Mobile Satellite Users Association February 5,  2018
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MSUA Member Interview | Todd Hill,
Senior Director - Global Satellite Capacity Planning at Panasonic Avionics Corporation
President's Message
Catherine A. Melquist

I had the pleasure this week of interviewing Todd Hill, Senior Director of Global Satellite Capacity Planning at Panasonic Avionics Corporation and, recently re-elected MSUA Board Member (2017 & 2018). Read what he has to say about network interoperability, cybersecurity and innovations driving development of the aeronautical connectivity market. 

Catherine:  Thank you Todd for taking time to share your views on the satellite mobility market for this week’s edition of Mobility News. How about setting the stage by talking about your background and the role you play at Panasonic Avionics. 
Todd:  Hi Catherine. Thanks for having me. I have been at Panasonic Avionics for 16 years and over the last 10+ years I have been focused on Connectivity. I have been lucky enough to be part of the initial team to define and develop our connectivity product. I am involved in planning, designing, procuring and deploying our global mobility network for our customers. Panasonic continues to grow our connectivity business. We currently serve several markets including aero, maritime and energy. 
Catherine: With the increasing demand for mobile broadband, what challenges do you face when planning capacity? How do you believe these challenges will likely evolve in the next 1 – 3 years as the market continues to grow? 
Todd:  Click here for rest of interview.  

Thank you Todd!  Now onto Mobility News!

Moving Forward. Smarter Together.
Todd Hill, Senior Director - Global Satellite Capacity Planning at Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Also this week.......

Briefing | Mobile Connectivity 
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 11:45am
Moderator:  Catherine A. Melquist, MSUA President 
David Helfgott, CEO Phasor
Ric Vandermuelen, VPGM Government Satcom,  ViaSat
Joshua Marks, EVP Global Eagle Entertainment

MSUA Member News
Panasonic Avionics Exec on the Company’s Major Network Upgrade
Via Satellite, Kendall Russell; February 2, 2018 
Cobham cuts debt after $455 million sale of communications units to Viavi
Reuters; February 2, 2018
Legal action over European Aviation Network deployment proceeds
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; February 1, 2018 
MVS USA's FLEXX to Host Iridium's CertusSM Service
Satnews Daily; February 1, 2018
Inmarsat signs Fleet Xpress deal with Campbell
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine, Martyn Wingrove; February 2, 2018
OneWeb spars with SpaceX, Boeing, SES and Space Norway over FCC coverage rule
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; January 31, 2018   
Thuraya gains new aero customer ahead of Singapore Airshow 2018
Satellite Evolution Group; February 1, 2018
Thuraya Launches Its First Dual-Mode, Mobile M2M Solution
PRNewswire; January 29, 2018 
Marlink Expands in Japan
Marine Link; January 30, 2018
Marlink Introduces the First Inmarsat Fleet Xpress Prepaid Voice Card for Maritimers
Satnews Daily; January 31, 2018
Globecomm announces robust orders year to date for fiscal year 2018
Satellite Evolution Group; January 31, 2018
Iridium-Based Satcom System Could Be Bargain for Boeing 737 MAX
Via Satellite, Woodrow Bellamy III; January 31, 2018 
How 5G will impact the future of farming and John Deere's digital transformation In rural America, 5G technology could enable new precision agriculture capabilities on farm equipment leveraging real-time connectivity.
ZDNet, Natalie Gagliordi; February 2, 2018

MSUA MEMBER BLOGS - click for the latest thought leadership:

MSUA's 2018 Satellite Mobility Awards Contest

Awards will be given to the top technical or service delivery innovations introduced to the market in 2017.  Categories include:
  • Top Aeronautical Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Top Maritime Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Top Government Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Top Land Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Top M2M/IOT Satellite Mobility Innovation
  • Company to Watch

To enter, send a one-page description of your innovation together with data and customer testimonials evidencing the impact it’s made on the mobility market to no later than February 16, 2018. You must be an MSUA member to apply!

MSUA’s 2018 Satellite Mobility  Innovation Awards Luncheon

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018. 
  • Keynote Speaker: David Howgill, Founder and President of Huckworthy LLC - a consulting firm specializing in market development for company's with emerging technologies
  • Topic: Satellite Mobility and the 5G Opportunity
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Cost:  $75 Members | $85 Non-Members
  • Register for the luncheon at the same time you register for SATELLITE 2018 conference and use code MSUA4SAT18 for 20% off the cost of your conference fees.  

For more information about the Mobile Satellite Users Association and how to join, please visit

LIMITED TIME OFFER - MSUA is offering complimentary tickets to the 2018 Mobility Innovation Awards Luncheon to companies that join MSUA from now until 28 February 2018. Two tickets ($150 value) will be given to each new corporate member and one ($75 value) for each new small business member.  Click join for new membership information!

