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APSCC – PTC’12 Breakout Session: Bringing Cost Effective Satellite Communications Technology
Cellular subscribers continue to grow at astounding rates. The rollout of 4G networks is a reality. LTE
deployments continue to increase. All are positive growth indicators, but may be straining infrastructure.
Backhauling and trunking cellular traffic from remote sites has become a major challenge. Also, terrestrial
capacity is often unavailable, unreliable, costly and not expandable. So to be competitive, the industry needs a
method of cost-effectively expanding coverage. The session is a spin-off session of APSCC held in conjunction
with PTC’12. Panelists of the session are mainly invited among leading APSCC member companies in the
satellite industry. APSCC cordially invite you to this session which will discover a brand-new solution to reach the
most effective satellite communications technology with experts from leading new satellite industry leaders.
Title Bringing Cost Effective Satellite Communications Technology
Date 18 January, 2012
Time 09:00 – 10:30 AM
Location South Pacific 4, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii
Moderator Gregg Daffner, VP, APSCC & CEO, GapSat
Panelist Frederick Morris, VP, Sales Engineering, Comtech EF Data
John Finney, CCO, O3b Networks
Rick Abbasi, Senior Product Marketing Director, Intelsat
Dani Indra, General Manager, Telkom Indonesia
Pedro Leon, CTO, ZTE Colombia
SKY Perfect JSAT Expands Satellite Business to Russia
November 2, 2011 - SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation announced the orbital relocation of the Horizons-2 satellite
from 74 degrees West to 85 degrees East scheduled for the first quarter of 2012. The Horizons-2 satellite,
launched in December 2007, is jointly owned by Intelsat and JSAT’s U.S. Subsidiary, JSAT International Inc. (JII).
Horizons-2 will primarily serve DTH customers in Russia who will be utilizing its wide coverage beam and high-
power Ku-band transponders, by ensuring consistent signal reception from Moscow to Siberia. Since the
inception of the Horizons Project in 2011, JSAT has expanded its satellite coverage with its partner Intelsat
through services on the Horizons-1 and Horizons-2 satellites offering coverage of North America. Now, with this
latest dynamic move to the Russian region, JSAT will be able to build on its partnership with Intelsat and provide
additional coverage opportunities for its customers.
Hughes Provides Airborne Solution for U.S. Government
November 7, 2011 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) announced it has been awarded a contract to
provide satellite communications for an airborne solution to be utilized by a U.S. government agency for in-flight
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), including air segment, ground segment, and network
management services. The Hughes airborne solution employs the advanced HX System, including the HX
satellite Gateway, HX 200 satellite router and Expert Network Management System (ExpertNMS). ExpertNMS
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provides superior usability, featuring a highly intuitive and interactive interface with advanced diagnostics and
network monitoring capabilities to optimize performance.
Globecomm Introduces Tempo Enterprise Media Appliance
November 8, 2011 - Globecomm Systems Inc. has launched its new Tempo Enterprise Media Appliance,
designed to deliver live and on-demand content to desktops, mobile devices and televisions. The appliance works
in conjunction with the Tempo Enterprise Media Platform, offering effective solutions for media networks using
Corporate WAN, Internet, Satellite, or any hybrid delivery combination. The appliance includes enhanced security,
scalable storage, 802.11N WiFi, and full DVR functionality. This innovative product addresses the growing market
demand of enterprises to deliver live and on-demand content over diverse network architectures. The introduction
coincides with the release of version 2.2 of the Tempo Enterprise Media Platform.
TeleCommunication Systems Partners with Hughes to Enhance Global Secure Satellite Network
November 8, 2011 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) announced that TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
(TCS) will incorporate the Hughes HX VSAT system in its TCS HX Enabled Secure Satellite Network. The
network service, which will be sold by both TCS and Hughes, will provide international satellite coverage for
government and military customers, enhancing TCS's C4ISR prominence in secure communications solutions.
The TCS HX Enabled Secure Satellite Network will support voice, data, and video communications. Ideal
implementations for the Network include Command and Control (C2) operations and
Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance (ISR) transport, as well as to provide Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
(MWR) capabilities for warfighters deployed in combat and peacekeeping missions.
EUTELSAT's W3C Satellite in Full Commercial Service
November 9, 2011 - Eutelsat Communications announced the full entry into commercial service of W3C satellite
at 16 degrees East. The transfer of all traffic, including over 480 television channels, onto W3C from the
EUROBIRD™ 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites was completed by Eutelsat's control centre, working in close
collaboration with clients and providers of uplink services. With the high-capacity W3C going on-line at 16
degrees East, Eutelsat is further equipped to service dynamic satellite broadcasting markets in Central Europe
and Indian Ocean islands. Over 11 million homes in Central Europe and 500,000 in Indian Ocean islands are
already equipped to receive broadcast services from this longstanding Eutelsat neighbourhood.
Hughes 9202 BGAN Terminal Receives Inmarsat Type Approval
November 9, 2011 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced that its new 9202 Class 2 portable terminal has
been fully Type Approved by Inmarsat, with shipments beginning in December 2011. Building on the success of
the Hughes 9201 Class 1 BGAN terminal, the Hughes 9202 is the world's smallest Class 2 BGAN terminal on the
market, and is ideal for government and non-government organization (NGO) personnel such as first responders,
public safety and mobile health care workers, as well as remote personnel in the utility, oil and gas, forestry, and
telecommunications industries. The only commercial-grade Class 2 terminal available with a weather rating of
IP55 (enclosure protected against dust and water jets), the Hughes 9202 incorporates a wireless access point, full
64kbps ISDN data capability, built-in RJ11 connection for voice and fax service, and is extended L-band ready.
RSCC’s First Ka-Band Earth Station Opened at Dubna Satellite Communications Center
November 9, 2011 - Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) continues to upgrade its ground
infrastructure for monitoring and control of the existing and prospective RSCC satellites. At Dubna SCC near
Moscow, RSCC has opened the first Ka-Band satellite communications earth station. The Dubna SCC is an
RSCC subsidiary. The Ka-Band station is intended for in-orbit tests of Express-AM-series satellites that carry 20-
30 GHz transponders as part of their payload modules. The earth station was built under the modernization and
retrofit program designed to enhance automated monitoring and measuring system in preparation for the
upcoming launches of RSCC satellites.
