ViaSat, a leader in developing satellite and other wireless networking products and services, announced that it acquired LonoCloud, a startup company that specializes in cloud networking software. The company plans on incorporating LonoCloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) product’s core components with the broadband network of ViaSat.

Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat spoke of the recent acquisition: “Adding this core technical capability to our broadband network will both enhance our existing offering as well as shorten development cycles for new service offerings.”

A La Jolla-based privately held company, LonoCloud has developed a cloud-based service platform to support the “Internet of Things.” The software system is composed of distributed mesh algorithms that create a network foundation for enterprise services and applications to communicate and interact with each other. This kind of cloud computing architecture runs as an overlay to enterprise network environments, making way for economical, distributed computing across several servers in the cloud.

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Spanish satellite operator Hispasat entered an agreement with Gilat Satellite Network in a move to expand the company’s satellite broadband network using an additional SkyEdge II system. The new deal marks the third segment expansion of Hispasat’s network launched two years ago in support of the “Avanza 100%” broadband access program by the Spanish government. The program aims to deliver connectivity to remote, under-serviced areas in Spain.

The SkyEdge II system of Gilat supports 32APSK Adaptive Coding and Modulation transmission to help maximize space segment efficiency. The satellite broadband network is capable of reaching speeds of up to 100Mbps per 36 MHz transponder, combined with the beam capabilities of Hispasat’s 1E satellite.

In a company statement, Gilat’s Regional VP Europe Aharon Fuchs noted: “We are delighted to have been awarded this opportunity to strengthen our relationship with HISPASAT. Their satellite engineering excellence coupled with Gilat’s innovative technology has proved that efficient and optimized VSAT solutions can be applied to the residential internet access market. We look forward to applying our combined expertise to other markets across the world, and to leveraging new Ka-band frequencies as they become available.”

Inmarsat is finally revealing the avionics for its much-anticipated Global Xpress Aviation in-flight satellite broadband service during the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany this April 9-11, 2013.

The first high-speed global satellite broadband service for the aviation sector, GX Aviation will employ Ka-band technology designed and built by Honeywell.

Inmarsat expects the GX Aviation avionics to achieve commercial availability in early 2015. The Honeywell systems will fully comply with the A791 industry standard and can easily be forward-fitted and retro-fitted aboard aircraft.

Global Xpress Aviation is expected to consistently deliver throughputs that can hit 50 Mbps anywhere in the world. Airlines will leverage Inmarsat’s new satellite broadband service to provide speeds, data rates, and bandwidth comparable to terrestrial broadband during flights.

Interactive E Solutions, the biggest ICT company in Pakistan, has entered a $100 million agreement with satellite provider O3b Networks to provide broadband coverage for the entire country. This includes trunking services to underserved regions, as well as cellular backhaul for mobile operators and enterprise and e-government services all over the country. O3b will be responsible for providing fibre-like speed at sub 150 millisecond latency at competitive prices.

In a company statement, Interactive Group Chairman and CEO Shahid Mahmud said they strongly believe that the market of Pakistan offers an immense appetite for bandwidth and data, and that they are happy Interactive will have a contribution to the increase of broadband by using cutting edge technology. He added, “We firmly believe that together we will usher in a new era of Internet usage, proliferating the positive effects of connectivity amongst the people of Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, O3b Networks Steve Collar added, “Pakistan, with its burgeoning population and growing economy is in desperate need for state of the art communications infrastructure. By overcoming the geographical hurdles presented by mountainous terrain, working together with Interactive we can ensure that broadband connectivity is available across the entire country.”

The satellite fleet of O3b allows for affordable, high-speed connectivity in remote places where fibre offerings and traditional satellite are not available or are extremely expensive.

Gilat Satellite Networks won a contract from Spanish communications satellite company Hispasat to expand its broadband satellite-based network using the SkyEdge II system. This marks the third segment expansion of the company since its launch two years ago in support of the Spanish government’s Avanza 100% broadband access program.

With the help of the SkyEdge II system, it will support thousands of new broadband users who live in under-serviced areas across Spain to join the network by the end of this year. Gilat’s system will be combined with Hispasat 1E satellite’s beam capabilities, therefore enabling the network to boost speeds of up to 100Mbps per 36 transponder. This project will allow residential sectors to enjoy excellent services at competitive prices, similar to those offered by terrestrial networks.

Speaking about the network expansion, Hispasat Director Broadband Services Pedro Pinto Marin noted: “The ongoing success of this project is made possible thanks to the strong partnership Gilat and Hispasat have developed collaborating on this national initiative. The flexibility embedded in Gilat’s SkyEdge II system allowed us to offer our customers residing in under-serviced areas a true alternative for broadband access both in terms of performance and price.”

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The global roll-out of Jupiter high-throughput technology begins with the introduction of the new HN9600 and HN9800 Ka-band satellite routers created by Hughes Network Systems. The new routers will be able to deliver the HughesNet Gen4 satellite broadband service to consumers in the United States using Jupiter technology.


Two international service providers have begun to offer the new routers. Avanti Communications serves Africa, Europe, and the Middle East through its Hylas 1 and 2 satellites. Meanwhile, Yahsat’s high-speed Yahclick Internet on satellite service covers Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

Pradman Kaul, President of Hughes, states that the Company’s North American customers are enjoying swifter speeds, bigger capacity, and better network experience thanks to Jupiter high-throughput technology. The new technology spurred the growth of the Company’s HughesNet Gen4 satellite broadband service beyond expectations. The recently-announced Ka-band routers, says President Kaul, will be the first Jupiter technology seeded worldwide.

Thuraya Telecommunications recently launched the newest member of its mobile satellite broadband terminal portfolio: The Thuraya IP+ terminal.


The Company’s new satellite broadband terminal leverages Thuraya’s satellite network to ensure consumers enjoy swift and reliable access to broadband data services. Capable of delivering the fastest IP speeds to remote locations outside the coverate of traditional terrestrial networks, the Thuraya IP+ terminal enables live high quality video broadcasting, web browsing, email, social media communications, data transfer, VoIP, corporate network access, and various other applications.

Smaller than a typical laptop, weighing in at a mere 1.4 kilos, and equipped with a built-in antenna, the Thuraya IP+ can be quickly moved and deployed in support of high-bandwidth applications. Users can also reconfigure the new satellite broadband terminal to deliver asymmetric streaming capabilities, allowing them to optimize bandwidth costs by managing upload and download speeds based on usage requirements.

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