WBMSAT Satellite Industry News Bits October 15, 2010


Sirius XM-5 satellite successfully placed into transfer orbit aboard Russian Proton-M rocket.

[ITAR-TASS – 10/15/2010] 

Cyprus-based Intership selects broadband VSAT services by MTN for its 177,000 deadweight ton ships being built in China.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/15/2010]

Newcom expands worldwide reach with value added services including VideoMeetings, Internet Protocol TV (IPTV (News – Alert)) Services, and SatFAX.
[Satellite Spotlight – 10/15/2010] 

Launcher integration enters final phase as Arianespace prepares for Soyuz 2 launch of 6 Globalstar satellites next week.
[SatNews – 10/14/2010] 

SatMAX presents at SATCON on wirelessly using satellite phones and modems in command centers, airplane hangars, and indoor installations.
[Market Watch – 10/14/2010] 

WTA publishes its annual Inside the Top Operators research report.
[SatNews – 10/14/2010]

Comtech EF Data wins $3.2M order from unnamed U.S. Government Agency for satellite communications equipment to upgrade fielded terminals.
[Satellite Today – 10/14/2010] 

Stratos Global is provides world’s largest media organizations with Inmarsat BGAN] mobile broadband satellite service to broadcast coverage of the Chilean Mine Rescue.
[SatNews – 10/14/2010]

GlobalTop Technology announces GlobalTop Gms-u1LP, an all-in-one, high sensitivity, low power consumption, small SMD form factor (16 x 16 x 6 mm) GPS antenna module.
[SatNews – 10/14/2010] 

Northrup tests new computers and satellite communications hardware on B2 bomber.

Applied Satellite Engineering (ASE) has unveiled their SatChat Program for Windows(tm) as a powerful enhancement for the Iridium 9555 satellite phone.
[SatNews – 10/14/2010] 

LightSquared assembles rapid response team to deploy its technologies (basically a box of satellite-capable phones) quickly at disaster locations.
[The Register – 10/14/2010] 

Sirius co-founder Robert Briskman to be inducted into hall of fame at his alma mater, the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering.
[PR Newswire – 10/14/2010] 

Canada’s Telesat sells out its Anik G1 X-band satellite capacity entirely to Paradigm Services two years before it is to be launched.
[Ottowa Business Journal – 10/13/2010] 

TSI Wins $5.5 Million NASA Emergency Ground Station Upgrade Contract.
[Satellite Today – 10/13/2010] 

Asia Broadcast Satellite signs Space Systems/Loral to build its ABS-2, with 12 KW of payload power and upt to 87 C-band, Ku-band, and Ka band transponders over 10 different beams.
[Market Watch – 10/13/2010] 

The Nigerian FederaL government announces plans to launch pico satellite to monitor its space assets, hoping to avoid another loss of a satellite.
[SatNews – 10/13/2010]

Israel-based Gilat to buy Wavestream for $130M in cash.
[Bloomberg – 10/13/2010]

SES signs agreement with South African information and communications technology provider SkyeVine to deliver its satellite broadband service in Africa.
[SatNews – 10/13/2010] 

IBM introduces new cloud services platform making it easier for communications service providers including satellite companies to use cloud computing.
[Venture Beat – 10/13/2010] 

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting,  a regional satellite operator delivering services throughout Europe and the Middle East, has launched a nexgen satellite network based on the iDirect’s Evolution platform.
[SatNews – 10/13/2010] 

Globecom Systems announces contracts with various U.S. Government Agencies valued at $8.8M.
[Market Watch – 10/12/2010]

LightSquared to provide free satellite phones and services to serve needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
[Urgent Communications – 10/12/2010]

Phoenix Releases Iridium Satellite-based Asset Tracking, Monitoring Gateway.
[Satellite Today – 10/12/2010] 

NATO orders 3 UHF control stations from satellite communications equipment provider Viasat, for use in Afghanistan, the Balkans, and other theaters.
[Space News – 10/12/2010] 

CapRock gets long term contract renewal from Diamond Offshore for Gulf of Mexico fleet.
[Kansas City.com – 10/12/2010] 

Intelsat General and iDirect Government Technologies partner to implement SatManage system for major maritime network for military vessels.
[PR Newswire – 10/12/2010] 

YTL, declaring that Malaysian consumers are dissatisfied with TV services and costs, warns incumbent Astro that it is going after the digital TV market currently served by Astro.
[The Edge – 10/12/2010] 

SES Astra brings Astra2Connect to U.K. business customers.
[Satellite Today – 10/11/2010] 

Thuraya signs service provider agreement in Taiwan with Chunghwa Telecom to provide mobile satellite services focusing on disaster prevention and restoration, maritime, and global travelers.
[TMCnet – 10/11/2010] 

03b signs multi-year deal with Netcom Africa to deliver high capacity broadband connectivity to offshore platforms and ships.
[Satellite Today – 10/11/2010] 

NSR Report – is mobile banking in the developing world the next "killer app" for satellite backhaul?
[NSR – October 2010] 

Microwave Journal MilSatCom webcast October 26 to discuss military satellite communications market trends through 2020, and new opportunities for advanced electronic components.
[Microwave Journal – October 2010]

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