Gilat to supply Japanese MNO with cellular backhaul system

18 January 2022

Israel's Gilat Satellite Networks is helping a mobile network operator (MNO) in Japan expand its 4G cellular network with cellular backhaul system.

The MNO placed orders for Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c cellular backhaul system and these will be used to expand cellular backhaul over satellite, bringing the 4G/LTE network into rural zones that lack fiber access. Giat did not name the company but described it as a “tier-1” MNO.

“As a flexible and modular platform, SkyEdge II-c can readily support the advanced features present in the operator’s open architecture," said Gilat chief  commercial officer Michal Aharonov. "With technology that enables timely deployment for network extension, Gilat is helping to create a dynamic that massively benefits the local population, as well as setting an enviable example of implementation that can be used by similar MNOs in other countries.” 

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Hughes and Bharti Airtel form JV to offer satellite broadband in India

05 January 2022

New satellite broadband services are coming to India

New satellite broadband services are coming to India

Hughes Communications India (HCIPL), a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems has formed a joint venture with telco Bharti Airtel to offer satellite broadband services in India.

Operational as HCIPL, the entity combines the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) businesses of both companies to offer flexible and scalable enterprise networking solutions using satellite connectivity for primary transport, backup, and hybrid implementation, the companies said in a statement.

"Combining the proven capabilities of both Hughes and Airtel, the partnership will bring synergies to the forefront including multi-orbit solutions for the benefit of customers across the length and breadth of India," Partho Banerjee, president, and managing director, HCIPL added.

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Indian tells Starlink to refund pre-orders

05 January 2022

Starlink, part of Elon Musk's SpaceX, has been forced to issue refunds for pre-orders in India, despite not having received a commercial licence in the country.

Starlink was accepting pre-orders from Indian customers throughout last year, with Sanjay Bhargava, Starlink’s country director for India, revealing in December that over 5,000 people had paid the US$99 pre-order deposit.

However, accepting pre-orders without a licence drew criticism from rivals, with an industry body writing to the Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) as early as March 2021 to complain. In late December, the DoT finally took action, barring Starlink from accepting any further pre-bookings for commercial services.

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Inmarsat ready to launch 'one of the largest and most sophisticated telecommunications spacecraft ever built'

22 December 2021

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The I6-F1 will serve Africa and Asia

Inmarsat is set to launch the I6-F1, which has been described as 'one of the largest and most sophisticated telecommunications spacecraft ever built'.

The new platform will serve Inmarsat's many on-the-move customers - from ships and planes to armed forces and broadcasters - across Africa, Asia and Australia.

Today's launch will put the 5.5-tonne F1 satellite on a path to reach an orbital position some 36,000km above the Indian Ocean and it will betaken to orbit by a Mitsubishi H-IIA rocket from Japan. Lift-off from the Tanegashima spaceport is expected at 23:33 local time (14:33 GMT).

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