Mobile Satellite Users Association February 25,  2019
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Catherine A. Melquist

MSUA welcomes Solstar Space Co. as the newest member to join our association.  I am particularly pleased to make this announcement as I've known Brian Barnett, the founder 
and CEO, for many years and have always found his space-based business pursuits to be both adventurous and inspiring.  As evidence, here's SSC's company description:  Solstar Space Co. develops proprietary technologies and payload & space communicator products, providing commercial internet/communications services to astronauts and machines in space. Solstar's services also enable earth-based customers 24/7 direct access to experiments, cube sats, machines, and colleagues located in space, via their smartphones, or any other internet connected device. Thanks again Brian and Solstar Space Co. for joining MSUA and I will be reaching out to you soon for a Mobility News interview so that we can all learn more about your mobility innovation and thought leadership on mobility market development. 

With the addition of Solstar Space Co, four new companies have already joined MSUA this year. Other new members include Blue Sky NetworksCopaSat, and PathFinder Digital. MSUA is offering a one-time membership discount for new members that join the association between now and 31 March 2019. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the benefits of MSUA and add your voice to the satellite-based mobility market community.  See promotion details below.

And, as announced in last week's MSUA Mobility Marketing Committee meeting, MSUA corporate and small business member icons have been created and will be distributed to members this week for use on all print, digital, exhibition and other marketing assets. 

Mobile World Congress 2019 starts this week in Barcelona.  At last count, over 42 satellite-related companies exhibiting at this year's show including MSUA members -- Intelsat, iDirect, Kymeta, OneWeb and SES Networks.  This validates MSUA's plan for SATELLITE 2019 where we will be teaming with CompTIA to host a series of end-user panel discussions under the umbrella theme, Satellite Mobility in the 5G Era.  We expect to have more details to share in the coming weeks. 

Now on to Mobility News! 
Moving Forward. Smarter Together. 
COMSAT Goes to Extremes to Provide Iridium Certus to U.S. DoD, Government and Commercial Users
SatNews Daily; February 19, 2019
Gloves are off as Viasat CEO talks IFC opportunities
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; February 19, 209 -
UK triggers ESA support for 2nd-generation OneWeb satellite technology; Canada also in
February 18, 2019 – Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding – 855 words 
SES Selected to Boost Connectivity and Improve Safety and Security of EU's Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
SatNews Daily; February 18, 2019
Facebook Helps Viasat Deploy Rural Wi-Fi Hotspot Service
Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; February 20, 2019 
Viasat Enters An Agreement With Boeing For 3rd Viasat 3 Satellite
Daily Global Insights, Adams Jones; February 18, 2019
El Al Launches Viasat IFC on Transatlantic Flights
Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; February 20, 2019
Yahsat and Thuraya unveil advanced military satellite at IDEX 2019
Technical Review MiddleEast; February 18, 2019
Satcom Global's Aura VSAT Upgraded to iDirect's Velocity Platform
SatNews Daily; February 18, 2019
Intelsat’s capex-saving measures to increase opex and cut EBITDA starting this year
Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding; February 20, 2019
Intelsat Awarded U.S. Air Force Satcom Contract Modification
Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; February 19, 2019 
CBA Exec: T-Mobile Proposal is “Pure Mischief”
Via Satellite, Mark Holmes; February 21, 2019
For EchoStar, Brazil a broadband success for Hughes but a DTH failure 8 years after winning orbital slot
Space Intel Report, Peter  B. de Selding; February 22, 2019
ORBCOMM's Analytics Services to Empower Rehrig Vision™
SatNews Daily; February 21, 2019
CETel secures capacity on SES-12
Satellite Evolution Group; February 20, 2019
AST Sets their Sails and Floats the First Commercial Iridium Certus on an Old Herring Lugger
SatNews Daily; February 21, 2019
Arianespace to orbit the first six satellites of the OneWeb constellation
Space Daily; February 20, 2019
OneWeb satellite launch could be postponed after Soyuz emergency
Sputnik News Service; February 22, 2019
6 schools across the globe chosen for satellite internet program, Scott Gros; February 21, 2019
5N Plus supplying substrates to SolAero for Airbus OneWeb Satellites
Semiconductor Today; February 20, 2019 
Fleet Xpress powers new Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ship
Maritime Executive; February 21, 2019
Public input sought on shark study set to begin next week
Cape Cod Times; February 21, 2019
Thales, Atlas to build underwater training centre in UAE
TradeArabia; February 20, 2019
Thales Extends Global Footprint with Launch of Engineering Competence Centre in Bengaluru
AviationPros; February 19, 2019
Intelsat: 5G needs satellites
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; February 24, 2019 
thru March 31, 2019

