DARPA prepares for internet of satellites

19 December 2022

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made selections for its Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node (Space-BACN) program, which will create a low-cost, reconfigurable optical communications terminal to translate information between diverse satellite constellations. A Space-BACN satellite terminal will enable data to be sent anywhere around the planet at the speed of light.

DARPA is planning for a future where tens of thousands of satellites from multiple private sector organizations deliver broadband services from low Earth orbit (LEO). Space-BACN will create an ‘internet’ of satellites, enabling seamless communication between military/government and commercial satellite constellations. The program will facilitate collaboration among partners to ensure that the terminal is reconfigurable for interoperability among participating constellation providers.

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Thales releases PTT via satellite globally

19 December 2022

Thales, in partnership with ESChat, is offering Push-to-Talk (PTT) over satellite for customers across the globe. Thales has expanded its satellite communications footprint by providing a Push-to-Talk service that operates anywhere in the world utilising the ThalesLINK on Iridium Certus L-band product series.

Users that have purchased ThalesLINK solutions, such as Thales MissionLINK or Thales VesseLINK 200 and 700 systems, can now access a reliable low-latency PTT solution.

ThalesLINK solutions operate on the Iridium Certus network of 66 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that cover 100% of the globe, providing coverage anywhere in the world regardless of weather or terrain. Combining this technology with the ESChat application, Thales now provides an always-on robust PTT service for users anytime, anywhere.

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SSE solution maximises security and performance for telcos

19 December 2022

Orange Business Services, Orange Cyberdefense, and Netskope have joined forces to deliver a new Security Service Edge (SSE) solution embedded into the Orange Telco Cloud Platform. The enhanced solution delivers optimal performance with maximised security, meaning enterprises will no longer need to find a compromise between the two.

The new SSE solution addresses the security and networking challenges presented by mobile computing, cloud, and hybrid work environments; however, enterprises must incorporate it into their overarching connectivity strategies in order to fully realise the benefits of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).

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Nokia accelerates IoT & 5G monetisation Look out for... for enterprises and CSPs

19 December 2022

Nokia has introduced AVA Charging, its newest software-as-a-service (SaaS) to assist enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs) to quickly commercialise new offerings for Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G use cases.

Via a subscription-based model, AVA Charging – which stands for automation, visualisation, and analytics – incorporates business intelligence from hundreds of customer engagements to enable fast monetisation of 5G and IoT services. According to Nokia, AVA provides ‘Intelligence Everywhere’ through AI, machine learning (ML), no code configuration, open APIs, multi-cloud orchestration, and digital ecosystems.

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