scalable and flexible cloud services platform supported by Microsoft’s expansive global network. With ONAP operating on Azure, SES can extend network services and activate virtualised network functions quickly and at scale, accelerating time-to-market and improving service agility for customers anywhere on the globe. In addition, SES is partnering with Amdocs, a leader in developing and integrating ONAP solutions on Microsoft Azure. Together, Amdocs and Microsoft represent best-in-class ecosystem partners to deploy open, cloud-based network automation and orchestration.

Gilat to Provide Aero Antennas to a Tier‐1 Business Aviation Service Provider

August 5, 2019 - Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. will provide aero antennas with an initial agreement for tens of millions of dollars to a Tier-1 business aviation service provider. This expands Gilat’s aero offering into the business aviation market with a leading tail-mount antenna for business jets. The high-speed satellitebased global connectivity service being developed will be enabled by Gilat’s aero terminal which includes a 12” tail-mount Ku band antenna, and Gilat’s industry proven Taurus aero modem. Gilat’s solution is designed to provide the user experience this demanding market requires. The service for business aviation will be provided over one of the largest aero networks operating worldwide.

Capella Space Partners with Addvalue and Inmarsat for Real‐time Tasking

August 5, 2019 - Capella Space entered into an agreement with Addvalue, a one-stop digital, wireless and broadband communications technology products innovator, for use of its Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS™) via Inmarsat's global L-Band satellite communications network. The Inmarsat network provides satellite uplink and downlink services, which enable Capella to task any satellite in its constellation in any location in the world in real-time. Through its agreement with Addvalue, Capella will have a significant market lead as the only Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) provider with real-time tasking capability. This unique partnership will position Capella as the only SAR operator capable of real-time responsiveness. Lightweight Addvalue terminals on Capella satellites will drastically reduce the time required to order and deliver high-resolution imagery from anywhere in the world. Addvalue's IDRS will keep Capella's constellation of 36 SAR micro-satellites in constant contact with Inmarsat's award-winning global L-Band network, enabling two-way, secure and fast IP-based connectivity. Unlike traditional time-consuming ordering processes that rely on legacy systems such as fax machines, Capella customers will use a web application to instantly log and verify tasking requests routed through the Inmarsat network.

RBC Signals Introduces Xpress X‐band Downlink Service

August 5, 2019 - RBC Signals announced the all-new RBC Signals Xpress product, an X-band downlink service intended for Earth Observation satellite operators. Designed as an affordable means for downlinking large data volumes, RBC Signals Xpress employs the robust and highly efficient RBC Signals global ground station network to deliver its service with game changing pricing notably lower than any other provider. RBC Signals provides space communication infrastructure as a service to low earth orbit (LEO), medium earth orbit (MEO) and geostationary orbit (GEO) satellite operators. The company’s rapidly expanding global network includes over 65 antennas in more than 40 strategic locations, supporting all major frequency bands. With shared multi-mission systems as well as mission-dedicated antennas, RBC Signals improves latency, resiliency, flexibility and data download capacity.

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