Yahsat and Hughes launch satellite services JV in Brazil

09 December 2019

Brazil's flag

Brazil's flag

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and Hughes Network Systems have entered into a joint venture to provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services in Brazil, South America's largest nation by land area. This new venture combines Hughes experience delivering satellite networks and services in Brazil with Yahsat’s position and capabilities in the region. Hughes will hold the majority interest in the joint venture.

The new entity will combine Hughes do Brasil with Yahsat’s consumer broadband company in Brazil, aiming to create a strong value proposition to serve the growing market demand for a wide range of broadband services, including consumer internet access, enterprise networks, cellular backhaul, and Community Wi-Fi Hotspot solutions. In 2018, Yahsat and Hughes launched a joint venture to provide satellite broadband services to the Middle East, Africaand southwest Asia markets.

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Controllis introduces 'carbon neutral' power solution

05 December 2019

A bright future for IIoT

Controllis hybrid DC generator

Controllis, a supplier of hybrid power systems for mobile network operators (MNOs) and tower companies, has developed a site power system that it said is carbon neutral and will help support a net zero emissions economy.

Based on the company's globally deployed Modular48 DC power system (which the firm said already reduces carbon emissions by up to 90% by harnessing solar power and rechargeable lithium ion batteries) Controllis Zero will allow MNOs and tower companies to overcome the final 10% of the CO2emissions challenge.

Controllis said it has been able to achieve this carbon-neutral status by considering the carbon cycle process in its entirety and adapting its unique DC generator technology to run on E100 bioethanol instead of diesel. The company added that this is accomplished without compromising network uptime.

According to the GSMA there are more than one million off-grid/poor-grid telecoms sites in use globally, which combined are generating a carbon footprint greater than countries such as Cameroon. By leveraging the environmental benefits of biofuels and supporting ethically approved CO2 offsetting processes such as tree planting or renewable energy sources for remote communities, Controllis Zero is said to help large telcos meet their legal, shareholder and green obligations.

“With global warming increasing and net zero targets looming, companies are under increasing pressure to operate in a more sustainable way,” said Simon Albury, managing director of Controllis.“ Controllis Zero has been developed with efficiency initiatives such as OFGEM’s ECO in mind and any CO2 released during energy production is offset by a carbon-neutral biofuel manufacturing process.”

Controllis Zero is also said to comprise powerful and secure remote monitoring and analytical tools, giving onsite and offsite maintenance teams meaningful and actionable insights into all aspects of the system’s power output and performance levels in real time.

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Satellite Mediaport Services (SMS) selected as European Gateway for AMOS-17

04 December 2019

SMS Teleport UK

SMS Teleport UK

Satellite Mediaport Services  (SMS Teleport), the largest independent teleport in the UK, has been selected by Spacecom  to act as the European Gateway for their newly operational AMOS-17 communication satellite, which supports connectivity between Africa, the Middle East, Europe, India and China.

SMS is uplinking the first carriers of data services over C-Band and Ku-Band – Broadband Internet and Telecom – on the AMOS-17 communication satellite located at the 17°E orbital position serving Africa.

From its teleport located in the heart of the UK SMS is providing high throughput services to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, along with an array of digital video broadcast services.

“SMS is delighted to have been selected by Spacecom to provide services on their AMOS-17 satellite. We look forward to working together to meet the growing needs of communication service providers and operators throughout Africa. With our dedicated antenna systems and high-end command and control centre, we are a true gateway for all aspects of communications to and from Africa,” stated Zvi Golod, CEO and Chairman of the Board at SMS Teleport.

“Working with the SMS Teleport team provides a tremendous start for AMOS-17’s commercial operations. We are quickly building our network into Africa and beyond. SMS’ gateway is an excellent platform for communication operators seeking smart and flexible solutions,” added David Pollack, CEO of Spacecom.

The AMOS-17 is an HTS satellite designed specifically to meet Africa’s fast-growing communication demands. Extensive C-Band HTS, Ka-Band and Ku-Band capabilities enable the combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams to maximize throughput and spectral efficiency. The satellite supports connectivity between Africa, the Middle East, Europe, India and China.

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Talia strengthens presence in Africa

26 November 2019

Inside Africacom

Inside AfricaCom

Talia, the communications solutions provider serving the Africa has announced the successful completion of Beta testing for its Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) services in additional African countries including Cameroon, DRC, Gambia, Ghana and Congo.

The announcement followed a week of meetings with customers and partners at AfricaCom 2019 which took place in Cape Town from 12th to 14th November. Joining other industry players that are driving Africa’s digital transformation, Talia held informational sessions about its latest connectivity solutions for Africa throughout the duration of the show.

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