Mobile Satellite Users Association April 15,  2019
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MSUA is honored to welcome the following company to our membership class of 2019:                              

ALCAN Systems is a German-based smart antenna technology start-up which has developed the revolutionary new liquid crystal (LC) enabled phased array technology. The technology is based on the work of ALCAN co-Founder and CEO Dr. Onur Karabey who proved the viability of LC based phased array antennas in 2011. The company also received seed funding of EUR 850,000 in 2014 from the EXIST Transfer of Research Program of German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to commercialise the research and accelerate the development of a working prototype.   ALCAN raised a further EUR 7.5 million Series A funding in 2017 from a consortium of leading global companies and is now focused on bringing its first product to market in 2020.

Again, welcome Alcan!  We are glad you have joined our community and we look forward to having you participate in the 2019 Satellite Mobility Innovation Award Luncheon and other activities ahead.  

Very Best,
Catherine A. Melquist
Mobile Satellite Users Association

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Thales Alenia Space mulls satellite servicing venture
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; April 9, 2019 
Jamaica buys Thales’ maritime surveillance technology to boost security
Naval Technology, Hemanth Kumar and Talal Husseini; April 10, 2019
PathFinder Digital Awarded Contract for US Army Prophet Program
PathFinder Digital News Release; March 29, 2019
Harris Corporation Awarded $84 Million Contract to Produce Experimental Space Vehicle to Enhance GPS Capabilities
Business Wire; April 8, 2019 
Hughes to Develop Protected Tactical Enterprise Service for Boeing
Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; April 10, 2019 
Inmarsat’s GX Aviation selected by Virgin Atlantic for 12 A350-1000s
Advance; April 11, 2019
Inmarsat’s return to private equity ownership leaves few shining stars
UK satellite sector grounded by financial realities
Financial Times, Nic Fildes; April 12, 2019
On the Show Floor: KenCast's Fazzt to Perform at NAB2019
SatNews Daily; April 8, 2019
Viasat Link 16 Products Have Capabilities Sought by U.S. Military
The Maritime Executive; April 11, 2019
Viasat Opens Headquarters in Mexico
Via Satellite, Jeffrey Hill; April 8, 2019 
Viasat Launches Managed Wi-Fi Service for Small and Medium Businesses
PR Newswire; April 9, 2019
Damage to Intelsat 29e Satellite Causes Service Outage
Via Satellite, Jeffrey Hill; April 10, 2019
Intelsat and Aldea Join Forces to Deliver an Unparalleled Global Satellite and Fiber Video Distribution Network
Business Wire; April 8, 2019 
ORBCOMM launches enhanced Web platform and latest telematics devices for heavy equipment industry
Satellite Evolution Group; April 8, 2019
Carnival Expands Partnership With SES
Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; April 10, 2019 
SES Sees Third Generation Satellites As Disruptive Technology; April 8, 2019
Panasonic Avionics introduces new solutions to enhance the passenger experience
Future Travel Experience: April 10, 2019
Airplane seat cameras are here to stay, says manufacturer
CNN. Francesca Street; April 11, 2019 
AiTelecom launches first DVB-S2X network in Mexico utilizing VT iDirect's iQ remotes
SpaceDaily; April 9, 2019
Global Air Traffic Control System Uses Iridium Satellites
Nanalyze; April 8, 2019
Luxury expeditions take connectivity to remote locations via Marlink
Seatrade Cruise News, Michelle Winny; April 10, 2019


