Mobile Satellite Users Association October 2,  2017
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Satellite Innovation Symposium starts today and more disaster recovery and satellite news. 
Catherine A. Melquist

Today is the opening day of the Satellite Innovation Symposium in Silicon Valley. Dubbed the "flagship satellite event of the west coast", panels of speakers will examine how innovative technologies are influencing the way products are envisioned, designed, sourced, produced, assembled, sold, and consumed. MSUA will be taking part by as I will be moderating a panel on satellite mobile connectivity and assuming all goes well technically, next week's edition of Mobility News will include a transcript of the discussion featuring MSUA members David Bruner of Panasonic Avionics, Pierre-Jean Beylier of Speedcast, Josh Miner of Iridium along with Kambiz Aghili of Blue Sky Network and Joshua Marks of Global Eagle. 

Meanwhile, more news broke throughout the week on the role satellite is and will play in disaster response and recovery including references Richard Branson makes in his new book specific to OneWeb.  Here's more....

 Now on to Mobility News!

Moving Forward.  Smarter Together.  
Thuraya starts tendering for next-generation constellation
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine Martyn Wingrove; September 28, 2017
Globalstar and IPmotion Launch Mobile Satellite Service in Japan
GLOBE NEWSWIRE; September 29, 2017 
AirAsia Group signs contract to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation high-speed broadband on more than 120 aircraft
WEBWIRE; Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Inmarsat launches new Pacific North West Pricing Plan for Fleet One
Satellite Evolution Group; September 26, 2017
Inmarsat : Supports the Philippines' National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill
4-Traders; September 27, 2017   
ViaSat and Boeing Proceeding with Full Construction on the First Two ViaSat-3 Satellites
PRNewswire; September 25, 2017
ViaSat vows to continue the fight to prevent European Aviation Network
Runway Girl Network,Mary Kirby; September 25, 2017 
ViaSat celebrates JetBlue Wi-Fi connectivity win
Get Connected; September 28,2017
Comtech contracted by U.S. Army to sustain Blue Force Tracking
GPS World, Tracy Cozzens; September 25, 2017
Airlines at risk of missing out on in-flight ecommerce boon
Financial Times, Peggy Hollinger; September 25, 2017
Phasor announces commercial agreement with OmniAccess
Satnews Daily; September 27, 2017
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announces results for fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and full year and provides fiscal 2018 guidance
Satellite Evolution Group; September 28, 2017
Comtech contracted by U.S. Army to sustain Blue Force Tracking
GPS World, Tracy Cozzens; September 25, 2017 
UNIT45 Selects ORBCOMM for Telematics Solution and Cloud Platform for Remote Monitoring and Control of Cargo and Containers
Cellular News; September 26, 2017
Q&A | Intelsat’s Stephen Spengler on HTS, life post-OneWeb merger attempt, and in-orbit servicing
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; September 27, 2017 
Intelsat General Corp. President On Epic’s Military Uses
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Jen DiMascio; September 27, 2017 
Panasonic Avionics and Dish bring 15 live TV channels to flights over the USA
Satellite Evolution Group; September 28, 2017
Panasonic Avionics delivers very upbeat forecast
September 27, 2017 – Get Connected 
Panasonic and Tascent partner on biometric aviation solution 
Planet Biometrics; September 26, 2017
Panasonic Avionics appoints new Vice President of Operations
Arabian Aerospace Online News; September 27, 2017
Hitachi Expands Telematics Service with Iridium Capacity
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; September 27, 2017 
Thales says the aircraft is changing into a digital platform
Get Connected; September 27, 2017
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Thales Defense & Security | Channel Manager 

Decline expected in maritime L-band – report
Digital Ship; September 28, 2017
Remote monitoring will lead to autonomous vessels
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove; September 26, 2017 
Are we seeing a revival in C-band?
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove; September 26, 2017 
Carnival to Offer New Wi-Fi Service Using SES Capacity
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell September 28, 2017 
exactEarth Announces Agreement with Alltek Marine to Expand Small Vessel Tracking Service Offering
Space Daily; Sep 26, 2017
SRT Leads with New OCEAN-SCAN Satellite Vessel Detection and Tracking System
Talk Satellite; September 25, 2017 
Broadband takes to the skies 
Global Telecoms Business; September 29, 2017 
Philippine Airlines to Upgrade and Launch New IFC Services
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; September 28, 2017
SES sets its sights on meaningfully serving aero with MEO
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; September 27, 2017
Lufthansa Execs Map Out 2018 Plans for IFC
Aviation Today, Mark Holmes; September 25, 2017
Panel debates which inflight connectivity model is best
Get Connected; September 26, 2017
Embraer announces new IFEC supplier for the E-Jets E2s
Arabian Aerospace Online News; September 26, 2017
New company - Drone Major Group - launches to provide first ever global connectivity platform to the fast growing drone industry
Satellite Evolution Group - September 27, 2017
Interjet announces multiple aircraft deal with Panasonic Avionics
Satellite Evolution Group; September 27, 2017
Navistar, VW will collaborate on electric truck, connectivity
Reuters, Joseph White; September 25, 2017
Analytical Space raises US$3.5m for LEO relay network
Satellite Finance, Craig Barner; September 26, 2017 
Dyson, Famed for Vacuum Cleaners, Aims to Build Electric Car
Company that re-engineered everyday appliances says it will have a car on the road by 2021
Wall Street Journal, Stu Woo and William Boston; September 26, 2017

