Mobile Satellite Users Association March 13, 2017
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Catherine A. Melquist

SATELLITE 2017 proved to be a banner week for MSUA. We celebrated 6 new mobility innovation award winners, sold out our Mobility Innovation Luncheon event and heard John Bloom, author of Eccentric Orbits, tell captivating stories about Iridium's early entrepreneurial start as the first commercial LEO company.  Additionally, MSUA's Mobility Forum was amongst the highest attended track of panels at the conference and we welcomed Thales Defense and Security as our newest corporate member to join the association.  

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards making SATELLITE 2017 a success for MSUA!  Early conversations have already begun  with Access Intelligence about expanding Mobility Forum programming at SATELLITE 2018.  Additionally conversations were had with other conference organizers about adding mobility programming to their events taking place in different regions around the globe. More information to soon follow.  

Now on to Mobility News!    

Moving Forward. Smarter Together.
Top mobility satcom innovations honored by the Mobile Satellite Users Association
Satellite Evolution Group; March 7, 2017

SSPI Names Top Five Up and Coming Space Companies
Via Satellite, Hayley Spillane; March 8, 2017
The AST Group wins MSUA Top IoT/M2M Innovation award
Satellite Evolution Group; March 8, 2017
Airbus adds Intelsat General as Skynet partner
Shephard News; March 9, 2017
SKY Perfect JSAT, Kymeta Announce Strategic Partnership
Via Satellite, Hayley Spillane; March 9, 2017
Kymeta and Intelsat Announce KALO™, a New Service to Revolutionize How Satellite Services Are Purchased
PRNewswire; March 7, 2017
Kymeta CEO on the Future of the Mobile Communications Market
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; March 7, 2017
Redmond-based Kymeta’s vision of the internet-connected world is flat
Seattle Times, Rachel Lerman; March 7, 2017
Hughes Launches World’s Largest and Fastest Broadband Satellite Network
PRNewswire; March 7, 2017
Hughes Targets Suburban U.S. Customers With Faster Satellite Internet Service
Wall Street Journal, Andy Pasztor; March 7, 2017
Hughes Launches JUPITER LTE Acceleration Technology to Fill Emerging Demands of Cellular Backhaul Market
PR Newswire; March 6, 2017
Inmarsat to ViaSat, Eutelsat: Euro S-band game over. Go home
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; March 10, 2017
Inmarsat-EM Solutions Team Equips Australian Maritime Vessels With Satcom Terminals
ExecutiveBiz, Scott Nicholason; March 07, 2017
Inmarsat recruits IAG as launch client for onboard broadband services
Share Cast News; March 8, 2017

A cross-sale partnership developing between Globalstar and Inmarsat...
Satnews Daily; March 8, 2017

Globalstar's Monroe enters SSPI's Satellite Hall of Fame
Satnews Daily; March 9, 2017
GlobalStar (GSAT) Appoints Kyle Pickens as VP, Strategy & Communications;  March 7, 2017
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Col. Michael Atcheson as President of Command and Control Technologies
Business Wire; March 7, 2017
Cobham unveils new Ku-band antenna system
TankerOperator; March 10, 2017
Telenor Satellite and Cobham sign THOR 7 Antenna Supplier Deal
Saltwater Stone; March 8, 2017
Panasonic Avionics to seek dismissal of CoKinetic lawsuit
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; March 6, 2017
Iridium Safety Voice Communications Installed in More than 500 Aircraft
Via Satellite, Hayley Spillane; March 7, 2017
Phasor Innovation earns MSUA’s ‘Company to Watch’ Award
Satellite Evolution Group; March 7, 2017
Harris Corporation to Provide Taiwan with Advanced Air Traffic Management Communication System
Business Wire; March 7, 2017
Telogis Launches Technology That Enables John Deere Construction Customers to Connect and Optimize Their Jobsites and Work
PR Newswire - March 7, 2017
Blue Origin signs OneWeb as second customer for New Glenn reusable rocket
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; March 8, 2017
SpeedCast Named 2017 WTA Independent Teleport Operator of the Year
Business Wire; March 8, 2017
Panelists Link Flatter Antennas with Fatter Profits, But Offer Vague ROI Timetable
Via Satellite, Marisa Torrieri; March 10, 2017
Cybersecurity Roundtable Highlights Satellite’s Holistic Approach to Managing Threats
Via Satellite, Marisa Torrieri; March 10, 2017
Hughes wins satcom contract for U.K. drones
SpaceNews, Phillip Swarts; March 10, 2017 
ViaSat said to be considering antenna business sale after inking Eutelsat JV
Satellite Finance, Craig Barner; March 10, 2017 
MSUA MEMBER BLOGS - click for the latest thought leadership:

Convertible antenna from Intellian
TankerOperator; March 10 2017
Shipping faces the perfect storm of technology
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove; March 7, 2017
Spirent Helps to Improve Search and Rescue Operations at Sea; March 7, 2017
UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency Selects McMurdo for Latest Search and Rescue PRNewswire; March 2, 2017
Pacific Basin's 99 vessels now have KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband deployed aboard
Satnews Daily; March 9, 2017
Thales enters commercial maritime market with VesseLINK
Satellite Evolution Group; March 7, 2017
Global Maritime Satellite Communication Market Segments 2017-2027
SBWire; March 8, 2017
NAVIC to help fishermen stay within territorial waters
The Hindu; March 10, 2017

