UAE’s Yahsat tapped by Eutelsat to put African broadband programme back on track

Photograph courtesy of Mubadala.

Eutelsat Communications and Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-based international satellite operator, have signed a multi-year capacity agreement giving Broadband for Africa, Eutelsat’s African broadband venture, access to high-performance commercial Ka-band capacity for broadband services across Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the terms of the agreement Broadband for Africa will use capacity on …

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Over 400 leaders from different fields of the Global Space Industry are meeting to discuss risk management from Nov 2 to Nov 4, 2016, at the Fairmont Palm hotel in Dubai. Registration for this unique industry event – held under the banner of the World Space Risk Forum (WSRF), now …

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Israel’s Gilat selected by Sprint to extend LTE services in US with satellite-based cellular backhaul solution

Photograph courtesy of Gilat.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 26 October 2016 that Sprint has selected Gilat’s satellite-based cellular backhaul solution to extend Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services to metro edge and rural areas in the United States. Sprint expects to deploy Gilat’s high-speed …

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UAE’s Thuraya Gains Access to Key Bulgarian Market in Service Partner Agreement with NBS Maritime

A satellite image of the Black Sea, as captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on 22 May 2004. Image courtesy of NASA.

Leading mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced on 25 October 2016 its service partner agreement in Bulgaria with NBS Maritime. The agreement marks an important strategic milestone in Thuraya’s expansion plans, advancing its regional maritime strategy with the introduction of compelling cost optimization options in another important shipping …

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Kratos to provide RF interference monitoring for U.S. military in Middle East, rest of the world

The Erdfunkstelle Raisting satellite antenna in Bavaria, Germany. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced on 24 October 2016 that it received a Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space) contract modification to expand RF monitoring, interference detection and geolocation services to now include all Department of Defense (DoD) leased Ku- …

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Türksat to provide connectivity for Turkish digital health service

Officials from Türksat and the Turkish Ministry of Health. Photograph courtesy of Türksat.

The Turkish Health Information Systems General Directorate and Türksat have signed an agreement for the “Ulusal Sağlık Sistemi (USS – National Health System) Project,” in order to ensure the sustainability of an integrated architecture for applications used within the scope of the Turkish Ministry of Health. In accordance with the …

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Eutelsat seeks to provide communications satellite to Iran

Ambassador François Sénémaud, France's ambassador to Iran. Photograph courtesy of Quai d'Orsay.

The French ambassador to Iran, François Sénémaud, revealed that Paris-based commercial satellite communications company Eutelsat is seeking to provide a communications satellite to Iran. The ambassador’s remarks were made during a meeting with Iranian minister for Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi in Tehran on Saturday, 22 October 2016. “The …

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Interview: Initiating a New Space Age with TeamIndus

The Team Indus ECA moon rover. Photograph courtesy of Team Indus.

The U.S.$30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at …

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“Hello?…It’s me. I’m ok.” – a refugee story

Restoring family links, Idomeni Camp - Credits: TSF

With the tragedy of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq and beyond continuing unabated, SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson writes about how satellites can, in a small way, ease the plight of those fleeing the most awful violence and desperate conditions. When did you last use your phone? Five minutes ago? An hour …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Mahdi Mehrabi of North Telecom


SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam in September. This interview is with Mahdi Mehrabi, Chief Technical Officer and Managing Director Asia of North Telecom. North Telecom is a big player in the satellite communications sector in the ME region, a very …

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