Mobile Satellite Users Association October 9,  2017
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Member Interview:  J. Alberto Palacios,             CEO Globalsat Group
Catherine A. Melquist

I had a chance to catch up with MSUA member, J. Alberto Palacios, CEO Globalsat Group at the Satellite Innovation Symposium in Silicon Valley.  Recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the “2016 Latin America Satellite Company of the Year”, Globalsat Group is a mobile satellite services (MSS) with offices in the United States, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru, Argentina and Mexico.  Globalsat Group has expertise in a wide range of vertical markets and is heavily involved in both the disaster response and recovery of areas recently impacted by natural disasters.  We talked specifically about Puerto Rico and the support Globalsat has been providing to the people of that region.    
Puerto Rico is still struggling to communicate after Hurricane Maria.  According to the latest update from the Federal Communications Commission, more than 90 percent of the island’s cellphone towers are still out of service. The communications infrastructure is shattered thwarting recovery efforts throughout the island. However satellite communications have been deployed and are playing a critical life and death role.  What is your understanding of the situation today and how, specifically, is Globalsat Group involved?

J. Alberto Palacios ... click for response and continuation of interview.  

 Now on to Mobility News!

Moving Forward.  Smarter Together.  

PS:  See Other News section at bottom for more storm news!


Panasonic Avionics’ surprising conversion into a satellite mega-constellation believer
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; October 5, 2017 
OneWeb hardware finally coming together
SpaceNews, Debra Werner; October 3, 2017 
OneWeb founder Wyler: 1 billion consumer subscribers by 2025
October 4, 2017 – Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding - 1028 words 
MSS Expected to Grow to More Than 12 Million Terminals by 2026, According to Euroconsult's Latest Report
Satnews Daily October 2, 2017 
Thales Alenia Space to Deliver Comms Equipment to KARI for KPLO
Satnews Daily; October 2, 2017
GRC and Thales Defence and Security, Inc sign Representative Agreement
Satellite Evolution Group; October 4, 2017
Harris' $260M to Develop Battlespace Communications Network for Asia-Pacific Country
Satnews Daily; October 5, 2017
Intelsat HTS expands Atlantic coast satcoms
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove; October 4, 2017
Intelsat, allied with Intel, proposes to cede ground on C-band in return for terrestrial operator payment
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; October 2, 2017 
Intelsat hits brick-wall on C-band plans
Advanced Television, Chris Forrester October 5, 2017 
ORBCOMM acquires Blue Tree Systems Limited
Satellite Evolution Group; October 2, 2017
TOTE Maritime Alaska selects ORBCOMM for remote monitoring of refrigerated and dry intermodal and over-the-road assets
Satellite Evolution Group; October 5, 2017
Agreements suggest shift to Fleet Xpress
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine; October 5, 2017
Interview with Frederik van Essen, SVP Strategy and Business Development, Inmarsat
Talk Satellite (mp3), October 2, 2017
Inmarsat's GX Aviation to Board AirAsia Group's Airbus Aircraft
Satnews Daily; October 2, 2017 
Hughes Launches Consumer Satellite Internet Service in Colombia
PR Newswire; October 2, 2017
Iridium Begins On-Orbit Testing of its L-Band Service
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; October 6, 2017
Iridium to control satellite data and time usage via business software
Capacity Media, Alan Burkitt-Gray; October 3, 2017 
Focus on Africa - A Conversation with Sean McCormick of Globalstar
SatMagazine; October 2017 
Mobile Satellite Services Market Size Worth USD 5.53 Billion by 2024:
PR Newswire; October 3, 2017 
Communications providers prepare to deliver higher bandwidth
Offshore Support Journal, Martyn Wingrove; October 5, 2017
Flat-panel phased-array antennas for satellite broadband: Here’s the state of play
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding;| October 7, 2017
MSUA MEMBER BLOGS - click for the latest thought leadership:

OneWeb (multiple positions open) | Careers Page

Thales Defense & Security | Channel Manager 

CSIR contributing to blue economy growth
DefenceWeb; October 3, 2017
Carnival Corp to deliver ‘best wifi in cruise’ with MedallionNet
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Rebecca Moore; October 2, 2017-
Norway leads the way in commercialisation of satellites
Spatial Source, Elizabeth Abbey; October 3, 2017
Growing the KVH Empire
Marine Link, Greg Trauthwein; October 3, 2017
KVH Providing Ocean Exploration Trust with Comms
Satnews Daily; October 5, 2017 
National Marine Electronics Association Recognizes KVH Marine Satellite Systems with 2017 Product Excellence Awards
GLOBE NEWSWIRE; October 03, 2017
High tech Arctic communications without satellites
MarineLog; October 3, 2017
Tigerair taps ViaSat for wireless inflight entertainment service Budget airline Tigerair
Talk Satellite; September 28, 2017
Maritime Satellite Communication Market to Incur Rapid Extension During 2017-2027;October 5, 2017
Seanergy Maritime migrates ships to Fleet Xpress
Marine Electronics & Communications MagazineMartyn Wingrove; September 29, 2017 
IFE suppliers aim for futureproofing with upgradeability
Runway Girl Network, John Walton; October 6, 2017

