Gilat wins contract to supply satellite communications kit for military usage

10 June 2021

Israel's Gilat Satellite Networks has been awarded a contract to supply satellite communication equipment for military usage. Gilat was chosen as the sole provider to address most advanced present and future defense connectivity requirements.

"Gilat will provide the defense satellite communication infrastructure that is a critical necessity on the battle field, wherever and whenever communication is required," said Res. BG. Eyal Zelinger, Gilat’s Vice President of Defense. "We are proud that Gilat's SkyEdge II-c platform and roadmap answer the most stringent requirements and thus provide the technological capability to enable realizing the demand of digital warfare. Furthermore, this contract is a significant step in implementing Gilat's strategy in the global Defense market."

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SES supplies broadband to Indonesian villages

11 May 2021

Luxembourg’s SES Networks has signed a new broadband deal with Dwi Tunggal Putra (DTP), to enable residents of 158 villages in remote parts of Indonesia’s West Java Province.

The move will offer access to crucial online resources such as educational content, as well as unlocking the potential of the region’s digital economy.

DTP will be using high-throughput capacity on the SES-12 satellite to support the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s Smart Village project and fulfil the government’s universal service obligation (USO).

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Inmarsat takes on Dutch government over 5G eviction

11 May 2021

The Dutch government has told British satellite telecom firm Inmarsat to relocate  from the village of Burum in the north of the country, after independent research showed that the latter’s services and 5G could not coexist in the same spectrum band.Operators worldwide are looking to rollout 5G services as quickly as possible to steal a march on their rivals, but their ambitions are often limited by the availability of suitable spectrum.

In many countries, the frequencies best-suited for 5G are already in use, with satellite operators often reluctant to undertake the difficult process of migrating their services to other bands.

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Brazil regulator approves 5G spectrum auction rules

11 May 2021

Brazilian telecom regulator Anatel approved rules for a spectrum auction for 5G networks this year and rejected calls to curb China’s Huawei Technologies an equipment supplier.

The South American country’s president Jair Bolsonaro last year criticised the Chinese company and considered banning the world’s largest telecom equipment-maker from the country’s fifth-generation technology market on security concerns.

Brazil’s telecom companies insisted on a free market and  complained that excluding Huawei would cost billions of dollars to replace the equipment of the tech giant, which currently supplies 50% of the existing 3G and 4G networks.

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