Mobile Satellite Users Association March 19,  2018
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Congratulations 2018 MSUA Mobility Innovation Award Winners!
President's Message
Catherine A. Melquist

Congratulations again to this year's Top Mobility Satellite Innovation Winners!  Click for more information about each winning entry:

A big thank you to MSUA Chair, Joel Thompson of Iridium, for emceeing this year's awards program and to MSUA Board and association members Todd Hill of Panasonic Avionics, Mark Sykes of AST, Erwan Emilian of Speedcast, Lisa Dreher of Kymeta, John Stolte of Orbcomm and Trisha Kinman of iDirect Government for also taking part in this year's program. 

Finally, a special thank you to MSUA's keynote luncheon speaker, David Howgill of Huckworthy group, for sharing your your insights and perspective on 5G and the satellite opportunity.

On behalf of MSUA, thank you to all who attended and contributed making this year's MSUA Mobility Satellite Innovation Awards program and luncheon a success! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again next year.  

Now on to Mobility News!
Moving Forward. Smarter Together.
MSUA Member News

KenCast Integrates new Marketplace and NGOS Support with its Traditional Fazzt Platform for Global Delivery
Satnews Daily, March 12, 2018

Globecomm Roam delivers a smart source of maritime connectivity
Hellenic Shipping News; March 13, 2018
Divining what the stars hold in store for broadband megaconstellations
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; March 13, 2018
Top Mobility Satellite Innovations and Market Development Efforts Celebrated by the Mobile Satellite Users Association
MSUA Announces Four Top Innovation Winners and a Company to Watch
Business Wire; March 13, 2018
Globecomm Deploys First Phase of Rural Connectivity Program with Avanti
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 13, 2018
Other GEO operators could sell OneWeb capacity, SoftBank says
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; March 13, 2018
First Panasonic XTS satellite to support inflight connectivity in 2020
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; March 12, 2018
Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch Talks Satcom, Industry-Military Partnerships at Satellite 2018
ExecutivBiz, Jane Edwards; March 16, 2018
Rejecting Inmarsat claim, Iridium says it expects maritime-distress certification this year
by Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; March 13, 2018
Inmarsat Partners with Isotropic Systems in Technology Development Agreement for a Next-Generation Ka-band Mobility Antenna
Business Wire; March 12, 2018 
In-flight-connectivity’s promise forces Inmarsat to shed 10% of staff, cut dividend
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; March 12, 2018
VT iDirect Expands iQ Remote Portfolio, Showcasing Innovative Features of Next-Generation Software Architecture Design
PRWed; March 12, 2018
Globalstar Addresses the Connected Car Market with New Division
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 14, 2018
University of Oldenburg deploys Globalstar satellite technology to tackle North Sea plastic pollution
Satellite Evolution Group; March 14, 2018
Hispasat, Phasor to Develop New Antenna for Land Vehicles 
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 13, 2018
LeoSat and Phasor Reach Strategic Agreement to Bring Game-Changing Connectivity to Mission Critical Enterprise Networks
Business Wire; March 13, 2018
mu Space, SES Networks and Hughes to Provide Broadband Access to Rural Thailand
Talk Satellite; March 12, 2018
Hughes rolls out next gen rapid deploy communications hub for oil field services
JWN Energy, Maurice Smith; March 13, 2018,
Hughes ships first gateways for the ground network to support OneWeb's Low Earth Orbit Constellation
Satellite Evolution Group; March 14, 2018
New York Broadband Funding will Improve Internet Access in Niagara County
Niagara Gazette, Tim Fenster; March 12, 2018
10 satellites for the Fifth Iridium® NEXT launch have arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base
Santa Maria Times, March 12, 2018

Iridium Communications has sights on ECA debt repayment after debut US$360m bond
Satellite Finance, Jason Rainbow; March 15, 2018
Iridium Certus Distribution Expands with 6 New Service Providers
Via Satellite, March 14, 2018 
Brazil’s satellite operators protest Telebras-ViaSat deal, demand contract transparency
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; March 15, 2018
Viasat Sells it GEO Satcom Antenna Product Line to CPI
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 14, 2018
ViaSat’s Mark Dankberg: Cause of defect on two ViaSat-2 antennas remains a mystery
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; March 14, 2018
ViaSat-2 Satellite Comms Now Available for Government, Defense and Military Ops
Satnews Daily, March 12, 2018
New hardware from Cobham Satcom
Tanker Operator; March 16 2018
$455M Cobham Subsidiary Deal Completes
Insider Media Limited; March 16, 2018
Globalsat Group and Cobham PTT Tech Win Prestigious MSUA Award
Satnews Daily; March 15, 2018
Cobham reveals engineering behind ELGA class 4 antennas
ADS Advance; March 14, 2018
Kymeta helps Puerto Rico hurricane relief with satellite, cellular hybrid tech; March 16, 2018
Kymeta says antenna will fly on commercial qualified aircraft
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; March 14, 2018
Kymeta Kyway™ terminals achieve certification with world’s leading satellite operators
Business Wire; March 13, 2018
The Portable KyWay™ Go Portable SATCOM Terminal from Kymeta Makes an Entrance
Satnews Daily; March 15, 2018
Afghan Satellite ISP buys 2000 Isotropic Systems VSAT broadband terminals
SpaceDaily; March 16, 2018
Avanti Communications and Isotropic Systems to Develop Self-Installing Terminal to Expand Markets in UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa
March 14, 2018 - Business Wire – 312 words
Isotropic to Develop Consumer Broadband Terminal for OneWeb
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 13, 2018
Pivotel taps into satellite fleet for metro mobile capabilities in regional Australia
Partners with mobile satellite communications provider, Iridium Communications
ARN, Samira Sarraf; March 14, 2018
Thales and Spaceflight Create LeoStella to Manufacture Smallsats
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 14, 2018
Thales certifies six resellers for its LINK Mobile Satellite Service solutions
metOcean Telematics; March 14, 2018
Speedcast, SRH Marine to Distribute eNavigation Charts
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 15, 2018
HISPASAT and GlobalSat reach an agreement to improve connectivity for SMEs in Mexico
Satellite Evolution Group; March 13, 2018
ITC’s Crew Live Adds Video-On-Demand Offering
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 15, 2018

