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STN's New Codec Launches First Broadcast Channel Over Africa... Enables African Broadcasters Better Quality + Quantity
As the space on satellites and on popular orbital positions is limited this new compression technology is, and will be, the future of the satellite transmission.
 
A New iDirection Through Azercosmos For NSTT MENA + Central Asian Services
NSTT will use Azerspace-1 satellite resources to deliver more reliable and competitive telecommunications services to its customers.
 
RigNet Extends Two-Year Contract ...Increases Bandwidth w/Upstream Middle Eastern Oil & Gas Company
Through this contract, RigNet is delivering a fully-managed end-to-end IP network solution using VSAT technology for last-mile connectivity. 
 
Gilat Offering A LTE Backhaul Via Satellite Free Webinar
The presenters will explain how MNOs can leverage satellite backhaul to rapidly and cost-effectively provide true LTE speeds everywhere.
 
Hermes Datacomms Part Of SpeedCast Group... Speedily Takes On New Office In Iraq Serving Oil + Gas Industry
The new combined entity’s joint vision is to become the leading supplier of communication services to the energy sector worldwide.
 
Arabsat Partners w/Arab States Broadcasting Union... Organizes + Sponsors 16th Edition Of Arab Festival For Radio + Television
"...is a remarkable media gathering in the Arab World where ​we can meet our customers and get acquainted with their needs, aspirations and their future expectations,..."
 
Turkey's Earth Observation GÖKTÜRK-1 Satellite Prepares For Upcoming Environmental Test 
Earth Observation to assist both Turkish military and civilian purposes is the ambitious goal.
 
Gilat's Webinar ...Mobile Network Operators Providing Demands Of LTE Networks...More + Faster 
...will discuss how satellite backhaul answers these challenges, and allows MNOs to maintain their competitive advantage.
 
Of SatBroadcasting™ Interest: Spacecom's AMOS-3 Now Supports SPI International's European Broadcasting Efforts
At 4 degrees West, AMOS-3 is co-positioned with AMOS-2. This 'hot-spot' serves Eastern and Central Europe and the Middle East.
 
Globecast + ARABSAT's Global Arabic Bouquet Has Really Blossomed... TV Everywhere...Yes, Even There
Arabic language channels are now able to join the bouquet and reach viewers on all five continents free to air.
 
Gilat Connects w/Beyond-Line-Of-Sight...Connectivity For Long Endurance Unmanned Systems
 These terminals have been used worldwide for military and commercial applications which require high throughput communications and minimal size, weight, and power (SWaP). 
 
Thuraya's Most Advanced Satellite Phone In The Market ...Gorilla® Glass Is Nothing To Monkey Around With  
...offers the longest talk-time, the largest display, and all three major navigation systems.
 
Liftoffs For Lockheed Martin-Built Hellasat-4 | Saudi Geo Satellite-1 To Be Managed By Arianespace
This is the 10th launch contract that Arianespace has signed with Arabsat.
 
Airbus Defence & Space Deliver A Unique 'Comcept'...Super High-Speed Satellite Network
“With Comcept, the French Army joins the United States and the United Arab Emirates in a very select group of armed forces with satellite-based military Ka-band networks,”
 
Of SatBroadcasting™ Interest: Arabsat's BADR-6 Bringing CNNI To MENA
The agreement gives Middle Eastern audiences the opportunity to watch CNN International’s broadcast mix.
 
Spacecom Comes To The Rescue For The Nepal Earthquake With Additional Capacity
"AMOS-4 at 65 degrees East is in an excellent position to provide emergency services and capacity for occasional use needs in Nepal and the region."—Eyal Copitt, Sr. V.P., Spacecom.
 
Of SatBroadcasting™ Interest: IHS Tackles MENA's PayTV Market
The report found that 2014 was another year of substantial growth for the pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
 
TelOne's Zimbabwe Customer Base Now Has Additional Avanti Communications Satellite Support
"Our contract has enabled us to address Zimbabwe’s gaping digital divide at pace."—Chipo Mtasa, Managing Director, TelOne.
 
UAE Launches New Space Center In Preparation Of Mission To Mars
Last year, the UAE became the first Arab country to launch an outer space exploration mission when it announced a planned unmanned probe to the red planet in 2021.  
 
Russia's Express-AM7 Slides Into Slot Ready For Service After In-Orbit Testing
“The commencement of the satellite operations is another important step towards completely eliminating inequality of access to information among our citizens..."