SatCom association, TSDSI in deal for sustainable development of telco industry

26 April 2022

SatCom Industry Association (SIA-India) signed a memorandum of understanding with Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), for cooperation in development of standards in the country and international development organisations (SDOs), including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and The 3rd generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

The body said this would help address common interests, stimulate and assist future cooperation of their member of organisations.

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Is the ‘space race’ real? If so, how long will it continue?

08 April 2022

In recent years, the night sky has changed faster than at any time in human history. But, are we really at the dawn of a space race and will the trend continue in 2022 and beyond? By Robert Shepherd

Readers of a certain age will remember a very different “Space Race” from their youth. You know, the 20th-century competition between Cold War adversaries the United States and what was then the Soviet Union to achieve superior spaceflight capability? For younger readers, the two superpowers were racing to put the first man in space and on the moon.

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25 years… and counting

08 April 2022

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

As I sit to write this column more than one-twelfth of 2022 has already become history. The year is a significant one for GVF as it is the organisation’s Silver Anniversary, and we are celebrating a quarter century as the only global trade association representing the entire satellite ecosystem. We have tweaked our logo design to point-out this anniversary milestone, launched a new version of our membership newsletter – now called GVF FOCUS – and resumed our acclaimed Webinar Series, as well as launching an industry-wide marketing group called #GenSpace.

#GenSpace is all about increasing awareness of satellite industry innovation and correcting misperceptions about satellite connectivity. This is being achieved through leveraging the combined marketing power of GVF member organisations – rather than promoting specific company proprietary messages – fostering greater understanding of common and pan-industry trends. Example topic areas include developments in software designed satellites in the space segment, multi-orbit antennas/modems in the ground segment, Cloud-based partnerships in delivering applications, and standards-based networks in enabling infrastructure deployments.

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PLDT and Telesat make Philippines’ first successful broadband connection using satellite

07 April 2022

PLDT of the Philippines and global satellite operator Telesat of Canada have successfully conducted the Asian country’s first on-orbit testing of high-speed broadband connectivity with Telesat’s Phase 1 Low

A first for Telesat with any operator in southeast Asia, the testing was conducted from Feb 11 to Feb 19 by PLDT’s Technology Strategy and Transformation Office using an 85-cm Intellian parabolic antenna stationed at the PLDT office in Greenhills, San Juan to connect to the LEO satellite.

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