Rockwell Collins grows connectivity footprint; readies for the future
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; October 4, 2017
TrueNorth Brand to Transition to SD Avionics
Aviation Pros; October 4, 2017
Seeking out immersive entertainment options for premium cabins
Runway Girl Network, John Walton; October 4, 2017
TRAI looks at In-Flight WiFi and calling
Medianama Nikhil Pahwa; October 3, 2017
Satcom Direct DLU for FANS over Iridium achieves certification
Get Connected; October 3,2017
AirAsia to install broadband on more than 120 planes
International Airport Review; October 4, 2017
Airlines Upgrading Or Adding Onboard Wi-Fi
a region-by-region assessment of the technology and projects underway
MRO Network; September 28, 2017
Airservices Australia Eyes Space-Based Future
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Adrian Schofield; October 4, 2017 
Inflight broadband can bring regional airlines $1.3bln
Gulf News, Sarah Diaa; October, 2 2017
Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences to advance autonomous technology capabilities
Satellite Evolution Group October 5, 2017 
Self-Driving Dilemma: How to Pass the Wheel Between Human and Robot
Wall Street Journal, Tim Higgins and Mike Colias; October 2, 2017
Research claims IoT helps improve health and safety in mining industry
Mining; October 2, 2017 
Gulf Publishing Company Introduces LNG Intelligence Service
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; October 3, 2017
C-COM flyaway antenna deployed in the Andes
Satellite Evolution Group; October 4, 2017
IsoTropic Networks selects VT iDirect for next-generation VSAT offering
Satellite Evolution Group; October 4, 2017
Bentley Walker becomes first service provider to go live with DVB-S2X network using iDirect’s iQ Desktop Remote

Plasma Antennas Hopes to Cut 5G Base Stations Cost in Half
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; October 4, 2017
Advantech Wireless completes successful delivery of new state of the art 3kW C-band outdoor modular satellite SSPA system
Satellite Evolution Group; October 2, 2017
Faraz Shafiq on Verizon’s 5G First-Mover Advantage
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; October 2, 2017 
Can Intelsat Solve the Battle Over Spectrum for 5G?
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; October 4, 2017
With 5G, European Commission Hopes to Avoid Repeat of 4G Rollout
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; October 6, 2017
Euroconsult Releases Their New Prospects for L-Band, IoT & M2M Markets Report
Satnews Daily; October 6, 2017
Autonomous cars alter the playing field for motor insurance
Satellite Evolution Group; October 4, 2017
U.S. Senators ask FCC to lead debris-mitigation policy ahead of mega-constellations’ arrival
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding October 3, 2017 
FCC’s O’Rielly presses on satellite C-band sharing, warns ITU: Reform or risk U.S. withdrawal
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; October 6, 2017
European Telecoms Companies' Hopes of Lighter Regulation Dashed by EU
Reuters, Julia Fioretti October 2, 2017 
New FAA/EASA guidance makes doing global business a bit easier.
MRO Network, Sean Broderick; October 03, 2017
World View's sky-high launch is a big deal for the new space age
Arizona-based World View is one of several firms aiming for the stratosphere
Wired, Libby Plummer; October 2, 2017 
One Satellite Phone Connects Guayama After Hurricane Maria
NPR “All Things Considered,” John Burnett; September 29, 2017
Making satellite technologies work for sustainable development
devex, Flavie Halais; October 2, 2017 
Innovation: Replacing a Dish Antenna With an Antenna 
The idea of replacing satellite dishes with flat antenna arrays (FAA) is not a novel idea.
SatMagazine, by Dmitrii Shubin, Shubin Satellites; October 2017
SpaceX and OneWeb broadband satellites raise fears about space debris
Senators warn of “cascade” of collisions, ask FCC to work with NASA and FAA.
Ars Technica, Jon Brodkin; October 4, 2017 
Where is the Emerging Space Opportunity?
Talk Satellite, Carolyn Belle, NSR; October 2, 2017 


Clarksville Chaplain Heads To Puerto Rico With Satellite Phones Channel5 News, Kimberly Davis; October 6, 2017

Hispasat, Cisco, Digicel partner to restore Caribbean connectivity RapidTV News,Juan Fernandez Gonzalez; October 6, 2017

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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