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Kratos Receives $65 Million in Recent Space and Satellite Communications Contract Awards

January 1, 2019 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has received recent space and satellite communications contract awards and options on existing contracts totaling approximately $65 million. Work performed under these contract awards will be performed at secure Kratos manufacturing facilities and customer locations and is expected to be substantially completed over the next 12 months. The awards include Kratos’ products and services across technology application domains that are critical to defending space operations and assuring global satellite communication for the United States and its allies, as well as certain other operations that are essential to national security. Under the contract awards, Kratos will provide solutions for satellite command & control, signal monitoring, end-to-end service assurance, cloud-enabled architectures and other applications. Kratos products support more than 85 percent of United States space missions, and are used by more than 75 percent of global satellite operators.

Panasonic Avionics Subsidiary, AeroMobile, Partners with Ooredoo in Kuwait for Inflight Roaming

January 2, 2019 - Panasonic Avionics Corporation Subsidiary, AeroMobile, a leading provider of inflight mobile connectivity, has partnered with Ooredoo, one of the leading telecoms operators in the Middle East,
to make roaming in the skies of Kuwait more accessible and affordable for their local customers. In a first for a Kuwaiti mobile operator, Ooredoo Kuwait have expanded their mainstream roaming bundle, Ooredoo
Passport, to now include AeroMobile’s inflight mobile phone service as an additional destination. As a result, Ooredoo customers will now be able to surf the internet, check emails and stay social at the same cost as all other Passport destinations when flying on any airline and aircraft connected by AeroMobile’s network. AeroMobile inflight mobile services are available on 22 airlines worldwide including Kuwait Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways in the Middle East.

Ericsson and Panasonic Avionics Bringing Connectivity to the Skies with 5G Ready Platform

January 2, 2019 - Ericsson and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) have announced that Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution is now live, supporting connectivity services across multiple markets served by Panasonic. Ericsson’s Core Network as a Service solution will help Panasonic and its subsidiary AeroMobile, a global GSMA telecoms operator, provide data, voice and messaging services to the millions of airline passengers that use these services in flight. The collaboration between Ericsson, Panasonic and AeroMobile started in 2016 and is now fully operational and delivers services to Panasonic customers worldwide. As part of Panasonic’s initiative to bring a superior connected experience onboard commercial aircraft, Panasonic and Ericsson have seamlessly migrated the existing service operating across a global fleet of aircraft onto the Core Network, delivered as a Service, while maintaining network performance and customer experience.

Hughes to Supply BGAN Satellite Terminals for US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center

January 7, 2019 - Hughes Network Systems announced that U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic ordered over 200 of the Hughes 9211 Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) satellite terminals. Placed through Hughes partner Marshall Communications Corporation, the order outfits SSC Atlantic with the world's smallest and lightest High Data Rate (HDR) terminal, enabling mission-critical
military communications that are mobile and easy to deploy. Filling a vital requirement for the military, the Hughes 9211 BGAN terminal offers high-speed satellite connectivity in a light-weight and ruggedized device that can deploy quickly and easily in the harshest environments. Delivering high-throughput speeds over 650 kbps with built-in, multi-user Wi-Fi access, the 9211 BGAN supports multiple team members simultaneously and overcomes Line-of-Sight (LoS) limitations. With low power consumption, the terminal also includes a built-in compass and audio tone for signal acquisition. To date, Hughes has delivered these
terminals to serve military, media correspondence, public safety and mobile health care needs.

Marlink Expands VSAT Services to Transpetrol Tanker Fleet

January 7, 2019 - Marlink has been awarded a contract renewal to expand its Sealink VSAT service to international ship owner Transpetrol. The renewal secures access to Marlink’s global network and specially-chosen business critical VSAT solutions for the entire tanker fleet and two planned new buildings due for delivery within 18 months. Operating a sophisticated and diverse fleet from medium range tankers
to Aframax and Very Large Gas Carriers on global routes, Transpetrol’s need for always available data and voice communication for operations and crew welfare is addressed by a standardised and cost-effective
solution integrating Global Ku-band VSAT, with L-band back-up.

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