Mobile Satellite Users Association November 12,  2018
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MSUA Member Interview | Morris Shawn, President, Roadpost
Catherine Melquist,
President of MSUA

On behalf of MSUA, I am pleased to present an interview with:
Morris Shawn,
President of Roadpost


Catherine:  Morris, thank you for taking time for a Mobility News interview.  I thoroughly enjoyed our recent catch-up and I believe fellow MSUA members and Mobility News readers will enjoy learning about Roadpost and your perspectives on the satellite mobility business. 
Let’s start by focusing on Roadpost.  What is the mission and focus of Roadpost and how would you describe the business you oversee today? 
Morris:  Roadpost is focused on the land mobile segment of the MSS space, with a full range of Iridium, Inmarsat and Globalstar telephony, broadband and personal tracking solutions. We serve close to 45,000 subscribers under our Roadpost and BlueCosmo brands. Our fastest growing business is GeoPro, which is a cloud-based platform that helps enterprise customers manage their employee duty of care. GeoPro supports functions like tracking, check-in scheduling and management, and SOS alerting through a number of different satellite devices and mobile apps.
Catherine:  What geographic and vertical markets does Roadpost prioritize and do you see new markets emerging? 
Morris:  > Read More

Now on to Mobility News!

      Moving Forward. Smarter Together. 

EU regulators to okay Thales' $5.4 billion bid for Gemalto - source

Reuters; November 9, 2018

Inmarsat Sees Q3 Growth in Aviation, but Decrease in Maritime

Via Satellite,  Annamarie Nyirady;  November 8, 2018 

Inmarsat plans new low-cost service to stem maritime customer losses

Reuters; November 8, 2018

Maritime Satellite Communications Sales is Booming with the Major Players Like Inmarsat, Iridium Communications Adopting Latest Technologies

BittAsset, Julien Buty; November 9, 2018

Viasat shrinks MEO constellation plans

SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; November 5, 2018

Viasat shares narrowbody IFC growth expectation for North America

Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; November 4, 2018

Mini Crypto from Viasat to Provide Embedded Security for the U.S. Air Force

SatNews Daily; November 7, 2018

To infinity and beyond: SES Networks preps SD-WAN service

FierceTelecom, Mike Robuck;  November 9, 2018 

SES faces fleet operator, manufacturer headwinds in software-defined-satellite push

Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; November 5, 2018

Evolving cloud technologies to fuel more M&A and partnerships as value chain refines | Viewpoint

Satellite Finance, Jason Rainbow;  November 8, 2018 

Lepton Global Adds Kymeta Technology to Government Offering

Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; November 6, 2018

Kymeta Successfully Takes Hybrid Data Backhaul on Cellular and Satellite Networks to the Border

SatNews Daily, November 7, 2018

Kymeta sticking with bundling strategy in wake of CEO transition

FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; November 5, 2018

Marlink’s proximity IoT platform expanded with PTC’s ThingWorx to deliver enhanced remote management

Satellite Evolution Group; November 6, 2018

NSA Awards Harris Multi-Channel Radio Type-1 Certification

SatNews Daily, November 7, 2018

Thales Alenia Space's First All-Electric Propulsion Module for Eutelsat’s KONNECT Satellite

SatNews Daily; November 8, 2018

The Big Chill ... ORBCOMM Launches Next-Generation Refrigerated Container Monitoring Solution

Satnews Daily; November 8, 2018

UAE's Yahsat satellite spreads opportunities in Africa

The National, Ali Khaled; November 8, 2018

Hughes Selected by NAVAIR to Support U.S. Coast Guard Airborne Communications for ISR, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Missions

PR Newswire; November 5, 2018

EchoStar transfixed by industry M&A options; Hughes division expands in Central, South America

Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding;  November 9, 2018

Iridium Communications CEO: We're the only communication provider with 100% Coverage of the Planet

CNBC (Video Interview); November 9, 2018

Icom, Iridium Partner on Satellite PTT Product, Service

Radio Resource International; November 8, 2018

The C-Band Alliance - A Proposal In Trouble

Seeking Alpha, Paul Litchfield; November 9, 2018



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An answer to small-vessel VSAT has arrived

Marine Electronics & Communications, Martyn Wingrove; November 8, 2018

Fugro announces agreement with L3 ASV to develop next-generation autonomy for commercial survey

Satellite Evolution Group; November 6, 2018

New Satellites Will Use Radio Waves To Spy On Ships And Planes

Wired, Sarah Scoles; November 7, 2018

Shared knowledge drives more powerful VSAT applications

Marine Propulsion, Martyn Wingrove; November 8, 2019

Maritime Satellite Communication

The Free Newsman;  November 7, 2018

Wilhelmsen Ship Management signs autonomous shipping agreements

The Digital Ship; November 6, 2018


NASA Rolls Out Urban Air Mobility ‘Grand Challenge’ Plan

Aviation Week & Space Technology, Guy Norris; November 8, 2018

Now Live for Global Flight Tracking is GlobalBeacon from Aireon and FlightAware

SatNews Daily; November 5, 2018

Gogo Sees Big Increases in Q3 Revenue

Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; November 6, 2018

Global flight tracking standards take effect as first step in radical GADSS distress safety system

