WBMSAT News Bits 03/25/2011

HYLAS 1 ready for service – Avanti needs to build up large customer base to recoup investment in satellite – faces stiff competition from up and coming terrestrial wireless broadband services.
[The Register – 03/25/2011]

Inmarsat and Boeing successfully complete key design and engineering milestone for three state-of-the-art Ka-band high-throughput satellites with broadband speeds up to 50 Mbps to make up new Inmarsat-5 constellation.
[SatNews – 03/25/2011]

Telesat receives high scores in WTA Teleport Operator Satisfaction Survey.
[Satellite Today – 03/25/2011]

Telkomunikasi Indonesia to launch Telkom-3 satellite this year.
[TeleGeography – 03/25/2011]

Astrium congratulates UK government on creation of National Space Technology Programme to be funded by government and industry to drive innovation in Britain’s thriving space industry.
[SatNews – 03/25/2011]

TerreStar Genus terrestrial/satellite phone wins innovation award at 2011 CTIA Wireless show.
[TMCnet – 03/25/2011]

Frost and Sullivan releases new report, “Defense Communications Funding Trends and Prospects,” focusing on defense communications technologies such as tactical radios and military satellite and network-centric communications.
[TMCnet – 03/24/2011]

Kore Telematics expands M2M network globally, featuring enhanced cellular data network services complemented by global satellite delivery.
[MSP News – 03/24/2011]

LightSquared signs Best Buy as second public wholesale customer just one day after signing Cricket Communications, giving indications it is well on its way to getting its business off the ground.
[Wireless Week – 03/24/2011]

Numerex partners with Tekelec to market new M2M solutions.
[Satellite Today – 03/24/2011]

Dish Network sues Dark Angel of Canada, and two of its customers, for pirating satellite television programming.
[Victoria Advocate – 03/24/2011]

Eutelsat wins “Crystal Antenna of the World of Media” award for Poland’s first live satellite transmission in 3D.
[PR Newswire — 03/24/2011]

Five year agreement between Spacecom of Israel and Mreza Plust TV of Bosnia will result in the news and entertainment being distributed throughout Bosnia on the AMOS satellites.
[SatNews – 03/24/2011]

International Launch Services launches aggressive protest against recurring subsidies to competitor Arianespace by the 18-nation European Space Agency.
[SatNews – 03/23/2011]

Viasat enters into agreement with Asia Broadcast Satellite to provide Ka-band satellite IP transit service in key areas of Middle East using the ABS satellite.
[TMCnet – 03/23/2011]

SES ASTRA extends its technical reach across Europe and now serves 135 million TV homes in Europe and North Africa via its satellite fleet.
[SatNews – 03/23/2011]

Skylogic, the broadband subsidiary of Eutelsat, and Sat Internet Services sign 3 year agreement for broadband services using the KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite.
[Techzone 360 – 03/23/2011]

First Responders in Minnesota have access to SATCOW (Satellite-equipped Communication Site on Wheels), operated by Hennepin County.
[KAAL TV – 03/23/2011]

Satellite operators may no longer have to throw away good geostationary satellites if deal between Intelsat and Canada’s MDA to build robotic satellite refueler works out.
[Aviation Week – 03/22/2011]

Lockheed Martin shows off test version of Orion spacecraft, initially meant to return humans to the moon, but may be escape vehicle for International Space Station or taking astronauts beyond Earth Orbit.
[R&D Magazine – 03/22/2011]

Arianespace readies for dual launch of Intelsat New Dawn and Yahsat Y1A on March 30, as Soyuz prepares for launch of six Globalstar satellites in Kazakhstan in May.
[SatNews – 03/22/2011]

O3b awards Integral Systems contract to provide carrier monitoring and interference detection.
[The Street – 03/22/2011]

Indian broadcaster Sun TV signs multi-year multi-transponder lease agreement with Intelsat for C-band capacity on IS-17.
[Satellite Today – 03/22/2011]

JetBlue deal for Ka-band in-flight broadband service for entire 160-aircraft fleet huge win for ViaSat.
[Satellite Today – 03/22/2011]

Western spy satellites monitor the remaining containers of mustard blister agent in the Libyan desert.
[SatNews – 03/22/2011]

Four high-level speakers joins roster of illustrious participants in Space Foundation’s Cyber 1.1 conference next month.
[SatNews – 03/22/2011]

Albanian government awards contract to EMA Group for Iridium-based Vessel Monitoring Systems on the country’s commercial fishing fleet.
[Satellite Today – 03/22/2011]

Newtec marks 10 years in Asia by joining the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council.
[SatNews – 03/22/2011]

Maritime satellite communications provider Marlink extends contract with seismic vessel operator Fugro-Geoteam for another five years.
[Satellite Today – 03/22/2011]

United Nations OCHA and GVF join forces to facilitate global disaster preparedness and response efforts.
[Satellite Evolution Group – 03/15/2011]

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