O3b Networks Set to Virtually Double Fleet Capacity as Financing is Secured to Build Four More Satellites
November 10, 2011 - John W. Dick, Chairman of the Board of O3b Networks, announced that the company has
raised US$137 million for the construction of four additional satellites that will boost both capacity and redundancy
over the emerging markets. The additional spacecraft, set to launch in 2014, will nearly double the capacity of
O3b Networks' initial fleet of eight Medium Earth Orbit satellites, which are scheduled to be launched in early
2013. The expansion of the fleet from eight to twelve satellites will increase the company's throughput by more
than 90% through a combination of the additional beams deployed and the enhanced link efficiency that a larger
constellation of satellites can deliver. The company has already sold a little over a third of its capacity on a global
basis with the contracted backlog now standing at over US $600 million.
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Boeing Receives Additional Wideband Global SATCOM Orders
November 13, 2011 - Boeing received a US$1.09 billion contract modification from the U.S. Air Force adding
funding to the existing Block II follow-on contract for full production, launch and on-orbit activation of the seventh
Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite and procurement of long-lead materials for an eighth satellite. The
authorization also includes options for the full production, launch and on-orbit activation of satellites eight and nine.
The additional orders are part of the WGS Block II follow-on contract awarded in August 2010. The contract
includes production, launch site activities, and initial orbital operations and checkout for each satellite. Boeing also
is working with the Air Force on potential upgrades that would further increase the satellites' capacity and
Gilat Enters Strategic Alliance with RTComm and NIIR for Ka-band Network
November 14, 2011 - Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. announced that it has signed agreements with Russian-based
service provider RTComm, the satellite service arm of Rostelecom Group, Russia's national telecommunications
operator, and with NIIR FSUE, an institute for technology advancement of the Ministry for Telecommunications
and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. As part of these agreements, Gilat will supply network
equipment and Ka-band end-user terminals for RTComm's future constellation of multi spot-beam satellites. The
cooperation between the parties includes transfer of technology required for local manufacture in Russia, and
R&D cooperation. As part of a frame MOU, the parties signed two specific agreements which will go into
implementation this year.
SES’ QuetzSat-1 Satellite Fully Operational
November 14, 2011 - SES S.A. announces that the QuetzSat-1 satellite is fully operational and ready for service
as of November 10th. QuetzSat-1 was successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on
board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster on September 30th, 2011. QuetzSat-1 is fully contracted to a subsidiary of
EchoStar Corporation. The spacecraft is an all Ku-band high-powered (20-kilowatt) communications broadcasting
satellite with coverage of Mexico, USA, and Central America. QuetzSat-1 is based on Space Systems/Loral's
highly reliable 1300 satellite platform and carries 32 Ku-band transponders. It provides the flexibility to support a
broad range of applications and technology advances and provides high power for advanced DTH television. The
satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.
Intellian Announces Upcoming Release of Two New 3-Axis TV Antennas
November 15, 2011 - Intellian Technologies announced the upcoming release of two compact 83 cm (33 in.) 3-
axis stabilized TV antennas. Shipping in March 2012, the Intellian t80 and t80W are ideally suited for 80ft plus
yachts requiring a compact antenna size with global satellite TV service reception. The Intellian t80 antenna locks
onto satellites quickly and provides seamless operation in all regions, offering global coverage. The antenna
delivers this performance by utilizing a fully stabilized 3-axis platform, as well as a fourth axis for LNB auto-skew
control. In addition, built-in as standard, the internal GPS combined with Intellian’s patented Wide Range Search
(WRS) provides the fastest satellite acquisition possible. Multiple HD receivers can be connected to the system as
standard, providing a truly hands off global coverage depending on the regions visited.
Cobham Selected by MIL-SAT Communications for US Navy Contracts
November 16, 2011 - MIL-SAT Communications, a long time distributor of Cobham’s Sea Tel satellite terminal
range, has selected the Sea Tel 2.4 meter 9797B marine stabilized satellite communication terminal to fulfill a
recently-awarded US Navy contract. More than 2,000 similar Sea Tel products have been shipped to customers
worldwide from Cobham Antenna Systems, in Concord. The US$11.9 million firm-fixed price, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded to MIL-SAT by the US Navy requires a supply of Sea Tel
antenna systems for the Force Training Assessment Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona
ViaSat Demonstrates 8 Mbps Airborne Broadband Satcom
November 17, 2011 - ViaSat Inc. conducted a major public demonstration for members of the U.S. armed
services during which it unveiled the industry’s highest performance mobile broadband system using an ultra-
small aperture 12-inch Ka-band tracking antenna. Representatives from the Air Force, Army, Marines, and
Special Forces communities witnessed multiple applications including full-motion HD video running concurrently
over a secure, encrypted mobile satellite network. The network included the ViaSat VR-12 Ka airborne satellite
antenna and ArcLight 2 modem mounted to a mobile vehicle. As the mobile vehicle drove around the Carlsbad
area, the tracking antenna maintained its link with the satellite while demonstrating simultaneous encrypted HD
video backhaul, video conferencing, IP phone communications, and http web browsing.
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Thales Alenia Space and ISS-Reshetnev to Bolster Partnership by Creating Joint Venture
November 18, 2011 - Thales Alenia Space and ISS-Reshetnev signed a MoU as the first step in creating a joint
venture between the two companies. Thales Alenia Space and ISS-Reshetnev have carried out advanced work
since 2004, combining their high standards in terms of quality, design and development, to jointly win contracts.