Satellite connectivity driving socio-economic growth in Africa
The Guardian, Farhad Khan; September 27, 2017 
Romania publishes industry's answers on spectrum use in run-up to 5G
September 25, 2017 – Telecompaper 
Rays of optimism as satellite finds place in evolving data ecosystem | Viewpoint Satellite Finance, Jason Rainbow; September 28, 2017 - - 713 words
Intel: Australia's 5G focus is on commercialisation
ZDNet, Corinne Reichert; September 29, 2017
SK Telecom, Samsung claim 4G to 5G handoff first
MobileWorld Live; September 29, 2017
L-band satellite operators need to reposition
Satellite Evolution Group; September 29, 2017

M2M/IoT via Satellite: Low Bandwidth, Big Growth Opportunities
Satellite Evolution Group; September 26, 2017 
The installed base of fleet management systems in Europe will reach 14.1 million by 2021
Satellite Evolution Group; September 25, 2017
TSAT expands its Canadian satellite offerings with Alpine Satcom partnership
Satellite Evolution Group; September 28, 2017
The Industrial Internet Consortium and oneM2M partner on IIoT
Satellite Evolution Group; September 27, 2017
Dish's Ergen touts 'connectivity on an equal basis' at Denver startup conference
FierceWireless, Colin Gibbs; September 27, 2017 
DISA's DITCO Global Hawk UAV Gets Support From UltiSat's Ku-Band Satellite Services 
Satnews Daily; September 27, 2017
COMSAT's 10-Year $2.5 Billion Will Provide GSA Worldwide Complex Commercial SATCOM Solutions
Satnews Daily; September 26, 2017
Governments Must Plan Today for Flexibility Tomorrow in Space
Space Daily; September 25, 2017
FCC modernises rules to facilitate satellite broadband
Telecompaper; September 27, 2017
Elon Musk’s Plan to Girdle Earth With Satellites Hits Turbulence
Bloomberg News, Alistair Barr and Todd Shields; September 26, 2017
International partnerships to address orbital debris in absence of broader accord
 SpaceNews, Jeff Foust September 24, 2017 
Affordable option or investment killer? New types of mobile operators face scrutiny at CRTC
Financial Post (Canada), Emily Jackson; September 18, 2017


The symposium will explore innovations and changes that are expected to cause major disruption to the established satellite marketplace.  

Mobile Satellite Connectivity | October 3 at 8:00am

At few points in history have the tea leaves of mobile connectivity been more difficult to read. HTS & traditional satellite internet providers potentially face significant competition from new constellations offering wider coverage and comparable connectivity. What role could “mothership” type satellites play in terms of constellation management? Ground equipment is facing similar disruption with the seemingly near term introduction of flat panel antennas. What does the future of mobile connectivity hold? How will satellite be an integral component of the 5G and terrestrial wireless world of the future? What does the broadband connection of tomorrow look like?

ModeratorCatherine Melquist, President Mobile Satellite Users Association
SpeakerDr. Kambiz Aghili, CEO, Blue Sky Network
SpeakerPierre-Jean Beylier, CEO, Speedcast
SpeakerDavid Bruner, Vice President, VP, World Wide Sales & Marketing, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
SpeakerJoshua Marks, EVP Connectivity, Global Eagle
SpeakerJoel Thompson, Vice President and General Manager – Terrestrial Business Unit, Iridium

Conference Date:  October 2 - 3, 2017
Location: Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. 
Registration:  Use code MSUA2017 for a 15% registration discount.  

For more information click here.  

IoT: Tapping into the World’s Most Profound Communication Tools – Easy as Delivering a Pizza 

The world is changing before our eyes. Unleashing broadcast, and the new generation of multicast tools, is vital to tapping into the exponential growth in the connected car and IoT markets. The way content is consumed and shared has already changed dramatically. To deliver content how, when and where people want to consume it, reinvention of your delivery methods is essential to keep pace with increasing expectations and demands. Learn how flat panel satellite antennas are making the most profound communications tools as easy to use as delivering a pizza.  Get an eye-opening view of the world of communications, including insights into LEO satellite constellations, where the connected car and IoT markets are really headed, and how delivering piping hot content will get easier and faster.
Moderator:  Catherine A. Melquist, President Mobile Satellite Users Association 
Keynote Speaker:  Nathan Kundtz, CEO of Kymeta

Event:  Wednesday, October 18,  1:20 - 1:50pm.
Conference Dates:  October 18 - 19, 2017
Location:  Javitz Convention Center, NYC
Registration:  Register for the event and use code EP11.  

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