Demand for satellite communications in Asia-Pacific will remain strong

Leading satellite communications company Arianespace said that the demand for satcom services will remain strong in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Australia, where it has been doing business since 1987. The Europe-based commercial space transportation company said that business down under has been successful, as it enjoys a 100% success rate in launches, and recently has been working with one of Australia’s leading mobile operators, Optus.

Aside from telecom companies, Arianespace is also in partnership with the Australian satellite specialist NewSat for the Jabiru Satellite Program – a fleet of high-powered Ka band satellites that will deliver increased capacity in select regions across the globe. The first bird, the Jabiru 1, is already slated for a 2014 launch, and NewSat is looking forward to start the commercial operations of the vessel for internet by satellite services, voice and data communications, wireless backhauling solutions, and an array of other VSAT services.

Currently, Australia is looking to roll out its NBN project although many rural areas will be cut-off from the fibre network footprint. NewSat and Arianespace is hoping to target the rural clients through satellite broadband services. The French company also said that Australia continues to be a crucial part of their Asia-Pacific strategy. They’re also looking into promoting green technology by reducing the space debris from satellites being launched into orbit.

However, Arianespace also admitted that it’s been left out the equally lucrative Chinese market, which bans satellites using US components.

Washington state to be serviced with satellite broadband

The state of Washington will start receiving satellite internet services courtesy of Frontier Communications, on of the leading provider of broadband services to rural clients in America. According to the company, it has partnered with Hughes Network Systems to leverage the JUPITER™ High-Throughput Technology for satellite broadband solutions to rural markets in Washington’s northwest.

Frontier Communications’ Senior Vice President and General Manager for Oregon and Washington, Rich Klena, said that the exciting development will help rural areas across the state cut of from traditional terrestrial networks like fibre optic cables, to enjoy the benefits of high-speed broadband access that will also increase commerce, deliver information and entertainment programs and applications, as well as provide platforms for solutions such as telehealth and distance learning.

Price for the service depends on the speed rates chosen but according to reports, internet from satellite via Frontier Communications will most likely cost between $52 to $146. The Stamford-based company is looking to expand its broadband services as part of its commitment to customers.

Space Systems/Loral to design Next-generation Military Satellite Communications for US Air Force

SS/L has been chosen to design and develop the next generation of Protected Military SatCom for the US Air Force. According to the Palo Alto-based satellite manufacturer, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center issues the contract for the development of design concepts.

The focus of the partnership is on cost-effective solutions. The Space and Missile Systems Center or SMC is more cost-conscious and is working with SS/L to develop practical technologies that would secure and protect high-security communications systems in place.

SS/L will be working with industry partners in this project to combine efforts in the development of innovative technologies with existing military solutions. According to the company, they will be working on both the space and ground-segments of the project.

John Celi, President of SS/L said that they will be, “Working with our industry partners, we will use domain expertise, proven military technology, and our supply chain efficiencies to quickly bring increased capability to the warfighter.”

SS/L was initially a manufacturing subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications but last Friday it was announced by Dettwiler and Associates of Canada they have acquired the California-based company.

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