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PLAN NOW...The 2019 Satellite Mobility Innovation Award categories include:
Top Mobility User Experience Solution

Top Connected Platform Solution

Top Infrastructure Solution

Top Public Safety Solution

Top Cybersecurity Solution

Top 5G Hybrid Connectivity Solution

Company to Watch

Applications will be accepted through April 10th and can be emailed to
Include a 1 - 2 page description of your innovation along with evidence substantiating its market success.  All MSUA Members are invited to participate.  Good Luck!  


Vertical Markets & Supply Chain
Addvalue Innovation Acquires Design Contract for SBB Terminals with Avionica
SatNews Daily; February 21, 2019
BEL signs Teaming Agreement with Hughes India for Helicopter Satcom Solutions
Equity Bulls; February 21, 2019 
Next Generation of inflight connectivity ever closer as Seamless Air Alliance announces major progress
Satellite Evolution Group; February 20, 2019
Are In-Flight Wi-Fi Subscriptions Worth It?
Conde Nast Traveler, Paul Rubio; February 20, 2019
Someone found cameras in Singapore Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system
Fast Company, Melissa Locker; February 20, 2019
Gogo posts £217.2m revenue and $59.7m net loss for 2018
Get Connected; February 21, 2019
Australia eyes Agriculture 4.0 opportunity: Can Down Under come out on top?
Food Ingredients 1st ; February 22, 2019
Does AI Hold the Key to a New and Improved “Green Revolution” in Agriculture?
NOVA; February 19, 2019
Global Precision Farming/Agriculture Service Market – In-Depth Analysis with Booming Trends Supporting Growth and Forecast till 2023
Crypto News; February 21, 2019
Hiber's Internet of Things SmallSat Tested for Space
SatNews Daily; February 18, 2019
The Reuben Brothers Invest in HiSky
Via satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; February 21, 2019
AT&T officials outline current IoT capabilities over FirstNet, future considerations for LTE-M
Urgent Communications, Donny Jackson; February 15, 2019
Why IoT devices pose a bigger cybersecurity risk than most realize
ZDNet, Karen Roby; February 21, 2019
Wavestream announces the first in a series of Ka-band solutions for LEO/MEO gateway market
Satellite Evolution Group; February 20, 2019
DataPath Receives Prime Contract to Support Communications for the US Antarctic Program
Talk Satellite; February 19, 2019
Exploration Comes-back with a Bang
Marine Technology News, Laxman Pai; February 20, 2019
Satcom Direct (SD) to provide engine data to Rolls-Royce
Get Connected; February 18, 2019
When the data flows, the dollars will follow
Marine Electronics & Communications,  Martyn Wingrove; February 22, 2019 
Tallink Grupp to form collaboration to study autonomous ships
The Marine Professional, Dennis O'Neill; February 6,  2019
Pole Star launches PSP Tracking mobile app
The Digital Ship; February 18, 2019
Goldenport and OceanGold opt for Marpoint news system
The Digital Ship; February 18, 2019
Satellite Companies Balk at T-Mobile's $11B C-Band Proposal
LightReading, Mike Dano; February 19, 2019 
New brand identity for Methera Global
Satellite Evolution Group; February 15, 2019
Sky And Space Aiming To Roll Out Commercial Service This Year
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Irene Klotz; February 21, 2019 

