SES brings satellite broadband Internet to German rural communities

March 11th, 2013 | satellite broadband, satellite Internet | Comments Off

Starting in April, small communities in rural Germany will be able to access a new satellite broadband service from SES Broadband Services. The SES satellite Internet solution will deliver connectivity to rural towns with minimal or no broadband connectivity, be it by ADSL or by cable broadband.

The Company will install a satellite antenna in every town. Local households will use conventional Wi-Fi modems to access a connected Wi-Fi network. Speeds of up to 10 Mbps will be accessible.

Included in the complete solution from SES are installation, maintenance, and operation services. Consumer-related services, meanwhile, will be the purview of Luxembourg Online.

Germany is working to close the broadband gaps in its rural areas. It has set aside state funds for subsidizing projects like SES’s new broadband Internet by satellite solution, which is expected to cost around 20,000 euros.

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New X2nSat satellite broadband service leverages Newtec modems

March 1st, 2013 | satellite broadband, VSAT | Comments Off

Satellite communications company X2nSat has tapped Newtec to deliver VSAT broadband equipment that will be used in realizing ST4G, X2nSat’s new B2B satellite broadband and SCADA service for the enterprise and government communication field.

Short for “4th Generation of Smart Technology,” ST4G will offer scalable, low-cost satellite connectivity for data, voice or Internet services. Its coverage encompasses the entire North American continent plus outlying areas.

X2nSat specifically engineered the new satellite broadband network for enterprise and government consumers. ST4G can perform a multitude of applications and uses. It will feature the lowest remote terminal power draw, the smallest antenna size, and extremely easy set-up and installation.

The new network leverages the broadband hub at the X2nSat satellite Teleport in Petaluma, California. In the field, it is powered by Newtec’s high speed VSAT terminals, the MDM2200 and MDM3100 Satellite Modems. The Newtec VSAT was engineered to fulfill the needs of the enterprise market by providing the highest efficiency throughput.

ViaSat Exede Satellite Internet Service leads broadband chart

February 18th, 2013 | satellite Internet | Comments Off

The yearly broadband speeds benchmarking study released by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) included a satellite provider for the very first time. Marking the top spot is ViaSat’s Exede Satellite Internet service because it went beyond the advertised speeds.

The 2013 Measuring Broadband America: A Report on Consumer Wireline Performance in the U.S is a report which measures the real service performance for several broadband subscribers all over the country. The report comes from a public-private collaboration of FCC, SamKnows, and ISPs which represent 80 percent of the residential market. “FCC Report: ViaSat Exede Internet Service Exceeds Advertised Speeds” includes results for four ISP delivery technologies — cable, DSL fiber and satellite — and evaluates services from 14 of the country’s biggest broadband providers.

The report stated, “In our testing, we found that during peak periods of 90 percent of ViaSat consumers received 140 percent or better of the advertised speed of 12 Mbps (download speeds). In addition, there was very little difference between peak and non-peak performance.”

Moreover, the report also stated that ViaSat’s Exede Internet service brought 161 percent of advertised upload speeds, while residential fiber and cable delivered 108 percent, and DSL delivered 99 percent.

FCC reports ViaSat Exede satellite Internet exceeds advertised speeds

February 18th, 2013 | satellite broadband, satellite Internet | Comments Off

ViaSat recently received two big boosts from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC.) First off, ViaSat became the first satellite provider added to the FCC’s yearly benchmarking study of broadband speeds. Even better, the Company’s Exede Satellite Internet service cinched this year’s top spot for having provided faster speeds than advertised.

The FCC formed a public-private partnership with SamKnows and ISP representatives for 80 percent of the residential market to produce the 2013 Measuring Broadband America: A Report on Consumer Wireline Performance in the U.S. report. It studies the actual Internet broadband speeds experienced by thousands of broadband subscribers in the United States.

The report presents results for DSL, cable, fiber, and satellite ISP delivery technologies. In addition, it pores over the services provided by 14 of the biggest broadband providers in the U.S.

According to the FCC report, 90 percent of ViaSat consumers enjoyed maximum download speeds that ranged from 140 percent to 161 percent better than the 12 Mbps advertised by Exede satellite Internet service for its peak periods. Furthermore, Exede’s non-peak performance did not lag far behind peak performance.

In comparison, both residential fiber and cable achieved 108 percent of their advertised speed. DSL occupied last place with just 99 percent of its promised download speed.

K-NET transitions satellite broadband, TV services to Astra 2F satellite

February 12th, 2013 | satellite broadband | Comments Off

K-NET reported that its satellite services has successfully transitioned to the new Astra 2F high-powered satellite, allowing the African telecommunications company to launch new TV and satellite broadband packages throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Company will offer a complete selection of service packages -the business-grade CONNECT packages and the high-performance PREMIUM packages- to various businesses and consumers in sixteen West and Central African countries. All satellite broadband packages offer unlimited download volumes during off-peak hours. K-NET further assures 99.7 percent service availability anywhere in Africa as well as local sales and after-sales support across the entire territory, be it in densely-populated urban locations or barely-populated rural areas.

The Company’s satellite Teleport at Accra, Ghana will deliver K-NET’s new, upgraded satellite broadband and TV services across sixteen African countries.

Hughes, Cisco, GVF support Habitat for Humanity in NY recovery project

January 30th, 2013 | satellite broadband, satellite Internet, VSAT | Comments Off

Habitat for Humanity continues its post-Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in Westchester, NY with satellite technology and services provided by Hughes Network Systems, Cisco Systems, and the Global VSAT Forum (GVF.)