MSUA MEMBER BLOGS - click for the latest thought leadership:

New blog just added ...



Britain Reviewing Risks to its Satellite-Reliant Infrastructure
MarineLink, Michelle Howard; January 30, 2018
OmniAccess to begin testing and trials on Telesat’s recently launched Phase 1 LEO satellite
Satellite Evolution Group; January 29, 2018 
Transas A-Suite brings AI to maritime to reduce human error
Satellite Evolution Group; January 30, 2018
Ship-tracking peers of exactEarth not in same boat after announcement of strategic alternatives
Satellite Finance, Craig Barner - January 31, 2018
The Role of Safety in the Offshore Environment
MarineLink, Rolf Berge; January 31, 2018
Monitoring technology gains ground
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine; January 29, 2018
Monitoring drives push for autonomy
Marine Electronics & Communications Magazine; January 29, 2018
In-flight Wi-Fi is about to get a lot faster
Crain’s Chicago Business, Justin Bachman (Bloomberg);January 30, 2018 
Demand for mobile connectivity persists outside the US: SITAONAIR
Runway Girl Network, Mary Kirby; January 29, 2018
Competition Ramping Up For Airline Satellite Connectivity
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Kerry Reals; January 26, 2018 
FAA Approves First STC for SmartSky’s 4G LTE Network
Via Satellite, Nick Zazulia; January 30, 2018 
Global Eagle Bets On Rebound After Leadership Change
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Kerry Reals; January 31, 2018 | 
SESAR launches call for U-space demonstrators
Air Traffic Mangement; February 1, 2018
Eurowings Airbus fleet to get Inmarsat GX from this month
Get Connected; February 2, 2018
Global Eagle submits overdue SEC filings, details $223 million loss
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry — February 2, 2018

Satellite connectivity lifts DRC's mining industry
ITWeb Africa, Chris Tredger;  February 2, 2018
Ivanhoe Mines and SES Networks Revolutionize Connectivity for Mining Industry in Congo
BusinessWire; January 31, 2018 
The Digital Divide Must End, Laurie Bedord; January 31, 2018 
Devices shock and water-proof and work better than satellite phones
The Daily Liberal(New South Wales); February 1 2018
GM Ramps Up Testing of Self-Driving Cars, But Still Lags Waymo
Wall Street Journal, Tim Higgins; January 31, 2018, 


Sprint Joins 5G Race by Promising Nationwide Network in 2019
SDx Central, Sue Marek; February 2, 2018

Trump Administration Weighs Building U.S. 5G Network to Counter China
Wall Street Journal, John D. McKinnon,  Kate O’Keeffe and  Ryan Knutson; 
January 28, 2018 
Cuomo: Final round of state broadband grants will offer '100 percent access' for North Country
The Sun, Community News, (NY), Pete Demola; January 31, 2018 
Optus announces 5G rollout for 2019
ZDNet, Corinne Reichert; February 1, 2018
Sigfox’s CTO on where satellite fits in an IoT-only network
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; January 30, 2018 
Deutsche Telekom pushing IoT in Brazil via MVNO deal with Claro
Developing Telecoms, James Barton; January 24, 2018
T-Systems, Embratel Announce IoT Partnership
RFID Journal, Edson Perin; January 31, 2018
"Wireless mobility is the key to secure military communications," says Rajant CEO
Satellite Evolution Group; February 1, 2018
COTS in space: procurement strategy
Intelligent Aerospace, Dan Friedlander; February 1, 2018
FCC to consider item on bands above 95 GHz at its February meeting
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; February 2, 2018 
T-Mobile: Smaller license areas in CBRS would result in inefficient use of spectrum
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; February 1, 2018 
Radio Resource International; January 31, 2018 

Loon seeks STA for balloon tests with Band 20 capability at Winnemucca facility
FierceWireless, Monica Alleven; February 2, 2018
SES set to launch four MEO satellites to enhance O3b fleet
Capacity Media, Jason Mcgee-Abe; January 29, 2018 
Op-ed | Do we care about orbital debris at all?
SpaceNews, commentary by James E. Dunstan; January 30, 2018 
Spain’s Indra teams up with balloon operator and launch startup Zero2Infinity
SpaceNews, Caleb Henry; January 31, 2018 
Allot Communications: Mobile operators increase net promoter score with security-as-a-service
Satellite Evolution Group; January 31, 2018

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Order from Telesat for Infrastructure Equipment to Support Multi-Gigabit Enhanced Internet Connectivity Solutions in Canada’s Northern Communities
January 29, 2018 – Digital Journal- 379 words

Satellite-AIS provider exactEarth evaluating ‘strategic alternatives’ including merger or sale
January 29, 2018 – Space Intel Report, Peter B. de Selding 
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