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Hispasat and Gilat Partner to Commercialize HTS Capacity of Amazonas 3 and 5 Satellites

August 2, 2018 ‐ Hispasat and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. have entered into a partnership to commercialize Hispasat's Ka band satellite capacity over Brazil, with an estimated potential revenue of tens of millions of dollars over a period of several years. The contract enables Hispamar, a Hispasat subsidiary, to deliver consumer broadband and enterprise services to local Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In this way quality access to the Internet may be offered to every city, town, and community in the country, even in remote areas, thus reducing the digital divide and promoting regional development. Hispasat and Gilat are joining forces to develop the satellite broadband market in Brazil. Hispamar will utilize the recently launched Amazonas‐5 multi‐spot‐beam Ka satellite capacity, as well as Amazonas‐3 Ka capacity, while leveraging Gilat's SkyEdge II‐c multi‐service platform, versatile VSAT equipment, Network Operation Center (NOC), and field support services.

Yahsat Completes Acquisition of Thuraya

August 5, 2018 ‐ Yahsat completed the acquisition of a majority and controlling stake in the mobile satellite services operator Thuraya. The acquisition of the UAE’s first home grown satellite operator, Thuraya, is set to significantly expand Yahsat’s current satellite solutions portfolio on both commercial and government fronts and creates a strong platform to capture the growing opportunity around IoT and M2M applications across both sectors. Thuraya’s two satellites, serving over 160 countries, will join the Yahsat fleet, expanding the group’s satellite fleet to five. The combination of geostationary satellites operating in the C, Ka, Ku and L‐bands will jointly cover Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Asia, providing a broad range of Fixed and Mobile Satellite Services spanning voice and data communications to both commercial and government sectors.

Comtech EF Data Expands WAN Optimization Product Line to Enhance Users’ Quality of Experience

August 6, 2018 ‐ Comtech EF Data Corp. announced the expansion of its WAN Optimization (WANOp) product line targeted at satellite service providers for Internet trunking applications. The expansion includes new WANOp appliances and enhanced functionality focused on users’ Quality of Experience (QoE). The new Release 7 of the FX Series WANOp appliance solution delivers unparalleled performance of up to 5 Gbps throughput and 1,000,000 TCP flows, leveraging the bandwidth capabilities of High Throughput Satellites. When paired with Comtech EF Data’s CDM‐760 Advanced High‐Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem, the FX Series delivers the ultimate Internet trunking solution for satellite service providers.

Casbaa Becomes the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA)

August 6, 2018 ‐ At an Extraordinary General Meeting of members, Casbaa overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a new constitution and new name. Casbaa will now be known as the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) and have a new mandate to represent the interests of companies across the broader video industry. The principal objective of AVIA is to make the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific stronger and healthier. Specifically, the Association will be focused on three main goals: to be the interlocutor for the video industry with governments across the Asia Pacific region; to be dedicated to reducing video piracy and creating a more sustainable business environment within which established and new video companies can innovate and grow; and to be a leading source of insight into the video industry through publications and reports as well as seminars and conferences.

Uniwise Offshore Selects Thaicom Nava for Entire Fleet

August 6, 2018 ‐ Uniwise Offshore Limited, one of Asia’s leading offshore support vessel (OSV) operators, has chosen Nava™, Thaicom’s new high‐speed broadband service for maritime markets, to enhance the
company’s operations on their entire fleet of more than 30 vessels. Uniwise Offshore will use Nava enabled high‐speed connectivity and solutions to focus on operational improvements, including optimized electronic document handling, as well as ship‐to‐ship and ship‐to‐shore communications for safer and more cost‐effective operations. The company will also be able to improve its on‐board communication services including crew welfare and fleet management. The service is powered by Nava FTTS™ (Fibre to the Ship) which is able to support very high data rates, providing constantly high bandwidth for operational efficiency with wide area satellite coverage across Asia Pacific. Nava FTTS incorporates an Lband backup solution.

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