This was initially the case for the Express A and AM series of satellites for the Russian operator RSCC. To date,
Thales Alenia Space has participated in 30 programs in conjunction with Russian industry. Through this latest
accord, the two companies agreed on a framework and a timetable for talks to create a competitive commercial
and industrial joint venture, capable of assembling and integrating communications satellites and payloads for the
Russian and international markets, as well as developing a new platform and equipment for high-power
Globalstar Signs Agreement with Thales Alenia Space to Return Second-Generation Satellite to Service
November 21, 2011 - Globalstar, Inc. announced the signing of an agreement to develop satellite software to
enhance operations of the Globalstar second generation satellites. As Globalstar has previously announced, one
of twelve new second-generation satellites that have been launched is not currently providing service due to an
issue with two of its momentum wheels. According to the agreement, Thales Alenia Space will develop and
provide the software necessary to adapt the in-flight configuration for this satellite, allowing it to return to service
and sustain operations compliant with the objectives of its 15-year mission. This solution is expected to be
implemented in stages over the coming months and is intended to be available for other satellites, if they
experience similar issues in the future.
Comtech EF Data and Thrane & Thrane Conclude Maritime Solution Interoperability Testing
November 22, 2011 - Comtech EF Data Corporation and Thrane & Thrane announced the successful completion
of interoperability testing of the SAILOR 900 VSAT marine stabilized antenna systems and the ROSS Open
Antenna Management (ROAM) protocol. The interoperability will enable the SAILOR 900 VSAT antenna systems
on maritime vessels to globally roam across multiple satellite beams, maintaining connectivity moving through
different satellite footprints and enhancing communication capabilities at sea. The ROAM protocol offers a
common management interface for Comtech EF Data's Roaming Oceanic Satellite Server (ROSS) and third-party
Antenna Control Units (ACUs) by providing a generic set of commands, information, interfaces and status queries.
ROSS is an integrated location server that works in conjunction with Comtech EF Data's Vipersat Management
System to facilitate on-the-move satellite communications for oceanic vessels.
Romantis Extends Occasional Use Capacity Lease on Express-AM44
November 28, 2011 - Romantis has signed an extension to its agreement for the occasional-use bandwidth on the
Express-AM44 satellite (11 degrees West) with the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC). Under
the terms of the contract extension, Romantis will use Ku-band capacity on Express-AM44 European beam to
further support its expanded occasional use services. Romantis is providing this bandwidth on-demand for media,
business and government since September 2010 offering efficient, just-in-time video, voice and data
communications. Romantis established single point-of-contact customer support and convenient web-based
online booking and carrier monitoring tools that allow broadcasters and media companies to effectively plan and
manage transmissions on-the-fly. Customers are offered flexible throughputs – from a couple of MHz for standard
video or data and up to the entire transponder for HD transmissions.
Milbank Advises O3b Networks in US$137 Million Satellite Financing
November 29, 2011 - International law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has represented O3b
Networks in their US$137 million financing for a series of 4 additional satellites to support super-fast broadband
connections to Africa and other emerging markets. In 2010, Milbank represented O3b Networks in its US$1.2
billion financing of the purchase from Thales Alenia Space of its first eight medium earth orbit satellites. This
year’s financing of four additional satellites will serve to significantly boost both the throughput and redundancy of
the O3b constellation, virtually doubling its capacity through a combination of additional beams and enhanced link
efficiency. The Project has a multi-sourced financing structure which brings together one export credit agency,
four commercial lenders, seven development finance institutions and nine equity investors.
Cobham SATCOM Antenna Selected by Virgin Atlantic Airways for 747 Upgrade Program
November 29, 2011 - Cobham’s HGA-7001 SATCOM high gain antenna subsystem has been selected by Virgin
Atlantic for the airline’s Boeing 747 cabin upgrade program to commence in 2012. Virgin Atlantic will retrofit seven
of its Boeing 747 aircraft with the Cobham antenna, which will enable Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) SATCOM
connectivity into the cockpit and cabin. Cobham’s antenna sub-system will be retrofitted to the fleet of seven
Boeing 747-400 aircraft through an independent Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). Other STCs are in
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progress to certify the Cobham antenna sub-system for retrofit on a range of aircraft platforms. Cobham SATCOM
equipment has been certified for forward fit new production aircraft on Airbus and Boeing platforms: 737, 747, 777,
A320 family, and A330/A340.
SpeedCast Launches Advanced Maritime Broadband Service
November 30, 2011 - SpeedCast Ltd. announced the launch of SeaCast SIGMA, a new managed maritime
solution that seamlessly integrates a Ku-band VSAT service, an L-band service, and SpeedCast’s value added
services. SeaCast SIGMA represents the latest evolution of SpeedCast’s portfolio of maritime solutions under the
brand name SeaCast. SIGMA signifies the sum of all parts, as these comprehensive packages include everything
that maritime customers need in one convenient service at a fixed monthly fee. It combines unlimited broadband
VSAT connectivity with a back-up L-band service, all required equipment, and a wealth of value added services.
iiNet and IPSTAR to Retail NBN Co Satellite Service
November 30, 2011 - iiNet and IPSTAR have both signed up as retail providers of NBN Co’s satellite service. The
two companies are expected to be ready to offer the NBN satellite service early in the next year. And in a further
blurring of service lines, Brisbane-based carrier Skymesh – one of the first two ISPs to trial NBN Co’s interim
satellite service – will soon be offering fiber services on the NBN, initially in Queensland but with plans to follow
shortly in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. iiNet and IPSTAR are the first providers to sign up under the second
release phase, which will see capacity for up to 20 service providers to offer services. The second release service
also requires RSPs to use elements of their own network, including backhaul and traffic management, to connect
to an NBN Co PoI located in Sydney. The first release product was provided as an end-to-end service by NBN Co.
Gilat Introduces Very Lightweight Ku-Band Broadband Solution for Airborne Applications
November 30, 2011 - Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. announced the introduction of a satcom-on-the-move (SOTM)
solution for airborne applications, featuring a very small Ku-band broadband antenna customized for airborne use.