Space Startup Aims to Connect Satellites Directly With Cellphones
Wall Street Journal, Andy Pasztor; February 24, 2019 

Comtech EF Data awarded $1.7 million equipment order from leading satellite antenna manufacturer
Satellite Evolution Group; February 19, 2019
Some Massive MIMO Antennas Might Be a Little Too Massive
Light Reading, Mike Dano; February 19, 2019
AvL Technologies announces delivery to Rodcast and Telecom
Satellite Evolution Group; February 20, 2019
Electronic warfare (EW) avionics for F/A-18 jet fighter-bombers
Military and Aerospace Electronics; February 22, 2019
Satcom For Defense & Security Market: Witnessing Growth Due to Growing Demand For Enhanced Communication And Security Services
Financial Analyst; February 22, 2019
Adjacent Industry & Other

Embratel starts providing corporate broadband service via Star One D1
Telecompaper; February 19, 2019 
Cisco exec. details how Wi-Fi 6 and 5G will fire-up enterprises in 2019 and beyond
Network World, Michael Cooney; February 21, 2019

Verizon Appears to Walk Back 5G Home Buildout Goal
Light Reading, Mike Dano; February 22, 2019
Accelerating 5G roll out via satellite
WebWire; February 22, 2019 
Ligado Networks Board of Directors Reaffirms Commitment to Investment in America's 5G Infrastructure
Talk Satellite; February 22, 2019
Will 5G Kill WiFi? Qualcomm Thinks It Just Might
LightReading, Mike Dano; February 21, 2019
The race to 5G wireless tech is on. A report finds Americans may have an early lead.
Washington Post, Brian Fung; February 19, 2019
Telefónica and SEAT show 5G connected car use cases for safer driving in a city environment
WEBWIRE; February 18, 2019
How 5G could transform marketing – and beyond
WARC; February 19, 2019
T-Mobile updates 5G website to hype Sprint merger and rural broadband
VentureBeat, Jeremy Horwitz; February 19, 2019 
Xilinx Extends its Breakthrough Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Portfolio to Full sub-6GHz Spectrum Support
PRNewswire; February 20, 2019
5G needed to ease 4G LTE congestion: OpenSignal
ZDNet, Corinne Reichert; February 21, 2019 
5G and the Smart Supply Chain
AutomationWorld, John Fryer; February 20, 2019
Newtec Collaborates With Wind River on 5G Technology
Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; February 22, 2019
Is Private LTE poised to make inroads on indoor connectivity?
TelecomTV, Ian Scales; February 21, 2019
NetNumber Extends Private LTE Solution Beyond LTE
Globe Newswire; February 21, 2019
Disruption and Opportunity Ahead for Semiconductor, Generative Design, and Private LTE Markets
PRNewswire; February 21, 2019
Geoverse Selects Ericsson Dot System for its U.S. Enterprise Private LTE Offering
Globe Newswire; February 20, 2019
Federated Wireless prepares for CBRS deployments with 25 customers
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; February 21, 2019
Federated Wireless and Packet Announce “Wireless Test Kitchen” to Accelerate Developer Innovation in Private LTE
Business Wire; February 21, 2019
Experimental British satellite tests harpoon in orbit
SpaceFlight Now, Stephen Clark; February 15, 2019  
VC-backed satellite companies brace for funding downturn
Satellite Finance, Jason Rainbow; February 15, 2019
SSTL's RemoveDEBRIS Satellite Has Removed Debris ... Successful Capture Mission
SatNews Daily; February 18, 2019 
Es’hailSat, BridgeSat, Qatar Satellite Form Partnership
Via Satellite, Annamarie Nyirady; February 19, 2019 
Millicom buys Telefonica mobile businesses in Central America for $1.65 bln -statement
CNBC; February 20, 2019
Global Healthcare Satellite Connectivity Market 2014 -2025
Eagle Chronicle; February 19, 2019

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