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SES & GOGO Deliver Hi-speed Broadband on Transatlantic Flights

11th April 2014: SES has just informed us that in-flight communications services provider, Gogo has started its first transatlantic connectivity service. The two companies signed satellite capacity and ground support agreements about a year ago, aimed at the continuous delivery of high-speed broadband internet connectivity services to passengers flying over the US, the Atlantic Ocean region, and Europe. Gogo’s Ku-band in-flight service relies on three SES spacecraft. The SES-1 satellite enables airline passengers flying over the US; SES-6 satellite provides seamless coverage over the North Atlantic; and the SES-4 spacecraft serves Europe.

New Study: M2M Applications in the O&G Industry ~ 2nd Edition

10th April 2014: Berg Insight estimates that the shipments of oil & gas M2M devices with cellular or satellite communication capabilities reached 93,000 worldwide in 2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 23.1%, the shipments are expected to reach 263,000 in 2018. In this latest report, Berg Insight includes a 360-degree overview of the M2M ecosystem in the oil & gas industry; insights from 30 executives at market leading companies; a comprehensive overview of the value chain and key applications; in-depth analysis of market trends and key developments; detailed profiles of 71 key players in this market, as well as updated market forecasts lasting until 2016. [Read more...]

Baker Hughes Acquisition Strengthens Real-Time Digital Capabilities

10th April 2014: Baker Hughes Incorporated has acquired Perfomix, Inc, a Texas based oilfield software technology company focused on solutions to enhance oil and gas operations’ performance. Perfomix will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Baker Hughes and will be integrated into the company’s remote operations services organisation.

Small & Powerful: New Norsat BUCs and SSPAs Hit the Market

9th April 2014: Norsat International Inc, a transmission enabler for data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, has launched the ATOM series of Ku-band BUCs and SSPAs. The company has already shipped in excess of US$2m to customers in North America and Europe. The products are claimed to be the most compact, lightweight, and energy efficient transmitters available in the market: up to 82% smaller, 68% lighter, with 60% more energy efficiency. They enable a wide range of applications including portable VSAT, satcom on the move, radar, TWTA replacement, and airborne terminals. 

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SES Supports Rural Connectivity in Mexico

8th April 2014: Focused on stimulating new growth opportunities across Mexico, Telecomm Mexico and global satellite operator SES have signed a capacity agreement to connect under-served rural communities with high-speed broadband. More than 9,000 locations have already been connected as part of the MEXICO CONECTADO nationwide inclusion program, led by the Mexican Ministry of Communications through CSIC.  Read more about Latin American and rural connectivity developments in the next print edition of OffComm News. Order yours today and get it delivered. This is a one off single order with no subscription required.

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Spring 2014

The M2M, IoT & SCADA Edition


cottamICT and the Nigerian Oil Industry: Teresa Cottam, chief strategist at Telesperience, looks at using ICT to improve commercial, operational and employee outcomes in the Nigerian oil industry.

Can satellite services respond to growing oil and gas needs?
Vaughan O’Grady looks at the year ahead for the remote comms sector.

The names may change but the role of sat comms remains the same.
While M2M is the current darling of the big mobile providers, it has long been bread and butter for leading mobile satellite service providers. Gavan Murphy, director of marketing for EMEA and LatAm at Globalstar explains how users can get the best of both worlds with hybrid solutions.

Meet Signalhorn CEO, Robert Kubbernus, and find out more about the company’s work in the remote comms sector, and why he thinks that “the next 20 years are going to get really interesting.” 

changing the conversation
Changing the conversation

Industry associations look to change the discussions surrounding the modern business of satellite communications.

Hub Urlings2014: Hub Urlings of M2sat takes a closer look at developments in the mobile satellite world ~ and what could be in store for a consolidated market.

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