The solution is comprised of Gilat's MLT-1000 ruggedized spread spectrum satellite modem, RaySat Antenna
Systems' SR-71 - a two-way, on-the-move, flat panel tracking antenna, and Wavestream's compact 40W Ku-band
block up-converter (BUC) and power amplifier, part of the AeroStream™ airborne product family, all of which have
been tightly integrated to produce a lightweight, compact and low-power terminal that is ideal for airborne
Thales Alenia Space and Astrium Achieve Initial System Acceptance on Yahsat Program
November 30, 2011 - Thales Alenia Space and Astrium Services have achieved the Initial System Acceptance
(ISA) milestone, which was approved by the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and the United
Arab Emirates Armed Forces. The ISA milestone included the delivery of the anchor station assets at the first
Yahsat site in Abu Dhabi, as well as the transmission, telemetry and control facilities on the second site in Al Ain
City. A number of end user terminals of various types were delivered with an extensive Network Management
System (NMS). The state-of-the-art NMS facility provides remote control of all system hardware, delivering
exceptional and instantaneous flexibility that reinforces the system's secure communications capability. Yahsat’s
second satellite has completed its ground testing and is ready for launch early in 2012.
Inmarsat GX Partners with Gogo for Worldwide Aviation Connectivity Service
November 30, 2011 - Inmarsat has selected Gogo as its partner in bringing its Global Xpress satellite service to
the commercial aviation market. Gogo will distribute Global Xpress service to the global commercial aviation
market as a service provider. Gogo's business aviation subsidiary Aircell has also been chosen by Inmarsat as a
distribution partner for the business and government aviation markets. Provider of in-air global satellite
connectivity solutions, Gogo will begin in-flight testing of the Global Xpress aeronautical services following the
launch of the first Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is scheduled for mid-2013, with Gogo offering regional service in
2013 with services for air transport, business aviation and government customers scheduled worldwide for 2014.
MEASAT Brings Second 3D Channel to Region
November 1, 2011 - MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MEASAT) announced that HighTV 3D has joined the
MEASAT-3 /3a video neighbourhood. HighTV 3D is the second 3D channel on MEASAT’s HD video
neighbourhood. HighTV is a 3D entertainment based channel. The channel distributes a full line-up of 3D HD
programming, ranging from dramas and comedies to lifestyle and fashion. HighTV provide tens of millions of
viewers with access to over 450 hours of high quality 3D content across Asia and Europe. The MEASAT-3/3a
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video neighbourhood at 91.5 degrees East orbital slot offers a wide array of HD and SD channels including news,
general entertainment, sports and factual programming.
Arabsat Launches Al Jazeera Sports News Channel
November 2, 2011 - The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) has announced the launching of
a new dedicated sports news channel, Al Jazeera Sports News, for the first time in the Middle East that coincides
with the 15th anniversary of Al Jazeera. The new sports news channel will broadcast hourly news bulletins and 20
sports news programs that will discuss various types of sports on Arabsat. The news program will cover all the
major international tournaments and sports events, especially those exclusive to Al Jazeera Sports, such as the
Spanish, the Italian, and the French and the European football leagues. The channel will also feature weekly
program presenting news about popular sports like basketball, athletics, tennis and motorsports.
AT&T and DIRECTV Sign Three-Year Extension Agreement to Deliver AT&T | DIRECTV Service
November 3, 2011 - DIRECTV and AT&T signed a three-year extension to their commercial agreement and will
continue to offer a co-branded version of DIRECTV’s satellite television service across the 22 states where AT&T
offers residential broadband and voice service. This agreement, which has been extended through March 2015,
will enable both companies to provide millions of customers with access to an exclusive quadruple-play bundle of
AT&T | DIRECTV service and AT&T broadband, home phone and wireless voice services, as well as bundled
discounts when AT&T | DIRECTV service is combined with qualifying AT&T services. Through a separate
agreement, DIRECTV also sells AT&T broadband services, including AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, through
its sales distribution channels and to existing DIRECTV customers.
GlobeCast Brings Trace Sports HD to the Americas
November 6, 2011 - GlobeCast has signed a contract with broadcaster Trace to broadcast its new HD channel,
Trace Sports HD, on the NSS-806 satellite. The service provided by GlobeCast for Trace includes reception of its
European signal in Paris, as well as turnaround uplink and space capacity on the NSS-806 satellite. Trace is a
multimedia group and an international brand that specializes in the production and distribution of channels
dedicated to urban music and sports celebrities. Trace and GlobeCast have a longstanding working relationship
going back several years.
YahLive and du Collaborate on Satellite TV Uplink Services
November 7, 2011 - YahLive, the UAE based satellite broadcasting company, signed a partnership agreement
with du to collaborate on satellite broadcasting services. Under the new agreement, du will establish uplink
services to YahLive’s Y1A satellite which broadcasts at 52.5 degrees East. YahLive, a partnership company
between Yahsat, the United Arab Emirates-based satellite communications company and a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company and SES, provides multi-purpose satellite communications
services to commercial and governmental clients across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South-West Asia. It
has been specifically designed to offer broadcasters opportunities for HD TV distribution and to reach audiences
that don’t have access to IPTV and cable networks.
Gilat Satcom Selects Tvinci for Satellite-Based OTT TV Offering
November 8, 2011 - Gilat Satcom has announced that – together with Tvinci, the Pay Over-the-Top video platform
provider – it will offer, for the first time, a full duplex satellite-based OTT TV solution. The solution utilizes Gilat
Satcom’s satellite-based connectivity services and Tvinci’s unique Pay OTT platform to deliver accessible OTT
TV content across PC, Connected TV, Set-top Box (STB), tablet, and smartphone, to global regions in which
broadband connectivity is low. The Tvinci and Gilat combined solution uses satellite communication to deliver
video to edge points – for example, at education centers and internet cafes – before being pushed to end-devices
Over-the-Top. This enables viewers to consume compelling pay-OTT content such as Hollywood movies and
popular TV series across PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Al Jazeera Balkans Chooses Eutelsat's W3C Satellite to Launch its New TV Service
November 10, 2011 - Eutelsat Communications announces that its W3C satellite has been selected by Al Jazeera
Balkans to broadcast its new network to viewers across Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia,
Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. Al Jazeera Balkans has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat for
capacity on W3C for its new channel which will go live tomorrow at 6 pm. Al Jazeera Balkans is the 23rd to launch
in the Al Jazeera network. Broadcasting free-to-air, Al Jazeera Balkans will use Eutelsat's W3C satellite at 16
degrees East to reach homes in Central Europe connected to cable networks or equipped for Direct-to-Home
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GT Satellite Systems Signs Multi-Transponder Condosat Agreement to Secure Additional Satellite
Capacity on ABS-2 for Russia and CIS
November 14, 2011 - GT Satellite Systems S.A. (GTSS) and Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) announced that they
have signed a deal valued at over US$ 125 million for multiple transponders on a condosat and lease basis to
augment its multiservice capacity on ABS-2. Subsequent to the multiple transponder lease agreement announced
in 2009, GTSS has developed its platform services, including TV channels contribution and "Raduga TV" Russian
and CIS DTH business, which led GTSS to make a strategic investment to purchase additional condosat
transponders on ABS-2, scheduled to be launched in early 2013. ABS-2 is currently under construction and will
have 89 active C, Ku and Ka-band transponders across 10 different beams with a design life of 15 years. It will be
located at ABS' prime orbital location of 75E. ABS-2 is specifically designed for a wide range of services including
DTH, Cable TV distribution, VSAT services, Data networks and Telecommunications services. ABS-2 will provide
expansion capacity to existing ABS-1 customers.
