Myanmar Times — The bidding process comes as part of a broader national satellite program, with the government aiming to address existing needs in the market and to eventually fill the country’s slot in the sky with a Myanmar satellite. Myanmar has pursued a satellite program for five years now, with the country following the lead of others, according to Post and Telecommunications (PTD) director U Than Htun Aung.
Satellite Today — Satellite: SpeedCast has entered a definitive agreement for ST Teleport, a leading satellite communications services provider based in Singapore. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, is the fifth of the year for SpeedCast, and includes the teleport facilities and data center infrastructure ST Teleport owns in Singapore. SpeedCast anticipates this will bolster its presence in the maritime and energy sectors.
Earlier today, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced its high-flying Project Loon has partnered with Indonesia’s three largest telcos to start countrywide testing. It will deliver internet access in rural areas at the beginning of next year.
Tech In Asia — Many of us would be quite literally lost without GPS, but the almighty blue dot isn’t always – pardon the pun – spot on. According to the most recent data from GPS.gov, modern GPS satellites are accurate to within 3.5 meters, depending on external factors such as signal strength and weather. That’s a wide enough margin of error to send you to the building next door to your desired location, especially in a crowded urban environment.
Crikey — One of the most powerful forces in the world today, disruptive new technology, will destroy all of the hopes that rode into space this morning on the rocket that launched the first of two NBN National Broadband Network satellites toward geostationary orbits. Even the national broadcaster the ABC made this clear as it streamed the live launch of the first of two Sky Muster space based platforms from French Guiana.
IT News — NBN will equip itself with network monitoring tools to combat the potential for leechers sucking up high amounts of bandwidth on its soon-to-launch long-term satellite service. The network builder today published a request for information from suppliers of deep packet inspection technology, which it said would allow it to “enhance its capacity planning, offer new services and improve congestion management”.
Times of India — WASHINGTON: Impressed by Google’s flagship Project Loon — that takes internet to the remote and inaccessible areas — Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes this has multiple uses like long distance education, rural schools and telemedicine, officials said. He was given a briefing about Loon during his tour to the Google headquarters in the Silicon Valley over the weekend.
The Hindu — The Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in partnership with the State run North Industries Group Corp or Norinco, a military industry heavyweight, has formed a joint venture company, with a tie up with Beidou Navigation Satellite system. The $310 million venture, based in Shanghai aims to provide subscribers with location and navigation information, based on the Beidou system.
ZDNet — E-commerce giant Alibaba and government-owned China North Industries Group Corporation–also known as Norinco Group–launched Qianxun Positioning Network, a satellite positioning service provider, in Shanghai on August 18, 2015. Qianxun, which literally means “to quest for a thousand times”, has a registered capital of 2 billion yuan ($313 million) and is equally owned by both of its parent companies, according to a statement issued by Norinco Group on Tuesday.
Telecom Asia — ITU has deployed emergency satellite phones and other communications equipment to Myanmar in the wake of severe flooding that has affected over 1 million people. The UN agency has sent gear including Iridium satellite phones, Inmarsat satellite terminals and laptops to support rescue and relief coordination efforts.
IT News — Samsung Electronics has proposed a ‘space internet’ network consisting of 4600 micro-satellites that could act as backhaul for terrestrial cellular networks and bring low-cost internet to “everyone in the world”. The proposal is contained in an academic research paper by Farooq Khan – president of Samsung R&D America – and marks the latest entrant in the internet democratisation race.
Times of India — COLOMBO: Free Wi-Fi connections will be available across Sri Lanka by March 2016 under an agreement the government signed on Tuesday with multinational technology company Google, a media report said. The service will be provided with the aid of Google balloon, a technology which provides internet to large areas using high-altitude balloons, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported.
IT News — Global satellite operator SpeedCast has snapped up both of NewSat’s Australian teleport sites as the failed local company looks to dispose of its assets and pay down debt after being forced in receivership in April. In a $12 million deal, SpeedCast will take over NewSat’s Perth and Adelaide teleports, including all land, buildings and equipment, plus “most” of its existing customer contracts.
Want China Times — Increased collaboration between Belgium and China in the field of satellite technology can put both nations “at the forefront” of delivering vital information globally, according to Belgium’s State Secretary of Science Policy Elke Sleurs. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and China National Space Administration (CNSA) in the field of space science, technologies and applications was signed in Beijing on Tuesday.
Times of India — LONDON: In a bid to provide affordable internet access to all, Bharti has acquired a minority stake in OneWeb, which plans to offer communication services using satellites by 2019. OneWeb has received $500 million for the project from its investors and plans to launch services by 2019. OneWeb, founded in 2012, is building a communication network with an initial constellation of 648 low earth orbit satellites. Investors in the company include Qualcomm Inc, Virgin Group, Airbus Group and Coca-Cola Company.
The chief executive and chief financial officer of struggling satellite company NewSat were ousted this week as the company tries to sell off its assets following ongoing financial troubles. The positions held by NewSat CEO Adrian Ballintine and CFO Mark Spragg had been rendered “surplus to NewSat’s needs”, the company’s administrators said today. They revealed Ballintine had been made redundant last Friday and Spragg let go yesterday. Ballintine founded NewSat in 1987 and had been its CEO since 1999.
Faltering satellite company NewSat has suffered another blow after a United States bankruptcy court sided with Lockheed Martin and cancelled the pair’s contract to build the $600 million Jabiru-1 satellite. NewSat’s administrators PBB Advisory could not provide absolute certainty that the Australian satellite company would succeed with refinancing, leading to the bankruptcy court in Delaware to rescind the Lockheed contract.
Satellite broadband is an option for people who live in rural areas where traditional fixed-line internet services aren’t available. It uses a satellite dish to provide two-way access, and connectivity speeds, which used to be lower, have improved. Download speeds via satellite hookup can now even reach up to 20 megabytes per second. In the US, people who live on farms, or well outside major cities, sometimes resort to satellite internet because fixed-line options don’t make sense.
In Beijing’s newly released comprehensive industrial development program titled “Made In China 2025,” work will be accelerated in the promotion of space infrastructure construction, and the development of new types of satellites and an air-and-space broadband internet systems so that the country can develop the ability to provide constant and stable services in terms of satellite remote sensing, telecommunications and navigation.
Indonesian satellite service provider BigNet announced today that it signed a US$78 million, long-term agreement with Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites. The goal is to bring a new form of high-speed broadband service to Indonesia starting in 2017. Kacific aims to beam signals from its satellites to cover the entire archipelago, with emphasis on providing good quality, affordable internet to developing areas in East Indonesia.