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Bolivian Space Agency Selects Gilat...  Enables Comprehensive Connectivity Capabilities For National VSAT Platform 
“Once ABE launched its own satellite, we enabled them to become a fully integrated satellite operator.”
 
Arianespace Lines 'em Up For Another Launch... EUTELSAT 8 West B + Intelsat 34 
 The fourth Ariane 5 for liftoff in 2015 has begun...
 
Arab Advisors Group Reveal... 70 Percent Of Arab Satellite TV Channels Have Online Sites  
Spurred by the increasing uptake of the Internet service in the Arab World, many channels in the Arab TV industry have established an online presence.
 
Globalstar Fires Up Botswana's Gateway w/ Simplex Satellite Coverage...African Businesses Benefit + More
Much of the African continent has limited terrestrial and/or mobile infrastructure.
 
Nigeria Plans To Launch Indigenous Satellite By 2030
Dr. Onu advised the new Nigerian administration to look into the Assembly Integration and Testing Center (AIT) as their priority for space sector development.
 
Globecomm Earns US$14M... Selected By Malaysia + Indonesia's TV + Data Service Providers 
The contract awards are as varied as the company’s expertise, ranging from television program acquisition and direct-to-home (DTH) TV distribution to VSAT hubs for data networking.
 
West African O&G Obtain O3b Capacity Via Hermes Datacomms
“With O3b’s network, we are able to deliver high performance capacity and low latency for a superior end-user experience."—Keith Johnson, Sr. V.P., Energy, SpeedCast.
 
ITC Global Goes Off The Shelf w/Services... Successful Fleet Transition For Shelf Drilling's 35 Rigs 
This global VSAT solution supports a fleet of 35 jack-up drilling rigs
 
Es'hail 1 To Deliver Al Araby TV Network To MENA Audiences
"Es’hail 1 has been selected by Al Araby for its expansion."—Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari, CEO, Es'hailSat.
 
Rockwell Collins Has New EMEA ARINC Initiatives In Play
“Airlines will have access to the most robust, secure communications network available to transmit critical flight and crew information to and from the aircraft."—Jeff Standerski, Sr. V.P., Information Management Services, Rockwell Collins.
 
Inmarsat Gives 'Em L ... New L-Band Orbital Position For Middle East + Asia 
“Now, with Alphasat in full service, we can move I-4 F2 to provide additional capacity in our highest growth, Indian Ocean region..."
 
Acquiring Minds Wish To Know: RR Media Continues Their Acquisition Moves, This Time For SatLink Communications
"This acquisition is expected to contribute to our bottom line in 2015 and beyond."—Avi Cohen, CEO, RR Media.
 
Avanti Communications Acquires Contracts From South Africa's SENTECH
This will enable us to provide robust connectivity services which extend our broadband infrastructure to some of the most remote sections of the country.
 
NASA’s Terra Satellite Goes Cloud Hopping By A Canary... Encounters Lacey Shapes Of Spiral Eddies
Clouds have led to important advances in meteorology and atmospheric science, and it has produced something more difficult to quantify—simple beauty.
 
Pakistan Ready To Pack Up ... Cold Shoulder To India's SAARC Satellite Project
"Maybe we can offer them one transponder. But this is still very much in its preliminary stage and after the consultation process things will be more clearer,"
 
Quality Healthcare In Benin, Africa, Via SES' / SES Techcom's SATMED
"Thanks to satellite technology, we are now in a position to assist in improving both the speed and quality of healthcare services in rural and remote regions."—Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director, SES Techcom Services.
 
 The Space Data Association's Two Newest Members...ORBCOMM + TÜRKSAT Agree w/Responsible Sharing Of Space
... "absolutely crucial to ensuring a safe and reliable space environment, especially as the space is becoming more and more crowded.”
 
Empowerment Via Gilat Satellite Networks + Inmarsat's Global Xpress
“This is a unique opportunity for fixed VSAT operators to deliver reliable, high-speed data to their customers.”—Rash Jhanjee, Head of GX Business Development + Strategy, Enterprise, Inmarsat.
 
National Deployment Of Satellite Broadband By Avanti Communications In Tanzania
“Avanti’s proven Ka-band satellite technology will deliver high-speed broadband to our national customer base."—Dr. Kamugisha Kazaura, Chief Executive, TTCL.
 
Gilat Presents ‘True’ LTE-Speed Satellite Solutions For MNOs @ CommunicAsia2015
“When we say ‘true’ LTE-speed satellite solutions, we mean it.”