Satellite communication saved airlines $3 billion–study
BusinessMirror; Rizal Raoul Reyes - March 11, 201709
Thales & SES Select Hughes for Next-Generation Aviation Connectivity Network to Provide Increased Capacity, Coverage and Redundancy over the Americas
NewswireToday; March 8, 2017
Satellite giants go to war over European Aviation Network
March 7, 2017 –, Scott Bicheno – 854 words
Thales, Unifly launch ECOsystem UTM
Air Traffic Management; March 7, 2017
Gilat and Hughes Unveil Dual-Band Aero Antenna for In-Flight Connectivity
March 6, 2017 – Via Satellite, Hayley Spillane – 316 words
Global Eagle to equip China-bound Boeing plane with Airconnect
SpaceDaily; March 3, 2017
SATCOM savings for airlines top $3 billion
Air Traffic Management; March 7, 2017
Aireon and Thales Begin Validation of Space-Based ADS-B Data
Space Daily; March 7, 2017

Carnegie Technologies Debuts Foldable Ku Antenna
Via Satellite, Hayley Spillane; March 8, 2017
Towing big data: trailer tracking suppliers look to deliver new insights
Commercial Carrier Journal, Aaron Huff; March 7, 2017
Space to Spoon Exhibition - Discover how Canadian satellites are improving crop management and quality
Canada News Wire; March 7, 2017

Satellite Solutions Worldwide to buy Australian and Norwegian assets for £1.8m
DigitalLook, Maryam Cockar; March 6, 2017    
Thales launches MissionLINK for land-mobile satellite communications
Satellite Evolution Group; March 7, 2017
Spot Device Use Down, Rescues Due To Vehicle Breakdowns Up In Nunavut; March 8, 2017

Hype Vs. Reality: When Will Internet Of Things Networks Appear?
Forbes, Mike Krell (Moor Insights and Strategy); March 8, 2017
Competitive Reality of 5G Threatens Previous-FCC’s Title II Net Neutrality
Precursor Blog, Scott Cleland; March 7, 2017
Dish declines LTE in favour of NB-IoT launch in 2020
Mobile World Live, Chris Donkin; March 9, 2017
Opinion: Keep Government And Commercial Space Operators Together
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch; March 10, 2017
Protecting satellites from cyber attacks isn’t getting any easier
SpaceNews, Debra Werner; March 9, 2017
GATR Technologies Introduces Ultra-Portable Sub-meter Satellite Terminal for HTS
Via Satellite, Hayley Spillane; March 7, 2017
Gilat is upwardly mobile... on-the-move applications are mobility-ready solution on land, sea and air
March 7, 2017; Satnews Daily
O3b Networks Delivers Fiber-like Connectivity to Africa Cup of Nations Matches in Gabon in Record Time
ITWeb; March 6, 2017
Isotropic Systems Secures New Round of Funding, Opens U.S. Office for Satellite Antenna Development
Digital Media Net; March 06, 2017-
Global Mobile Satellite Services Market 2016 - Production, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecast to 2022
Digital Journal; March 6, 2017
Global Mobile Payment Market to Grow at a Impressive CAGR of 25.85% and Reach USD 2.109 Trillion by 2022
Orbis Research; March 8th, 2017 –
Facebook willing to invest in satellite user equipment
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; March 8, 2017
Upending The Space Biz With Satellites For You And You And You
Wired, Sarah Scoles; March 10, 2017

More on this year's MSUA Mobility Innovation Award Winners:  
  • Hughes – “Top Aeronautical Mobility Satcom Innovation” for its HM System for Airborne Satcom, a software-definable modem and ultra-lightweight antenna innovation enabling Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) connectivity.  This innovation is helping to deliver real-time communications advancing the development of the manned and unmanned, fixed and rotary wing aero markets. Congratulations Hughes!
  • Inmarsat – “Top Government Mobility Satcom Innovation” for its Wideband Streaming L-band (WiSL), which adapts trusted, highly reliable Inmarsat L-band service into a new capability supporting high-throughput services through micro antennas for airborne, expeditionary and maritime missions.  This solution is helping develop Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for the U.S. Government market.  Congratulations Inmarsat! 
  • Thuraya – “Top Land Mobility Satcom Innovation” for its XT-PRO DUAL, a dual mode, dual SIM handset, bridging the connectivity gap for users that move between satellite and cellular communications. MSUA recognized Thuraya for its on-going commitment to advancing the satellite handset market as evidenced by the Thuraya XT-Pro Dual phone.  Congratulations Thuraya! 
  • AST – “Top M2M/IoT Mobility Satcom Innovation” for its IRIS, which is a remote monitoring and control solution for M2M/IoT over satellite. IRIS supports remote management through Inmarsat’s API for BGAN M2M terminals, significantly lowering operational costs and increasing efficiency by reducing the requirement for physical site visits to locations that are often hard to reach. MSUA recognized the scalability of this innovation enabling further development of the M2M/IOT market.  Congratulations AST!
  • Intelsat – “Top Maritime Mobility Satcom Innovation” for IntelsatOne® Flex for Maritime, a customizable wholesale Mbps service that aggregates Intelsat’s prime space segment, the IntelsatOne terrestrial network and the HTS optimized iDirect Velocity™ platform, into a simplified unified ecosystem, providing bandwidth when and where it is needed without investment for new capacity, infrastructure expansion and management. MSUA recognized this innovative new form of service delivery as a means of further advancing specific needs within the maritime mobility market.  Congratulations Intelsat! 
  • Phasor was nominated as the “Company to Watch” for its software-defined, fully electronically steered antenna with inertia-free pointing, very-low profile, solid state and dual beam capability accessing GEO and non-GEO satellite broadband connectivity. MSUA recognized Phasor as the 2017 “Company to Watch” as they are poised to further advance market access to satellite broadband connectivity.  Congratulations Phasor!

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