Times of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the internet in remote parts of the world, although it’s taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals. Google and Facebook are pursuing expensive, ambitious efforts to extend Internet access through networks of satellites, drones and high-altitude balloons.
Times of India — SRIHARIKOTA: India will test on Monday a reusable launch vehicle technology (RLV) space agency ISRO developed to reduce cost of firing rockets to deploy satellites in orbit, a senior official said. “A mini-rocket with the winged reusable launch vehicle demonstrator (RLV-TD) on its top will lift-off during the launch window between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, depending on wind and weather conditions,” Indian Space Research Organisation director Devi Prasad Karnik said.
Digi Times — Satellite and microwave communications device maker Microelectronics Technology (MTI) has reported revenues of NT$629.44 million (US$19.46 million) for April, down 12.21% sequentially but up 45.96% on year. For the first four months of 2016, revenues amounted to NT$2.654 billion, increasing 29.15% from a year earlier.
IT News — Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group is preparing for a major upgrade of the satellite communication ground station facility at its laboratories in Edinburgh, South Australia. According to tender documents, the existing base station at DST Groups’ Edinburgh facility had until now been operating under a waiver allowing it to access the US-operated wideband global satellite communication (WGS) constellation.
Enterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ first microsatellite, Diwata-1, was launched into space on March 23 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Camp Canaveral, Florida. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo said that Diwata-1’s launch into space would enable the government to generate real-time data that will help the country improve its disaster-response mechanisms.
Times of India — TOKYO: Dozens of space scientists are desperately scouring the skies after losing track of a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar Japanese satellite that was sent to study black holes. The ultra-high-tech “Hitomi” — or eye — satellite was supposed to be busy communicating from orbit by now, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said, but no one can say exactly where it is.
Bloomberg — Sri Lanka has enjoyed an era of strong economic growth since its bloody, 26-year civil war ended in 2009. To keep it going, the government is trying to make the island nation a technology hub. It’s investing in new undersea Internet cables, putting money behind startups, and working with Microsoft to embrace cloud computing. It’s also been wooing Google and Facebook to host tests for some of their most ambitious experiments, from self-driving cars to drones. First up: the balloons.
Telecom Asia — China All Access Holdings has entered into a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with German satellite system manufacturer OHB. Both parties intend to jointly develop next-generation satellite communications applications. China All Access and OHB will focus on achieving more comprehensive coverage through the integration of aerial and terrestrial mobile networks; and offering more effective communication solutions for enterprise customers in the vertical markets.
WSJ — India is inching closer to having its own independent satellite navigation system. Last week, the Indian Space Research Organization successfully launched a navigation satellite into Earth’s orbit. It is the sixth in a series of seven planned to orbit the planet, which together will make India’s home-grown independent navigation satellite system, an alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System that India currently relies on.
Tech in Asia — At Indonesia’s Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), a team of former students is working on an idea to beat Google at its own game. Google’s Project Loon plans to introduce a fleet of high-altitude balloons to the stratosphere, from where they will beam down internet signals to remote areas. It has chosen Indonesia as one of its test sites.
Times of India — BENGALURU: Internet search engine giant Google, which last year reorganised itself as Alphabet, is currently in talks with a number of local telecom operators to kickstart its ambitious Google Loon project, months after chief executive Sundar Pichai managed to secure support for the project from the government.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Government has asked Google to select a telecom operator as partner for testing the balloon-based internet technology, Loon Project, in the country. “Google wants to test the Loon Project in expensive and scarce spectrum bands. It has been asked to partner with any telecom operator that can meet its requirement and then approach the government for testing Loon,” an official source told PTI.
IT News — Qantas will tap into the NBN’s Sky Muster satellites to offer free wi-fi inflight from next year, the airline announced today. Qantas has partnered with broadband services provider ViaSat to conduct trials on a single Boeing 737 late this year in expectation of a full rollout across its domestic fleet of A330s and B737s early next year.
Times of India — COLOMBO: A Google balloon, part of the company’s high-speed internet service known as “Project Loon”, crashed in a Sri Lankan tea plantation during its maiden test flight, local police said Thursday. Villages found the deflated balloon with its electronic equipment in the island’s central tea-growing region of Gampola on Wednesday night, an officer told AFP.
Telecom Asia — The Sri Lankan government has arranged to buy a 25% stake in Project Loon, Google’s ambitious plan to deliver the internet from a ring of high-altitude balloons. Sri Lanka’s telecommunications minister Harin Fernando has revealed that tests for the project will take place later in February, the Indian Express reported.
Telecom Asia — AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat’s latest broadcast satellite for the China market, has received a permit to provide video services in mainland China. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) has recently given permission for AsiaSat 6 to serve Chinese broadcasters for video distribution to cable headends in China.
Enterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ first micro satellite, designed by Filipino scientists scientists and engineers training on satellite technology at Japan’s Tohoku and Hokkaido universities, is set to launch in the next two months. It is a landmark project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.
Space Daily — Space Systems Loral (SSL) has announced that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, the largest telecommunication and network provider in Indonesia. SSL was informed last week that it is the winner of the procurement of the TELKOM-4 satellite, which will be used for fixed satellite services in Indonesia, India, and Southeast Asia.
Tech in Asia — Is there something in the air? It’s the second surprise visit to Southeast Asia by a Google executive this month. Google CEO Sundar Pichai last week dropped nuggets of wisdom on a brief tour to Vietnam, and now Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed up in Indonesia more or less unannounced.
PRNewswire — PALO ALTO, CA: Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, the largest telecommunication and network provider inIndonesia. SSL was informed last week that it is the winner of the procurement of the TELKOM-4 satellite, which will be used for fixed satellite services in Indonesia, India, and Southeast Asia.
Satellite Today — South Korean satellite operator KT Sat, owned byKorea Telecom, has not given up ambitions to become a global presence in the satellite industry. The operator currently fields three satellites — Koreasat 5 at 113 degrees east, Koreasat 6 at 116 degrees east, and Koreasat 8 at 75 degrees east — and has two more under construction. The year 2016 marks the beginning of a notable expansion for the company as new satellites bring KT Sat to previously untapped markets.
Tech in Asia — Scientists in China announced Tuesday that the country’s space-based search for dark matter has officially begun. Wukong, a Chinese satellite launched last week to search for evidence of dark matter, is successfully communicating with earth. Wukong is officially called the Dark Matter Particle Explorer, but it takes its more-popular nickname from the iconic Journey to the West character.
IT News — NBN will move 40,000 premises around Australia off its long-term satellite service and onto fixed wireless and fixed line services to free up capacity for other satellite users. In late October it was revealed NBN planned to set caps for users on the LTSS after experiencing capacity issues on its interim satellite services.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Google’s Project Loon, through which the online search giant plans to provide internet connectivity using balloons, will interfere with cellular transmissions of mobile operators in India, the government said today. “The proposed frequency band to be used in the Loon Project of Google is being used for cellular operations in India and it will lead to interference with cellular transmissions,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
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”.