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.


Beam brings HQ Satellite Communications in Russia’s Antarctic Polar base

Australia-based Beam Communications snagged a deal to provide powerful satellite communications services to Russia’s Antarctic Polar station, through the installation of Inmarsat products. The IsatDock Pro was successfully installed in the Russian polar bases in the southernmost continent.

Over 150-200 people are currently staying in the five Russian bases in the Antarctic as part of research expedition and scientific exploration teams. The harsh conditions of the region means these temporary settlements rely on satellite communications to connect with the rest of the world. Some of Inmarsat’s powerful products are already in use like the Iridium system, the BGAN, and the IsatPhone Pro.

The HQ satellite communications provided by Beam have successfully serviced the polar stations. Many of these satellite equipment, especially the antennas, were designed and tested to stand the severe Antarctic environment.

Inmarsat’s latest reach in the South will primarily be used for service communications between polar stations. In particular, the IsatDock Pro is a cutting-edge docking station that can support voice communications through Bluetooth, and included features like a USB port, phone charging, and an active privacy handset. The technology will also facilitate communications between the polar bases and mainland headquarters.

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