25 years… and counting

11 May 2022

Martin Jarrold, chief of international
programme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, chief of international
programme development, GVF

As I sit to write this column more than one-twelfth of 2022 has already become history. The year is a significant one for GVF as it is the organisation’s Silver Anniversary, and we are celebrating a quarter century as the only global trade association representing the entire satellite ecosystem. We have tweaked our logo design to point-out this anniversary milestone, launched a new version of our membership newsletter – now called GVF FOCUS – and resumed our acclaimed Webinar Series, as well as launching an industry-wide marketing group called #GenSpace.

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Intelsat picks Gilat for DRC rollout

11 May 2022

Integrated terrestrial and satellite network operator Intelsat has selected Israel’s Gilat in a “multi-million dollar deal” to deploy satellite cellular backhaul for an unnamed telecom company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Although the names financial details of the deal remain undisclosed, the country has four main telcos — Africell, Airtel, Orange and Vodacom.

The implementation brings mobile services to deep rural sites in the DRC, the companies said.

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SES orders satellite from Thales Alenia

08 April 2022

Satellite operator SES ordered a software-defined geostationary satellite from Thales Alenia Space to extend its connectivity services across Europe, Asia and Africa.

SES-26 is the third and final satellite the company has ordered from Thales Alenia – a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo – based on their three-satellite contract.

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PCCW doubles capacity on PEACE cable system

08 April 2022

PCCW Global has completed a major and significant upgrade on the PEACE cable system between Marseille, Cyprus and Abu Talat using Infinera’s ICE technology.

The company now offers network operators the ability to significantly increase capacity per fiber pair on these critical Middle East and Mediterranean fibre routes.

Leveraging Infinera’s ICE technology on the GX Series Compact Modular Platform, PCCW Global is able to reach individual wavelength speeds of 650 Gbps resulting in more capacity, with less hardware, and providing up to 25 terabits per fibre pair.

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