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One of the World’s Largest MNOs to Deploy Gilat’s 4G Cellular Backhaul over Satellite Technology

January 3, 2021   Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions,  and  services,  has  announced  that  one  of  the  world’s  largest Mobile  Network  Operators (MNOs)  will  deploy  4G  cellular  backhaul  over  satellite  technology  from  Gilat.  The  top tier  MNO, serving  hundreds  of millions  of  subscribers  in  Asia,  will  implement  Gilat’s  SkyEdge  II c  system  and Capricorn Outdoor VSATs, which will enable improved Voice and Data over LTE services for its mobile subscribers. This  4G  cellular backhaul  solution over  satellite is expected  to be deployed in  the  first
quarter of 2022.   

KVH Announces VSAT Services for Vessels in Indian Waters

December 21, 2021   KVH Industries, Inc., has announced the launch of satellite connectivity services that will allow vessels to use KVH connectivity while operating in Indian territorial waters. In addition, KVH will offer satellite connectivity services to Indian flagged vessels. Station Satcom Private Ltd, an existing  KVH  service  provider  based  in Mumbai,  will  be  KVH’s  distribution  launch  partner  in  India. KVH’s VSAT services, which utilize Intelsat’s FlexMaritime network, are designed to make it possible APSCC Monthly e Newsletter 2 January 2022 for the thousands of vessels that operate in Indian waters to benefit from the fast data speeds and  reliable  connectivity  of  high throughput  satellite  (HTS)  technology.  For  the Indian  services, Intelsat worked  closely  with  local  entities  to  get  the  approvals  needed  for  maritime  use  at  a  key  time. Commercial vessels are migrating from legacy L band services to Ku band HTS VSAT services, such as those  offered  by  KVH,  as  the  maritime  industry  pursues  digitalization  to  optimize  operational efficiency and increase crew welfare. 

OneWeb Welcomes Vocus as First Distribution Partner in Australia 

December 20, 2021   OneWeb has welcomed Vocus, Australia’s specialist fibre and network solutions provider, as its first distribution partner in Australia. The partnership will see Vocus deliver OneWeb’s high speed,  low latency  communications  services  across  the  country.  Supported  by  a  network  of gateways  and  user  terminals,  OneWeb’s  global  connectivity  platform  will  provide  high bandwidth and  low latency  connectivity  to  expand  Vocus’s  existing  connectivity  capabilities  in  and  across Australia. The partnership will enable a  fibre like experience to benefit end users, offering network and internet access no matter where customers are, and will showcase Vocus’ technical capabilities as  well  as  its commitment  to  delivering  exceptional  experiences.  The  partnership  will  focus  on expanding  bandwidth  for  a  variety  of  industries  such  as  government, mining,  oil  and  gas,  utilities, construction,  and  community  services.  This  will  serve  a  range  of  use  cases  and  benefits,  including improving corporate efficiency, health and safety, asset tracking, environmental monitoring, and new operational applications, while also  helping  remote workers  better  connect with  their  families and loved  ones  back  home.  Utilising  the  power  of  OneWeb’s  network,  Vocus  will  augment  its  existing GEO  satellite  or  microwave  connectivity  by  adding  low latency  LEO  satellite  services.  Through  its national  high capacity  fibre  infrastructure,  Vocus  delivers  connectivity,  collaboration,  hybrid  cloud and  data  centre  solutions  to  enterprise  and  government  organisations  across  a  wide  range  of industries,  including  those  in  regional  or  remote  locations  who  previously  had  limited  or  no connectivity. 

Honeywell,  SES  and  Hughes  Demonstrate  Multinetwork  Airborne  Connectivity  for  Government Customers 

December  20,  2021     Honeywell  SES  and  Hughes  have  successfully  demonstrated  multinetwork, multiorbit high speed airborne connectivity for military customers, a technological breakthrough that will enable government and military  personnel  to  communicate  between  the ground and air more efficiently  and  securely  than  ever.  Honeywell’s  JetWave  MCX  broadband  satellite  communication (SATCOM)  solution,  using  an  HM series  modem  from  Hughes  Network  Systems  LLC  (Hughes),  was paired with SES’ medium earth orbit (MEO) high throughput, low latency network, and multiple SES geostationary  satellites,  including  the  government dedicated  GovSat 1  satellite.  Airborne demonstrations showed that Honeywell’s JetWave MCX terminal is compatible with various Ka band network  capabilities  and  can  provide  military  customers  with  network  resilience  that  supports primary  alternate  contingency  and  emergency  (PACE)  communication  requirements.  Additionally, SES’  MEO  constellation  provided  both  lower  latency  and  fiber like  connectivity  during  the  demo flights, with  full duplex data rates of more than 40 megabits per second. This is noteworthy due  to government customers’ demand for robust uplink, as evidenced by multiple simultaneous HD video feeds.  To  achieve  additional  levels  of  security,  the  companies  leveraged  the  military  Ka band government  frequencies  delivered  via  the  SES  GovSat 1  satellite  and  the  software defined  Hughes HM series modem. These capabilities ensure that today’s warfighters have the data they need, when and wherever they need it, including in contested and high activity environments.

Kacific Goes All in on AWS to Scale up Delivery of its Broadband Internet 

December 20, 2021    Kacific Broadband Satellites announced  that it is going all in on Amazon Web Services  (AWS) to scale up  the delivery of its broadband internet  for the rural regions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Kacific plans to migrate its IT infrastructure and critical business applications to AWS  by  2022.  AWS  has  enabled  Kacific  to  reduce  time to market  and  to  enhance  network  management  by  approximately  50%  and  respond  more  rapidly  to  customer  requests  and  needs. These  gains  in  productivity  and  quality  of  service,  achieved  by  leveraging  AWS  technologies  like compute, storage, and databases, in combination with Kacific’s commitment to providing affordable connectivity, have improved healthcare outcomes, educational opportunities, and disaster recovery capabilities  for  millions  of  people  living  in  remote  areas  of  Southeast  Asia  and  the  Pacific.  By migrating  its  IT  support  systems  to  the  world’s  leading  cloud  services  provider,  Kacific  is  taking  a “cloud first” approach  to provide accessible, high quality, low cost broadband internet connectivity enabling it to connect subscribers to its rapidly expanding network.

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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.