Joint venture to provide satellite broadband services across Africa

08 November 2018

Hughes Network Systems and Yahsat have agreed to form a new joint venture to provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services across Africa, the Middle East and south-west Asia.

The two companies plan to work together to provide unserved and underserved communities with reliable, high-speed internet services. 

While Hughes has bought a 20 per cent stake in the joint venture for USD100m, Yahsat has not disclosed the value of its investment.

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ThinKom partners with Telesat and SES to test Ka-band phased array antenna system

08 November 2018

ThinKom’s ThinAir Ka2517 phased array antenna system will be used for over-the-air testing on Telesat’s LEO satellite over the next few months.

Aero terminal connectivity using ThinKom’s ThinAir Ka2517 phased array antenna system has already been successfully demonstrated using SES’ O3b MEO satellites.

ThinKom Solutions and Telesat will jointly develop a Ka-band enterprise user terminal for Telesat’s planned low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation of satellites.

As an initial step in the process, ThinKom’s ThinAir Ka2517 phased array antenna system will be used for over-the-air testing on Telesat’s phase 1 LEO satellite over the next few months.

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Satellite Industry and UN begin operational phase of Crisis Connectivity Charter

18 May 2018

Members of the satellite community have signed contribution agreements with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on behalf of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), stepping up their commitment to support global disaster relief. 

The agreements are the final steps in operationalising the Crisis Connectivity Charter signed in 2015 between the EMEA Satellite Operators Association, Global VSAT Forum, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, and the ETC. 

Signatories from the satellite industry include Arabsat, Eutelsat, Global Eagle, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat.

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Quika plans world’s first free satellite internet service

14 April 2018

Quika believes that the opportunities the internet provides shouldn’t be limited by geography, culture, wealth or infrastructure.

Quika believes that the opportunities the internet provides shouldn’t be limited by geography, culture, wealth or infrastructure.

A new company has been set-up to launch what’s promise to be the world’s first entirely free high-speed satellite internet for consumers in developing countries. 

London-based Quika was founded by Alan Afrasiab, the CEO and president of global satellite networks and services provider, Talia Group. 

Speaking during the launch of Quika in January, Afrasiab said: “We believe that left unbalanced, entire communities and regions will be abandoned by technological and economic progress. Quika will help bridge this digital and economic divide.

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