High TV 3D Launches via ASTRA 23.5 Degrees East
November 15, 2011 - SES has signed a capacity agreement with High TV 3D, a worldwide 3D general
entertainment channel, primarily for cable distribution. High TV 3D will be distributed via the ASTRA 23.5 degrees
East orbital position (11778.00 MHz, vertical), benefiting from its optimal European footprint coverage and
household reach. ASTRA 23.5 degrees East is the home of various international 3D channels such as Brava 3D,
Penthouse 3D and the ASTRA 3D demo channel. The 3D programming of High TV 3D ranges from entertainment
news and travel programs to drama, comedy, fitness and movies as well as a slate of in-house productions such
as reality shows. High TV 3D will broadcast 400 hours of native 3D content during its first year and is creating
more than 500 hours of quality 3D content for each year to come.
M7 Group Contracts New ASTRA Capacity for Belgium
November 21, 2011 - SES has signed a capacity and uplink agreement with M7 Group, the Luxembourg-based
satellite television provider, for distribution via ASTRA’s 19.2 degrees East orbital position. The newly contracted
capacity on 19.2 degrees East will be used for the DTH distribution of French speaking channels for the Belgian
market, including the RTBF channels La Une and La Deux, as well as the RTL Group owned channels RTL TVi,
RTL Club and Plug RTL. The channels will be included in the TéléSAT offering, the M7 Group owned satellite
television brand for Wallonia. From January 2012 onwards, the M7 Group plans to expand its TéléSAT offering at
19.2 degrees East by the addition of the RTBF channel La Trois.
Channel One News Extends Satellite Network Contract with Keystone
November 24, 2011 - Channel One News has extended its multi-year contract with Keystone Enterprise Services.
Keystone will continue to supply turnkey satellite network and support services for direct to school news
broadcast of Channel One News, which reaches over five million young people on a daily basis in approximately
230,000 classrooms and 7,500 schools. Keystone Enterprise Services beams Channel One News signals via
nationwide satellite to deliver Channel One News’ daily broadcast direct to schools and provides network
monitoring, help desk, and on-site field support services for Channel One’s network equipment within the schools.
Viacom 18 Signs up for Capacity on MEASAT-3a
November 29, 2011 - MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MEASAT) announced an agreement with Viacom 18
Media Pvt. Ltd. (Viacom 18) for use of the MEASAT-3a satellite for the international distribution of Viacom 18’s
channels across the Asian region. Viacom 18 is a 50/50 joint venture operation in India between Viacom Inc. and
the Network 18 Group. The joint venture includes leading brands across television, film and digital media to build
one of India’s leading multimedia entertainment powerhouse. The brands include MTV, NICK, VH1, COLORS and
Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
Nexstar Broadcasting Enters into New Retransmission Consent Agreement with DISH Network
November 30, 2011 - Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. has reached a new, multi-year retransmission consent
agreement with DISH Network Corporation, the third largest multichannel TV provider in the U.S. The agreement
grants DISH Network the right to carry 55 television stations and related digital programming channels owned by
Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting, Inc. The agreement ensures that DISH subscribers have access to Nexstar's
locally produced, market-leading local newscasts and network and syndicated programming, and gives
advertisers the benefit of DISH's wide distribution.
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LAUNCH / SPACE
Six Astrium Satellites to be Launched on the Second Soyuz Flight from Kourou
November 3, 2011 - Astrium is prime contractor for all six satellites to be launched in mid-December by the 2nd
Soyuz launcher to lift off from Kourou. The six satellites: Pléiades 1 is the first of two very high-resolution satellites
manufactured by Astrium Satellites in Toulouse for CNES (the French Space Agency). It will be joined in space by
its twin, Pléiades 2, in approximately one year’s time. Once in orbit, each satellite will provide the French and
Spanish defense ministries, and civilian users, with Very High Resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery coupled
with major operational advances. They offer incomparable image acquisition capacity, remarkable agility (rapid
area targeting) for multiple target modes (stereo, mosaics, corridor or target) and excellent operational flexibility.
Orbital Teamed with Three NASA Explorer Mission Finalists
November 3, 2011 - Orbital Sciences Corporation has secured important roles as the industrial partner to three of
five finalists for the next round of NASA’s small space science missions. Under the space agency’s Explorer
Program, which provides flight opportunities and funding for heliophysics and astrophysics missions, each of five
teams will receive US$1 million to conduct 11-month mission concept studies. Following the submission of the
study results, NASA plans to select two of the five finalists in early 2013 for full program funding with targeted
launch dates in 2016.