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Vertical Markets & Supply Chain
SmartSky readies to announce VARs for 4G LTE inflight connectivity
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; April 11, 2019
Aireon space-based ADS-B goes live over North Atlantic
Get Connected; April 8, 2019
How does in-flight WiFi work?
Airport  Technology, Frances Marcellin; April 9, 2019
Safran cracks the code to offer Bluetooth across cabin classes
Runway Girl Network, Jason Rabinowitz; April 6, 2019
Airbus Signs Another Agricultural Data Partner
Via Satellite, Jeffrey Hill; April 8, 2019
5G-connected cows test milking parlor of the future
Reuters; April 11, 2019
Fit prognosis for satellite and terrestrial healthcare connectivity
Satellite Finance, Craig Barner; April 9, 2019 
The installed base of wireless IoT devices in the oil and gas industry reached 1.3 million in 2018
Satellite Evolution Group; April 8, 2019
Gomspace, Sky And Space Global Agree, In Principle, To Revise Their Contractual Relationship
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; April 8, 2019 
The installed base of wireless IoT devices in the oil and gas industry reached 1.3 million 2018
Virtual Strategy Magazine, Johan Fagerberg; April 9, 2019
Telefónica launches IoT Cybersecurity Unit
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; April 10, 2019 1
Orolia Installs Cospas-Sarsat 2Gen Tech for NOAA's Search and Rescue Ground Stations
SatNews Daily; April 8, 2019
Aptiv Recognized for Automated Driving Satellite Platform
Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; April 9, 2019
Maritime CEO Forum: Prepare to be Ubered
Splash 24/7; April 11, 2019
Is a ‘VSAT revolution’ coming to Asian offshore?
Marine Digitalization & Communications, Edwin Lampert (video interview); April 11, 2019
Satcoms launched for tugs and OSVs in Asia
Marine Digitalization & Communications, Martyn Wingrove; April 9, 2019
Cruise Line CEOs See No End to Passenger Growth
Via Satellite,  Mark Holmes; April 11, 2019 
Now Coming to the Maritime Comms Market is NSSLGlobal's FusionIP-LITE
SatNews Daily; April 9, 2019
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Awarded Significant Order for Heights™ Networking Platform from SES Networks
Talk Satellite; April 9, 2019
SRT Maritime revenues boosted by solid showing from AIS and MDA businesses
Sharecast News, Iain Gilbert; April 10, 2019
How to keep satcoms cyber secure
Marine Digitalization & Communications, Ed Martin; April 11, 2019
Platform technology amplifies benefits of LEO satellite growth
Marine Digitalization & Communications, Ed Martin; April 9, 2019
Spire Expands Reach into Maritime Chartering, Commodity Markets
Via Satellite, Jeffrey Hill; April 12, 2019
Atlas Space Operations wins Air Force antenna contract
SpaceNews, Debra Werner;  April 10, 2019
ThinKom antennas prove reliability over 7m flights
Get Connected; April 8, 2019
FCC to auction additional 5G spectrum, boost rural internet
Reuters, David Shepardson; April 12, 2019
Space Development Agency aims to issue first RFI this summer
SpaceNews, Brian Berger ; April 11, 2019 
CenturyLink to Support NASA Connectivity
Signal,  AFCEA Magazine; April 9, 2019


Adjacent Industry & Other
Hate Your Internet Provider? Look to Space
Wall Street Journal, Christopher Mims; April 10, 2019
Coollink  partners  Konnect Africa to make satellite broadband affordable
The Sun (Nigeria); April 8, 2019
Little FCC Reforms Can Have Big Benefits for Rural Broadband
Multichannel News,  Claude Aiken, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association – April 10, 2019
Consolidation and telco competition questions foremost after Amazon unveils another LEO broadband swarm
Satellite Finance,  Craig Barner; April 11, 2019 
5G Is The Essential National Security Imperative Of Our Time
Forbes, Christopher Burnham; April 12, 2019
White House to unveil latest 5G push and rural broadband initiative
Skeptics aren’t sure where all of this money is coming from
The Verge, Makena Kelly;  April 12, 2019
Wireless backhaul and 5G to bring $32b in revenue, says NSR
Satellite PRO, Middle East; April 9, 2019  
UK regulator praises 5G progress
Mobile World Live, Vhris Donkin; April 10, 2019
Taxpayer groups unify against CBA’s ‘egregious private sale plan’ for C-band
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; April 10, 2019 
CBRS Alliance Announces Publication of Enhanced Specifications in Preparation for OnGo™ Commercial Service
Globe Newswire; April 10, 2019
Private LTE: New opportunities for an existing model
RCR Wireless, Kelly Hill; April 9, 2019
Private LTE market is estimated to hold the largest market share of over 40% by 2024 in North America
OpenPR; April 9, 2019
Syniverse and Affirmed Networks Launch Cloud-Based Virtual Network Solution
ECN Magazine, Tierney King; April 9, 2019
Private networks for mines a priority for Nokia, Ericsson
RCR Wireless, Sean Kinney;  April 5, 2019
FedEx seeks extension to CBRS study using Nokia hardware
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; April 5, 2019 
Nokia powers campus network for future of automotive manufacturing
Intelligent CIO, Alix Pressley; April 10, 2019
Here’s why Amazon is trying to reach every inch of the world with satellites providing
CNBC, Michael Sheetz; April 8, 2019
Beam Communications enters Indian satellite market via Station Satcom
Small Caps, Danica Cullinane; April 9, 2019
When it comes to satellites, less can be more
C4ISRNet, Adam Stone; April 11, 2019 
Are reprogrammable satellites ready for prime time?
C4ISRNet, Adam Stone; April 7, 2019 
SES sees a future with smarter MEO/GEO satellites
Get Connected; April 5, 2019
How The World Food Programme Uses Blockchain To Better Serve Refugees
TeleAnalysis; April 12, 2019
SpaceX lands all three Falcon Heavy rocket boosters for the first time ever
The Verge; Loren Grush and Sean O'Kane;  April 11, 2019
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