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Nelco and Telesat Partner to Bring Advanced LEO Satellite Network to India

September 30, 2020 - Nelco has entered into a cooperation agreement with Telesat, a leading global satellite operator that has been addressing complex connectivity challenges for over 50 years. Nelco and Telesat will collaborate on terrestrial facilities, commercial distribution and regulatory frameworks to offer Telesat LEO satellite connectivity in India. Telesat LEO is a next generation satellite constellation that leverages Telesat’s global, priority Ka-band spectrum rights and patent-pending architecture to fundamentally transform global communications. Telesat LEO will help close the digital divide in remote and challenging locations, accelerate 5G expansion, and set new levels of performance for enterprise, telecom, mobility and government broadband connectivity on land, air and sea. The Telesat LEO constellation will provide complete coverage of India and superior enterprise connectivity in the country, subject to the necessary regulatory clearances. The availability of the Telesat LEO Network in India has the potential to provide significant benefits in areas like 4G/5G backhaul, mobile hotspots, distance education, telemedicine, village connectivity, as well as maritime and inflight connectivity. The open architecture, compliant with the Metro Ethernet Forum standard, will simplify the integration of Telesat LEO services with enterprise networks, including Nelco infrastructure and service offerings. Acting as a virtual fibre network, Telesat LEO Layer 2 transport service can deliver hundreds of Mbps to a terminal. 

STEP Electronics Chosen as Select Partner with Kymeta in Beta Trial Program for Revolutionary Mobile Connectivity Solution

September 30, 2020 - STEP Electronics has been chosen as a select global partner by Kymeta in the beta trial program for their next generation Kymeta™ u8 flat panel antenna across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific allowing our customers the opportunity to explore and test the features of this remarkable communications on the move solution that combines satellite and cellular network technologies. The Kymeta u8 is the second generation electronically steered flat panel antenna, which has been redesigned for usability and improved performance. The u8 offers a low-profile form factor with native DC power input for easy integration into mobile platforms, and it supports global land mobility, covering the full Kuband with improved efficiency. The u8 antenna platform provides options for configurations to meet any industry’s communication needs. The u8 GEO terminal offers integrated satellite and cellular modems for a multi-WAN configuration for a unique seamless hybrid satellite/cellular connectivity, while the u8 Outdoor Unit (ODU) allows Av-Comm to design a comms-on-the-move connectivity solution that fits directly into your existing satellite networks. During prototype field trials, the Kymeta u8 GEO terminal achieved 100% connectivity in vehicles on the move, with either satellite or cellular connection, further validating the offered hybrid solution for continuous and seamless connectivity.

Paradigm’s SWARMGX VSAT Now Available in Japan via Jsat Mobile

September 29, 2020 - Paradigm, together with JSAT MOBILE and Inmarsat, is pleased to announce that the ultra-portable and compact SWARMGX VSAT is now available in Japan through JSAT MOBILE on the Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite network. Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications provides fast and cost effective high throughput data services for GX Land based services such as G2X Land. JSAT MOBILE has a number of customer engagements and events scheduled already for the SWARM and is really excited about the opportunities the low SWaP terminal will create for their customers, particularly in the media and government sectors. The lightweight yet rugged SWARM supports the need for rapid transport and setup. It is IATA compliant and can be easily transported in a hand carry case or backpack. Powered by the PIM®, pointing is quick and simple and terminal performance is optimised; it can be setup in under 90 secs and operational in 240 secs.

Hitachi Begins Testing of 5G Powered Industrial IoT Solutions at its Silicon Valley Research Center

September 25, 2020 - Hitachi, Ltd. announced that a dedicated 5G network has been installed at its Silicon Valley Research Center, part of the Research & Development Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. in partnership with Ericsson. The network will leverage 5G and Hitachi's platform technology to accelerate the development and demonstrate the value of digital transformation across industries. Fifth generation wireless network technology, commonly referred to as "5G technology," is expected to drastically change the way society operates by providing ubiquitous connectivity with ultra-reliable low-latency communication. 5G has the power to accelerate the digital transformation of not just the telecom sector, but businesses across industries. Sectors that will benefit from the increased resiliency and efficiency that 5G technology affords include manufacturing, mobility, healthcare, energy, and IT, though the platform is also expected to support new business models.

Inmarsat Fleet LTE Service Coverage Extended to Gulf of Mexico

September 24, 2020 - Inmarsat will extend its unique ‘three-in-one’ Fleet LTE coverage for offshore service vessels to the Gulf of Mexico, following successful trials with V.Ships Offshore in the North Sea area. In conjunction with Inmarsat’s service provider One Net, the North Sea trials were undertaken with ship management company V.Ships Offshore at the beginning of 2020, delivering hybrid connectivity via 4G cellular plus satellite coverage on VSAT Ka-band and L-band, without the complication of dual billing or the risk of disconnection. V.Ships Offshore, based in Aberdeen, covers ship management and technical services, as well as crew management and recruitment. The new Gulf of Mexico coverage extension adds to the existing agreement already in place with subsea fibre and offshore LTE network operator, Tampnet, following the Fleet LTE North Sea service launch in November 2019.

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APSCC is a non-profit, international organization representing all sectors of satellite and space-related industries. The aim of the organization is to exchange views and ideas on satellite technologies, systems, policies and outer space activities in general along with satellite communications including broadcasting for the betterment of the Asia-Pacific region.

Conferences, forums, workshops, and exhibitions are organized through regional coordination with its members in order to promote new services and businesses via satellite as well as outer space activities. APSCC membership is open to any government body, public or private organization, association, or corporation that is involved in satellite services, risk management or associate fields such as data-casting, informatics, multi-media, telecommunications and other outer-space related activities with interests in the Asia-Pacific region. More information is available at www.apscc.or.kr.