The neighborhood of Breezy Point in Queens, NY was one of the many locations devastated by the superstorm. Habitat for Humanity set up a command center equipped with satellite technology to coordinate the rebuilding of the residents’ homes.

The Disaster Preparedness Registry of the Global VSAT Forum assisted in the identification of support resources needed by the Habitat for Humanity command center. Hughes’ new Internet Access Solutions supplies critical satellite broadband internet and voice services. And finally, a Cisco on-site TacOps team will provide customers with a connection switch, Wi-Fi wireless Internet access, and a call manager for phones.

Global IP, Intelsat sign capacity deals for satellite broadband in Indian Ocean

January 25th, 2013 | satellite broadband | Comments Off

Spanish company Global IP will be able to provide satellite broadband service to its maritime customers in the Indian Ocean thanks to recently-signed multi-year agreements signed with Intelsat S.A.

A pair of satellites -Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 702, to be exact- plus the IntelsatOne(sm) terrestrial network will provide capacity for Global IP’s planned advanced mobility services.

In order to access Intelsat’s satellite fleet and the IntelsatOne infrastructure, Global IP will collocate its DVB-S2 high-throughput platform to Intelsat’s Fuchsstadt, Germany satellite Teleport.

Global IP will use Intelsat’s capacity to deliver Ku-band maritime SATCOM services to oil and gas customers across the world. It will also offer its services to energy providers in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.

For its part, Intelsat will launch the Intelsat 27 satellite on January 31, 2013. The new satellite will complete the Company’s global satellite broadband mobility platform.

Vivacom debuts new satellite Internet solutions for Bulgarian enterprises

January 15th, 2013 | satellite Internet | Comments Off

Domestic enterprise customers in Bulgaria are the primary targets of the two new satellite Internet solutions developed by local telco/satellite operator Vivacom.

The new Internet on satellite package allows for speeds of 6 or 18 Mbps and up to 60 GB of monthly traffic. Vivacom stated that customers will be able to access its satellite Internet service no matter how remote and distant their location is from the nearest telecommunication infrastructure.

According to a statement issued by the Company, its satellite Internet service uses innovative cable-free satellite technology. The newly-launched solutions establish the capability of Vivacom to deliver full Internet connectivity across Bulgaria.

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KVH debuts business class satellite broadband service for mini-VSAT network

January 11th, 2013 | satellite broadband, satellite Internet, VSAT | Comments Off

Cellular service providers can now leverage the Business Class Service satellite broadband plan recently developed by KVH Industries for its mini-VSAT Broadband network. The new service lets providers access streaming media formats, Skype and other Voice over IP (VoIP) services, rich media websites, and all other Internet applications and protocols using an unlimited, prioritized satellite Internet service at multi-megabit speeds.

KVH’s Business Class Service compares favorably with other shared maritime VSAT services in terms of pricing. And in addition to being more affordable other other premium quality services, it also promises to deliver speedier service and a superior user experience.

The Business Class Service plan is the culmination of KVH Industries’ two-year initiative. The Company has upgraded its network, boosted capacity, integrated network management capabilities into its portfolio of core products, and created unrestricted rate plans that combine cost-effectiveness with unsurpassed performance.

In addition, KVH is offering transparent, usage-based rate plans that allow users to pick the defined amount of data in a monthly package and to purchase additional service at an affordable price if the usage execeeds the package threshold during the month.

Furthermore, KVH is granting unlimited bandwidth to heavy users since they will be paying for the additional Internet by satellite service.

The Company’s CommBox Ship/Shore Network Manager has the features of its Business Class Service added into the integrated belowdecks unit of its new TracPhone V7-IP and TracPhone V11 products. These tools will assist customers in controlling airtime costs and efficiently managing this service.

KVH is currently offering its Business Class Service plans in bundles ranging from 5 GB to 40 GB. Extra gigabytes cost as little as $200, which translates to $0.20 per megabyte. According to the Company, the mini-VSAT satellite broadband plans can deliver speeds of up to 4 Mbps, which is better than other fixed rate plans of comparable prices.

Belgium Satellite Services completes acquisition of Intersat Africa

January 10th, 2013 | satellite Internet | Comments Off

Belgium Satellite Services, a key player in the global satellite services market, has now completed acquiring Intersat Africa that will help the company extend its reach in the African and Middle East markets.

BSS said that by obtaining Intersat Africa, it would pave the way for the company in creating a larger enterprise customer base, encouraging innovation and growth, as well as creating new opportunities for clients, employees, shareholders and communities in the target areas. With this new development, BSS has already moved into Africa and included its enterprise subsidiary in Kenya, BSS Africa, and also incorporated subsidiary in UAE, Intersat FZe.

In a company statement, Belgium Satellite Services said, “For Intersat, the technical, sales and customer service team remains same and shall work jointly with BSS team for sales, product and market development activities.”

BSS formed following the acquisition of Belgacom’s satellite services division back in 2007. Now, the company supports IP over satellite, hosting and hub services, and TV and broadcasting solutions from its operational and technical infrastructure in Europe. As of the moment, Intersat offers satellite Internet connectivity to customers in the private and public sectors through the African continent and the Middle East.

Belgium Satellite Services Chairman Ajoy Khandheria said that the company has been looking to extend its services in the Middle East and Africa by collaborating with a strategic partner. Khandheria added that BSS is glad to find just the right alliance and drive in Intersat Africa.

“BSS will benefit immensely by adding the capacity to fully provide concept to complete solutions which has been the focus in our telecoms and IT convergence projects in Asia and the Satcom business at a global level,” the BSS Chairman said.