GMV to Provide the Paz Satellite Control Center
November 3, 2011 - The mission control center of the new Spanish satellite Paz, due for launch at the end of next
year, will be provided by GMV. The contract includes all platform-planning and image-capturing aspects, orbital
control and antenna pointing plus management and monitoring of communications and onboard equipment. GMV
will also provide the radar-image-distribution and user-management system. Paz is a military earth-observation
satellite orbiting at a height of 514 kilometers above the poles. It has been designed for applications of
surveillance, high resolution mapping, border control, tactical support on foreign missions, crisis and risk
management, assessment of natural disasters, environmental control and maritime surveillance. Each day it will
cover over 300,000 square kilometers of the earth’s surface.
ASTRIUM Contracted to Build DIRECTV 15 Communications Satellite
November 4, 2011 - ASTRIUM has been selected by DIRECTV to design and manufacture DIRECTV 15, a new
high-power telecommunications satellite to provide back-up capacity and fleet expansion for television services to
US customers in homes and businesses. Based on ASTRIUM’s highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, the new
satellite, DIRECTV 15, will have a payload comprising 30 high power transponders in Ku-band, 24 transponders
in Ka-band, 18 transponders in Reverse Band, and will be able to operate from up to five orbital locations from 99
degrees West to 119 degrees West, covering Continental US (CONUS), Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
DIRECTV 15 is scheduled for launch in 2014. The spacecraft will have a launch mass of 6,300 kg, an electrical
power of 16 kW and is designed to deliver more than 15 years of in-orbit operations.
Launcher Build-up Begins for Third Ariane 5 Mission
November 8, 2011 - The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s third flight to service the International Space Station has
begun its build-up at the Spaceport, preparing this heavy-lift launcher for an early 2012 mission from French
Guiana with a European Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo resupply vessel. During activity in the Spaceport’s
Launcher Integration Building, the Ariane 5’s core cryogenic stage was removed from its protective shipping
container and raised into position over one of two operational mobile launch tables. This cleared the way for
rollout of the two solid propellant boosters, which will be mated to the core stage. It is to be followed by integration
of the EPS storable propellant upper stage and vehicle equipment bay, completing the basic assembly for the
Ariane 5 ES version used on missions with Automated Transfer Vehicles.
ILS and Eutelsat Announce Launch of the W3D Satellite in 2013
November 9, 2011 - International Launch Services (ILS) and Eutelsat announced a contract for the launch of the
W3D satellite into geostationary transfer orbit on an ILS Proton in 2013. The W3D satellite is being built on the
Spacebus 4000 C3 platform by Thales Alenia Space with a launch mass of approximately 5400 kg and a 15 year
design life. W3D will be located at 7 degrees East to deliver high power Ku-band coverage of Europe and Turkey
for DTH reception, extensive Ku-band coverage across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia for
video links and data networks, and Ku-band coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean islands for
telecommunications and Internet services.
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Thales Alenia Space to Build Four More Satellites for O3b Constellation
November 10, 2011 - Thales Alenia Space signed a contract with O3b Networks Limited to deliver four more
satellites for their Medium Earth Orbit constellation. These satellites are in addition to the eight already ordered
from Thales Alenia Space. The first group of eight satellites successfully passed their Critical Design Review in
May of this year and the system is on track for an initial launch in the first quarter of 2013, with service expected
to start in the second quarter of that year. Positioned at an altitude of 8,000 km which is four times closer to the
earth than geo-stationary satellites, these Ka-band satellites will offer high speed, low cost, low-latency Internet
and telecommunications services to people and businesses in emerging markets. O3b Networks will supply
trunking and mobile backhaul connectivity to telecom operators at speeds comparable to those offered by Fiber
AsiaSat Selects Space Systems/Loral to Provide Two Communications Satellites
November 10, 2011 - Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
(AsiaSat) announced the signing of two construction agreements for two communications satellites, AsiaSat 6 and
AsiaSat 8. The contracts include AsiaSat 6 with a C-band payload and AsiaSat 8, with both Ku-band and Ka-band.
The two satellites will serve Asia, the Middle East and Australasia and are designed on the decade's proven SS/L
1300 satellite platform which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances.
The satellites are planned to be launched by early 2014. With these new contracts Space Systems/Loral has
secured six satellite contract awards for 2011. AsiaSat 6 will have 28 high-power C-band transponders while
AsiaSat 8 will have 24 Ku-band transponders and a Ka-band beam.
Arianespace to Launch Satellite for DIRECTV Latin America
November 14, 2011 - Arianespace and DIRECTV announced a new launch contract for a satellite providing
services for DIRECTV Latin America. The launch will take place in 2014 from Europe’s Spaceport in French
Guiana on an Ariane 5. DIRECTV has exercised an option in their multi-launch contract with Arianespace for the
launch of an additional satellite that will provide services for DIRECTV Latin America. Arianespace has already
been contracted to launch DIRECTV-14 and 15 within the same time frame. This new contract is the 9th signed in
2011 by Arianespace for the launch of a commercial satellite. DIRECTV will utilize the satellite capacity to expand
the delivery of high definition, 3-D television and cinema programming across Latin America. The satellite, under
construction at Space Systems/Loral for DIRECTV, will have a mass of approximately 6.3 metric tons and is
scheduled for delivery in 2014. The satellite will be located at the 95 degrees West orbital location.
Success of the 1,779th Launch of Soyuz
November 14, 2011 - The 1,779th flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
in Kazakhstan. Arianespace and its Russian partners report that Soyuz TMA-22 manned transport spacecraft was
accurately placed on the target orbit for another mission to the International Space Station. This was the
fourteenth Soyuz family mission in 2011. With the introduction of Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) and
its successful historic launch on October 21, 2011, this famed Russian medium-class launch vehicle became an
integral part of the European launch vehicle fleet, together with the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and the lightweight Vega.
Offered to the commercial market, the Soyuz in French Guiana is Europe's reference medium-class launch
vehicle for governmental and commercial missions.