MSUA Member Blogs

Mobility Satellite Market Development SNAPSHOT

Euroconsult’s latest research report, Prospects for Maritime Satellite Communications, provides an in-depth view of the sector dynamics, analysis and forecasts for the maritime satcom market. According to the report, increased demand from passengers, regulatory incentives on safety communications, crew and passenger appetite for enriched content, and newly developed concepts related to smart shipping are some of the major factors pushing maritime operators to install the latest generation of satellite systems on their vessels. Autonomous shipping, performance monitoring, fleet management and cyber-secure applications, brought by an increasing number of IoT-connected and sensing devices, will drive capacity demand in the next decade.
Euroconsult forecasts that the maritime satcom market (both MSS and VSAT) will grow to more than 500,000 terminals in 2027 as compared to 337,300 terminals in 2017. Total revenue for satellite operators should grow from $953 million in 2017 to $1.6 billion by 2027, a 10-year CAGR of 5.2%. The revenue for maritime service providers is estimated to grow from $1.8 billion in 2017 to $2.9 billion in 2027 with a 10-year CAGR of 5.3%.

Sponsored by Euroconsult

Data is the New Oil and Satellites Are the Pipeline
Marine Link, Stephen Conley; March 16, 2018
Carnival Implements the World's First Multi-Orbit, Tri-Band Capable Shipboard Antenna System
PRNewswire; March 13, 2018
Improved Ship Tracking Key in exactEarth’s Strategic Alternative Search
SpaceQ, Elizabeth Howell; March 13, 2018
Maritime Connectivity Restricted by Outdated Hardware
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; March 14, 2018 
Global Marine Networks announced as partner for next-generation satellite constellation
Globe Newswire; March 15, 2018
Faster VSAT installation drives fleet digitalisation
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove; March 13, 2018
In-Flight Internet Providers Respond to Passenger Frustration
Aviation Today, Woodrow Bellamy III; March 14, 2018
Global Eagle Entertainment Expands Aero Network from Hughes That Brings Faster Speeds and More Capacity with JUPITER Technology
March 14, 2018, PRNewswire – 357 words
Gilat Launches Dual Band Aero Terminal for IFC
Via Satellite, James Walsh; March 14, 2018
Falcon 6X program launches with scant IFC details
Runway Girl Network, John Walton; March 13, 2018
ICAO endorses space-based ADS-B surveillance
Air Traffic; March 16, 2018
A new spring in its step, Global Eagle eyes “contentivity” growth
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; March 16, 2018
SITAONAIR to deliver new connected aircraft ‘smart core’
Get Connected; March 12, 2018
Satellite communications industry prepares response to future disasters
SpaceNews, Debra Werner; March 14, 2018
Next-Generation Rapid Deploy Comms Hub from Hughes Heading to Large Oil Field Service Providers
Satnews Daily; March 14, 2018
Toyota, Uber in talks on self-driving tech: Nikkei
Reuters; March 16, 2018
This New Wave Of Satellite Broadband Could Challenge Cable And Fiber
FastCompany, Mark Sullivan; March 13, 2018
Hispasat, Skyware develop triple-play satellite antenna
RapidTV News, Juan Fernandez Gonzalez; March 15, 2018
AFT and SES Networks Bring High-speed Connectivity to Businesses in Africa
SpeceRef; March 14, 2018
Maybe Nobody Wants Your Space Internet
Wired, Sarah Scoles; March 15, 2018
LEO and MEO broadband constellations mega source of consternation
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; March 13, 2018
IoT is a leading force in helping the transport and logistics sector to drive down its carbon footprint, finds Inmarsat
American Journal of Transportation; March 13 2018
Spacecom and hiSky to offer affordable voice, data and IoT services over Amos-17 satellite
Satellite Evolution Group; March 13, 2018
Dish Network places US$1bn convertible bond as NB-IoT ambitions take flight
Satellite Finance, Steven Levine; March 15, 2018 
ThinKom Delivers Ka-Band  Aero Satcom System for E-4B Aircraft
Talk Satellite; March 12, 2018

Op-ed | Balancing terrestrial & satellite 5G needs for international spectrum harmonization
SpaceNews, Jennifer A. Manner; March 15, 2018
Industry worried about regulatory backlash after unauthorized cubesat launch
SpaceNews, Jeff Foust; March 13, 2018
FCC’s Pai praises ‘under-appreciated’ satellite sector, wants ITU rule changes for constellations
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; March 13, 2018
FCC Authorizes New Iridium Terminals, Dismisses GPS Concerns
Inside GNSS, Dee Ann Divis; March 14, 2018
Scaling Up FPAS
Talk Satellite, Dallas Kasaboski, NSR; March 14, 2018
Satellite industry groups join hands to push adoption
iTWire, Sam Varghese; March 14,2018
SatixFy UK Introducing New Silicon Based Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Array (ESMA) Antenna
PR Newswire; March 13, 2018
Teal Group Estimates Value of Space Payloads Through 2037 at Over $270 Billion
PRNewswire-USNewswire; March 12, 2018
Satellite capacity prices down 60 percent in some cases and still dropping
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; March 14, 2018
What would it take for SoftBank to invest in SpaceX?
SpaceNews, Blaine Curcio; March 15, 2018


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