Heli-SGI selects Skytrac for its helicopters

07 April 2022

Indonesian company Heli-SGI, which provides aviation services to the mining, tourism and VIP sectors, has selected Skytrac Systems to provide Iridium Satcom terminals to enable mission-critical capabilities onboard their Bell 212 and Bell 412 helicopters.

Operating in terrain with active volcanoes, jungle landscape and rugged mountains, Heli-SGI said it needed reliable satcom connectivity. It chose satellite transceiver, the ISAT-200A, for a cost-effective and powerful Satcom and onboard server solution. The multifunctional system will enable Heli-SGI with real-time two-way voice and text communications to connect air and ground assets, even under challenging weather conditions, with 99.9% uptime reliability, it said.

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Telecom Egypt and GRID Telecom sign a strategic MoU to connect Egypt and Greece

14 February 2022

Cairo, 14 February 2022: Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cables operators in the region, and GRID Telecom, subsidiary of the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) in Greece, signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to connect Greece and Egypt using submarine cable infrastructure.

The MoU was signed at IPTO’s headquarters in Athens by the Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt, Mr. Adel Hamed and the Chairman and CEO of IPTO, Mr. Manos Manousakis. Present during the signing ceremony were Egypt’s Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Dr. Amr Talaat, Greece’s Minister of Digital Governance, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis, and the Chargé d' Affaires of the Embassy of Egypt in Athens, Mr. Mohamed Elghazawy.

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RF over fibre in southeast Asia

22 December 2021

John Meyers – ViaLite Communications sales manager, APAC

John Meyers – ViaLite Communications sales manager, APAC

For those unfamiliar with the applications of RF-over-Fibre in satellite communications, it may seem a contradiction that satcom would depend on fibre, the very terrestrial technology that satellite communications is often purported to replace.

However, in the past few years, something has happened in the world of satcom. With the advent of High Throughput Satellites (HTS), satellite bandwidth capacity has grown exponentially. Satellite frequencies have moved from C-band to higher frequencies such as Ku and KA-band. These higher frequencies usually require the implementation of diversity gateway sites to address rain fade. In some countries, regulatory authorities require commercial satcom operators to build backup gateway sites to improve network resiliency in case of natural disasters.

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5G to the fore in five-year Ooredoo-Nokia deal

20 December 2021

Ooredoo Group, the Qatar-based telco, has engaged Finland’s Nokia to provide multiple technologies and services, including 5G, as part of a multi-country, five-year deal.

The network technology upgrade project is already under way and is expected to be completed by 2026 southeast Asia.

Under the terms of the deal, Nokia will deploy equipment from its AirScale radio access network (RAN) portfolio on sites across southeast Asia. The AirScale radio platform will provide the flexibility and capability required to deliver 5G services to consumers and enterprises across different spectrum bands. The deal also includes digital deployment services supporting a faster time to market as well as technical support services.

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