Orbital-Built Intelsat 18 Communications Satellite Successfully Completes In-Orbit Testing
November 15, 2011 - Orbital Sciences Corporation announced that the Intelsat 18 satellite has completed its in-
orbit testing and has been handed over to Intelsat S.A. Intelsat 18 is to be operated at 180 degrees East longitude,
where it will provide C-band communications services to eastern Asia, the Pacific and the western United States,
and Ku-band communications services to French Polynesia, New Caledonia, eastern Australia and the United
States. Intelsat 18 was launched aboard a Zenit rocket from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in early
Two Astrium Space Systems Head for Mars aboard the Rover
November 17, 2011 - NASA’s new Mars rover, 'Curiosity', will be launched on 25 November from Cape Canaveral
in Florida on an Atlas V rocket. Dubbed the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the main objective of this mission is
to assess Mars’ ‘habitability’, in other words whether the planet is or ever was able to support microbial life.
Aboard the vehicle are two key mission systems developed and built by Astrium in Spain under bilateral
collaboration agreements between NASA, the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI)
and the Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA). Astrium, from its facility at Barajas, was
prime contractor and built the High Gain Antenna System, a steerable antenna capable of transmitting information
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in specific directions which will enable the rover to communicate directly with the Earth from the Martian surface.
The system includes a flat bidirectional antenna and its tracking mechanism.
SpaceX Searches for New Commercial Launch Site
November 18, 2011 - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is seeking a new launch site to meet increasing
demand from commercial customers. SpaceX already has an active launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station in Florida and is currently developing a new launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The
company also operates a rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Four U.S. states – Virginia, California,
Alaska, and Florida – have active launch sites. Given the complexity of developing a rocket launch site, SpaceX
will be pursuing several options concurrently in order to fully understand the pros and cons of each location.
China Launches Two Experimental Satellites
November 20, 2011 - China put two satellites into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest
China's Gansu Province. The satellites, Chuangxin 1-03 and Shiyan Satellite 4 were launched on a Long March
2D carrier rocket. The Chuangxin 1-03, developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will be used to collect
and relay water conservancy, hydrological and meteorological data and data for power supply and disaster relief
from monitoring stations. The Shiyan Satellite 4 will be used for experiments on space technologies and
environment probe. Developed by the Chinese Research Institute of Space Technology, it is the country's fourth
technology experiment satellite. The launch was the 151th of China's Long March series of rockets.
Thales Alenia Space to Build Turkmenistan’s First Satellite
November 23, 2011 - Thales Alenia Space signed a contract with Turkmenistan Ministry of communication for the
design, manufacture and delivery of the first Turkmenistan Telecommunication Satellite. This contract also
includes the ground segment means for two Satellite Ground Control Stations, and all its associated services.
This high performance satellite within the Spacebus 4000 family for which 16 satellites are currently in use in orbit,
will enable Turkmenistan to operate its first National System of Satellite Communications in order to secure and
enhance Turkmenistan communication means. The satellite will be based on Thales Alenia Space Spacebus C2
platform. The launch is scheduled in 2014 for a 15 years lifetime. The satellite, of around 10 Kw power and above
4.5 tons’ launch mass, will carry Ku transponders covering large beams over Central Asia Region.
ILS Proton Successfully Launches the AsiaSat 7 Satellite
November 25, 2011 - International Launch Services (ILS) successfully carried the AsiaSat 7 satellite into orbit on
an ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat). This was the 5th commercial
mission of the year for ILS and the 8th Proton launch so far this year. Built by Space Systems/Loral, AsiaSat 7 is
designed to replace AsiaSat 3S at the orbital location of 105.5 degrees East providing television broadcast and
VSAT network services across the Asia-Pacific region. This new generation satellite will carry 28 C-band, 17 Ku-
band transponders and a Ka-band payload. The regional C-band beam covers over 50 countries throughout Asia,
the Middle East, Australasia and Central Asia.
ISS-Reshetnev-built Glonass-M Successfully Injected into Orbit
November 28, 2011 - The Glonass-M No.46 satellite manufactured by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information
Satellite Systems was successfully launched on November 28, 2011. The Krasnokamensk Satellite System
Mission Control Center together with the ISS-Reshetnev Information Computation Center has commenced testing
the satellite on-board equipment. Upon completion of the test phase the spacecraft will be maneuvered to its
target orbit and then put into operation. This is already the fourth launch performed this year within the scope of
the federal target program “Global Navigation Satellite System”. The next-generation Glonass-K satellite was
placed into orbit in February, 2011. At present it is undergoing flight tests. Later this year the GLONASS
constellation was enlarged by 4 more Glonass-M satellites – one was launched in October and another three in
Mitsubishi Electric Develops C-band GaN High-Electron Mobility Transistors for Satellite Earth Stations
November 29, 2011 - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed two Gallium Nitride (GaN) High-Electron
Mobility Transistor (HEMT) C-band (4-8GHz) amplifiers for satellite earth stations. The MGFC50G5867 and
MGFC47G5867, featuring power outputs of an industry-leading 100W and 50W, respectively, will ship on a
sample basis beginning January 10, 2012. Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) amplifiers have been commonly employed in
microwave power transmitters. In recent years, however, Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifiers have become
increasingly popular due to their high breakdown-voltage and power density, high saturated electron speed and
ability to contribute to power saving and the downsizing of power transmitter equipment. Mitsubishi Electric first
began sample shipments of high-output GaN HEMT amplifiers for C-band space application in March 2010.
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SS/L Designs SES-4 Satellite for Kazakhstan Space Center
November 30, 2011 - Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) announced that the SES-4 satellite that it designed and built
for SES has arrived at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard an ILS Proton
Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). SES-4, which will be the largest, most powerful
satellite in the SES fleet, is designed to expand and enhance the company's ability to provide Fixed Satellite
Services (FSS) to the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The spacecraft is a hybrid C- and Ku-band
satellite that will replace NSS-7 at 338 degrees East longitude.
China Launches Remote-sensing Satellite Yaogan XIII
November 30, 2011 - China successfully launched the remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XIII from Taiyuan Satellite
Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi. The satellite was carried into space aboard a Long March 2C
carrier rocket. The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out surveys on land resources,
monitor crop yields and help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention. The Long March 2C carrier rocket
was produced by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. This flight is the 152th mission of Long-
March-series carrier rockets.
