Teleste, a leading provider of video and broadband technologies and related services, has revealed that it has completed deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 -compatible network products to a cable network upgrade project started in 2016 by DNA, Finland’s largest cable operator and the leading pay TV provider in both cable and terrestrial networks. The upgrade embraces 1500 cable network sites in Southern Finland and, as the recent capacity tests show, it redeems its promise of reliable, Gigabit-level broadband speeds to DNA’s customers within the region.
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced that its JUPITERTM System has been selected by Global-IP Cayman as the technology platform to enable its mission of bringing high-performance connectivity to mobile devices used throughout the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The JUPITER System will be used to provision 100 percent of the capacity on Global-IP’s GiSat-1 150 Gbps high-throughput satellite (HTS).
While OTT and other forms of new media are slowly killing traditional TV viewing habits, a new study has spread some hope in the industry. Jointly published by BBC World News and BBC.com, the study tells that 85% of Indian news consumers think that international news is more important these days as the world is more connected now than before.
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) achieved critical milestone of the AsiaSat 9 program with the successful conclusion of the Satellite Pre-Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL) on 7 April 2017. Both AsiaSat and SSL agreed that AsiaSat 9 is ready for shipment to the launch site as soon as required.
Indonesian government officials and international TV executives have called for modernized rules for the country’s broadcasting sector during a high powered Regulatory Roundtable in Jakarta.
Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), has launched a new, ultra-slim family of smart antenna GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver modules. These fully integrated modules include a comprehensive feature set that eliminates the need for additional components, ideal for IoT projects with size, cost, and time constraints.
Experts at the International Telecoms Week conference in Chicago (14-17 May) have highlighted the need to accelerate investment in Africa to facilitate the continent’s broadband data explosion.
At a time of unprecedented technological and business change for the Asia Pacific satellite sector, the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2017 (May 22nd at the Four Seasons, Singapore) is set to tackle the most critical issues experienced by the industry after more than two decades of continuous growth.
The world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat (LON: ISAT) has successfully launched the fourth, high-speed broadband communications satellite. Inmarsat-5 F4 (I-5 F4) was launched by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket at 00:21 (BST) / 19:21 (ET) from the historic launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Following satellite separation at 00:53 (BST) / 19:53 ET, we acquired telemetry from our Perth ground station at 01:04 BST / 20:04 ET.
As per Global Pay-TV Subscriber Forecasts report from Digital TV Research, a total of 134 million additional pay-TV subscribers between 2016 and 2022 will take the total to 1.09 billion. Based on forecasts for 138 countries, the number of pay-TV subscribers will pass the 1 billion mark in early 2018.
In the UK, McDonald's had to apologize for the ‘upset’ caused by its TV advertisement that charity campaigners have said ‘exploits childhood bereavement’. The controversial ad features a boy who struggles to find something in common with his dead father, until it is revealed they shared the same favourite menu item. The widows called the ad ‘offensive’.
The US telecom company Verizon Communications has awarded USD 300 million cable supply agreement to Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. The deal is to support the company’s US network expansion around a next-generation fiber platform that will speed the deployment of 5G services, while improving 4G LTE and other broadband capacity. The three-year contract is worth approximately $300 million and will include the supplying of more than 17 million fiber kilometres of ribbon and loose tube cables.
Telecom Italia has appointed Giuseppe Recchi as Executive Chairman. The appointments come a day after the French media group Vivendi tightened its grip on Telecom Italia by appointing 10 directors out of 15 to the board of the Italian company.
Digital and new media platforms are causing fast decline of traditional TV channels. In the current TV season, the four major broadcasters of the US have lost 8% of their audience. Because of the slumping ratings, advertisers who want to reach a certain amount of eyeballs can’t get what they need from television anymore.
According to MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (MEASAT), Encompass Digital Media (Encompass) is expanding their presence on MEASAT’s leading 91.5°E video neighbourhood. Eight more channels are now available from 91.5°E: HITS HD, KIX360 SD, Zee Sine SD, beIN Asia Pacific’s Indonesia feeds - beIN SPORTS 1, beIN SPORTS 2, beIN SPORTS 3, WAKUWAKU JAPAN SEA HD and WAKUWAKU JAPAN Taiwan HD, all of which are distributed to TV platforms in more than 100 countries across the Asia Pacific.
Brazil and Spain have partnered to lay an undersea cable in the Atlantic Ocean to offer fast online and cloud services to the people of both countries by 2019. The EllaLink subsea cable will connect to data centers in Madrid and Sao Paulo, as well as in Lisbon, using shielded fiber rings, officials said on Monday. The cable will also connect the archipelagoes of Madeira, Spain's Canary Islands and Africa's Cape Verde along the route.
Zee.One, a film and entertainment channel,will soon be launched in Poland by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) which is eying the Europeanmarkets. Zee.One is a specially designed Bollywood film and entertainment channel. The company has appointed Pawel Kolasa as country manager for Poland. He will report to ZEE Network Europe CEO Neeraj Dhingra.
Hong Kong’s struggling pay cable operator i-Cable Communications has taken an “important step” towards carrying on its business, according to Stephen Ng Tin-hoi, Chairman. This gave hope as the company was on the brink of getting shutdown.
The government of Nepal is seriously pursuing the mission of total cable TV digitization within the next 24 months. According to the President of Federation of Nepal Cable, “The digital system will help to know the exact number of television users in the country. In the existing analogue system, we cannot get the exact number of viewers as a line can be distributed to many users”.
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