Air Traffic; November 8, 2018

Satcom Direct embarks on SD Xperience tour

Business Jet Interiors, Izzy Kington; November 9, 2018

Aireon signs data integration deal with Brazil’s Atech to create ‘plug-and-play’ data source

Air Traffic; November 6, 2018 



Bugs on Wheels: The New Generation of Autonomous Vehicles

Via Satellite, Robert ; November 8, 2018

C-Com receives US$1 million of new orders from Asia

Talk Satellite; November 5, 2018

Self-driving car industry needs standards and security: executives

Reuters, Andrea Shalal; November 7, 2018  

Inmarsat Skywave critical telemetry helps Ivanhoe track assets at Kamoa-Kakula

International Mining, Paul Moore; November 8, 2018



Heady outlook for mobility leads MSS operators to seek convergence with other connectivity platforms

Satellite Finance, Craig Barner; November 7, 2018

CETel Expands O3b/MEO Coverage Across Africa

Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; November 7, 2018

Ovzon CEO: “We are Revolutionizing Mobile Broadband”

Via Satellite, Adrienne Harebottle; November 5, 2018

SKY Perfect JSAT Awards Gilat Contract for Broadband in Japan

Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; November 5, 2018

We are IT Philippines Inc. and Forsway partner to deploy satellite broadband services; enable free government-sponsored Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide, accelerate roll-out of 3rd Mobile Operator

Satellite Evolution Group; November 8, 2018

SpaceX sets its sights on a lower orbit for Starlink broadband network’s first satellites

GeekWire, Alan Boyle; November 8, 2018 

Geeks Without Frontiers selected to support FCC broadband disaster preparedness and response program

Satellite Evolution Group; November 9, 2018


NATO gives itself 12 months for $1.2-billion satellite MoU with Britain, France, Italy, US

Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; November 9, 2018



The FCC is About to Rule on "Mega-Constellations"

Satnews Daily; November 8, 2018

FCC, NASA To Push Private Communications Partnerships

Law360, Kelcee Griffis; November 8, 2018

The FCC’s ‘Ancillary Terrestrial Component’ Experiment Has Failed — I Would Know, I Was There

Inside Sources, Kathleen Abernathy; November 6, 2018

Comcast-NBCU Warns FCC That Alliance C-Band Plan Puts Fox in Hen House

Told FCC that satellite operator approach is not equitable solution

Broadcasting&Cable, John Eggerton; November 8, 2018

FCC Releases CBRS Rulebook, Mobile Experts Releases Research

IoT Evolution, Ken Briodagh November 8, 2018



Private LTE on the rise as Nokia bags BMW deal

TelecomTV, Nick Wood; November 8, 2018

GEO ecosystem plusses helping to balance out disruption as data traffic moves to HTS

Satellite Finance, Craig Barner; November 8, 2018

SatixFy Completes ASIC Development, Enabling Electronically Steered Antennaec

Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; November 8, 2018

What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook

The Verge;

November 7, 2018

Spacecom launches Vertical Solutions Division

Advanced Television; November 8, 2018

GetSAT Introduces L-Band Electronically Steerable Array Antenna

Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; November 7, 2018

Investor interest in connectivity drones sky high amid increasing activity in data collection

Satellite Finance, Craig Barner; November 6, 2018

At small satellite conference, frustration about lagging efforts to deal with space junk

SpaceNews, Sandra Erwin; November 5, 2018

Private LTE on the rise as Nokia bags BMW deal

TelecomTV, Nick Wood; November 8, 2018

Westell, ip.access Partner to Develop and Market OnGo Small Cell Solution for Private LTE Market

The Fast Mode, Ray Sharma; November 8, 2018


NGMN announces new Chairman and Board Members

Satellite Evolution Group; November 8, 2018

Port of Hamburg's 5G Applications Pass Field Test

The Maritime Executive; November 7, 2018

What role will 5G play in NBN's gigabit broadband vision?

TechRadar  Pro, Steve McCaskill; November 9, 2018


Ligado draws flak from satellites for US IoT network, Dish still lurks

Rethink Research; November 9, 2018

Dish Network Picks Ericsson for NB-IOT Radio Access, Core Network

Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; November 6, 2018

Telit Reveals New IOT Module with GSM/GPRS

Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; November 6, 2018

This Month, Spaceflight Launches 12 Smallsats via ISRO's PSLV Rocket

Satnews Daily; November 8, 2018




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