Lockheed Martin Names Bernard McCullough as VP of Business Strategy for Mission Systems & Sensors
November 15, 2011 - Lockheed Martin has appointed Bernard “Barry” McCullough vice president of Business
Strategy for its Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) business. MS2, based in Washington, D.C., is part of the
Electronic Systems business area and has 14,000 employees, primarily based in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
McCullough, 58, joins Lockheed Martin after serving more than 36 years in the U.S. Navy where he rose to the
rank of Vice Admiral before retiring early this year. Most recently, he served as the Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber
Command/Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet, where he oversaw the creation of the command and the development of
cyber situational awareness for the Navy.
RRSat Appoints Itzhak Zion as New Chief Financial Officer
November 24, 2011 - RRSat Global Communications Network has announced the appointment of Itzhak Zion as
its new Chief Financial Officer, effective December 1st, 2011. Zion is replacing David Aber, the current CFO. Zion
has held several CFO positions in the technology, communications and retail industries in both private and
publicly traded companies. He was most recently the CFO of ECI Telecom, one of the largest Hi Tech companies
in Israel, with worldwide presence. Before that he served as CFO of Motorola Israel (2004-2007) during which he
also served on the board of directors of MIRS Communications, an Israeli cellular operator.
Gilat Announces Changes in Spacenet Executive Management
November 28, 2011 - Spacenet Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., and a provider of
Managed Network Services announced the appointment of Glenn Katz as CEO. Currently serving as President
and Chief Operating Officer of Spacenet, Glenn Katz will assume the responsibility of CEO effective January 1,
2012. Katz has been serving in his current role since 2006, fostering the company's year over year growth in
revenue and managing its strategic business initiatives. An industry veteran, Katz serves as the driving force
behind Spacenet's ongoing improvements to its product portfolio and service delivery. Andreas M. Georghiou,
Spacenet's current CEO, will continue to serve as external advisor to Gilat's executive management team.
Orbital Names Patrick Rayermann Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Development
November 28, 2011 - Orbital Sciences Corporation has named Patrick Rayermann Senior Director of Corporate
Strategy and Development. Rayermann comes to Orbital after a distinguished career in the U.S. Army, where he
attained the rank of Colonel with a focus on U.S. national security space systems. In his new role, Rayermann will
be responsible for identifying the strategic and budgetary challenges that Orbital’s government customers are
facing and offering innovative solutions to overcome these obstacles. Rayermann began his active-duty military
career in 1981 after working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for seven years. During his 30-year career in the
Army, he served in numerous leadership roles supporting the Department of Defense’s exploitation of space
capabilities, with a focus on satellite communications.
Emma Brackett Appointed Vice President, WorldTV at GlobeCast
November 29, 2011 - GlobeCast Americas CEO Lisa Coelho announced that Emma L. Brackett has been
appointed Vice President, WorldTV. Responsible for driving development of the company’s WorldTV Direct to
Home satellite (DTH) and Over-The-Top (OTT) business streams, Brackett will report directly to Coelho. Joining
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GlobeCast from a position as Director of Content at AT&T U-verse where she was responsible for over one-
hundred channels, Brackett is a licensed attorney with a background in content acquisition and packaging,
development and deployment of content packages, as well as negotiation of distribution agreements. In her new
role at GlobeCast, Brackett will focus on developing the expansion of WorldTV’s international services on multiple
platforms — including cable and telco platforms — in North and South America, evolving the company’s overall
WorldTV business strategy and advancing the strategic technological roadmap for this business line.
SES Appoints New Commercial Head for Europe
November 30, 2011 - SES announced the appointment of Ferenc Szelényi as its new Senior Vice President,
Commercial Europe for SES. He succeeds Norbert Hölzle in this function, who has decided to leave SES. Ferenc
will be heading the European sales force of SES, which includes the Western and Central European key markets,
the Nordics and Baltics, Eastern and Southern Europe, as well as Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. Ferenc will start
his new job on 1st January 2012 and report to the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of SES, Ferdinand Kayser.
Ferenc Szelényi has held management positions in major international corporations in the information and
communication technology sector and has more than 20 years of experience in key sales and marketing functions
in telecommunications, IT and consulting companies.
Government & Military Satellite Communications, 8th Edition
November 8, 2011 - NSR’s GMSC8 report is the industry standard assessment of government and military
demand for satellite communications in every region. Through a mix of transparent scenario-based forecasting,
qualitative trend and program analysis, and detailed recommendations on specific opportunities, this report is a
must-have for anyone seeking a realistic evaluation of the ever-changing government & military satcom market.
Satellite Transponders: A Global Strategic Business Report
November 11, 2011 - According to new report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., worldwide demand for C- and Ku-
band satellite transponders (36-MHz TPEs) is expected to reach 7,840 by 2017. This research report provides a
comprehensive review of trends, issues, strategic industry activities, and profiles of major companies worldwide.
The report provides market estimates and projections in number of 36 Megahertz Transponder Equivalents (TPE)
for end-use segments Broadcast Applications, Trunking Applications, Networking Applications, and Reserve
Purposes, across geographic markets such as the North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Middle
Global Direct-to-Home (DTH) Markets 4th Edition
November 28, 2011 - The 4th Edition of NSR's Global Direct-to-Home Markets study is built on the collation of key
country specific insights. Interviews have been conducted with every major DTH platform in nations as diverse as
Indonesia, India, Poland, South Africa, Germany, France, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. This gives the
reader not just a summary of regional trends but also highlights the nuances of running a Pay TV operation in key
Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-18), December 6-9, Singapore, www.aprsaf.org
India Telecom 2011, December 7-9, New Delhi, India, www.indiatelecom.org
2011 Joint Conference on Satellite Communications (JC-SAT 2011), December 12-13, Nagoya, Japan,
PTC’12, January 15-18, Honolulu, USA, www.ptc.org
Harnessing Disruption: Global, Mobile, Social, Local,” will focus on how the confluence of global networks, mobile
devices and apps, social networking and geo-location is creating huge new markets and businesses, while
promising enormous social advantages. Disruption is only the precursor to creation. Come join us in discussing,
explaining, sharing and illustrating the many ways powerful global networks, ubiquitous and equally-capable
mobile devices can support breakthrough new applications that create whole new industries.
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