Skycasters Internet from satellite broadband gets iDirect Evolution support

Skycasters is leveraging the iDirect Evolution Series X3 and X5 platforms to provide enterprise consumers with the newest in IP Internet from satellite broadband connectivity.


The new-generation iDirectsatellite routers implement the DVB-S2 standard in digital video broadcasting-satellite. Evolution X3 and X5 fulfill the requirements for Internet and VPN virtual private network, as well as other satellite broadband applications. They also boost access to enterprise networks, VoIP, and video conferencing.

According to President Mike Kister, iDirect Evolution technology will allow Skycasters to provide greater bandwidth efficiency and improved customer service no matter the conditions. With iDirect Evolution, satellite modems can execute adaptive coding and modulation (ACM.) By choosing the coding and modulation schedule that will permit the largest amount of data throughput given the location and situation, satellite remotes can keep Internet from satellite services running despite disruptive events like rain.


Eutelsat, skyDSL GLOBAL enter five-year Spotbeam capacity agreement

French-based satellite provider Eutelsat signed a multi-year spotbeam capacity deal on Ka-Sat with skyDSL GLobal — a leading provider of satellite Internet services in Europe. The agreement has an option for an additional five years following 18 months of broadband service delivery through Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite.

With over a decade of experience in providing high-quality satellite Internet solutions, the Germany-based company delivers a portfolio of Internet access and triple play services under its skyDSL2+ brand. The platform offers download speeds of up to 20 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 6 Mbps, and are commercialized through various sales channels. skyDSL2+ is currently available in Austria, the Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Spain.

In a company statement, skyDSL Global Managing Director Jan Hesse said: “Our experience of Ka-Sat since 2011 has convinced us that this is an unmatched platform for driving penetration of high-quality satellite broadband in Europe. This new contract equips us to grow our business in our core markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and penetrate new markets. We continue to contribute to closing the digital divide in our target markets with our high quality ADSL-style portfolio and compelling pricing.”

Echoing the sentiments of Mr. Hesse, Eutelsat Broadband Business Unit General Manager Jean-François Fenech said: “We are delighted to strike this new agreement which gives skyDSL the flexibility and long-term visibility it seeks to expand its network and pursue its commitment to high-quality and competitively-priced broadband. This is further evidence of KA-SAT’s ability to match the requirements of different users, from clients seeking a turnkey product, to clients who want a flexible, reliable and scalable platform to manage their own services.”

O3b, Kordia whip up Ka-band Internet from satellite solution for Cook Islands

A strategic partnership between O3b Networks and Kordia, a systems integrator based in New Zealand, will deliver Ka-band Internet from satellite services to the Cook Islands in the Pacific.

Telecom Cook Islands (TCI) has tasked Kordia with the installation of an O3b Tier-1 terminal in Rarotonga. Combined with the O3bTrunk Ka-band capacity and fully-managed trunking solution, TCI will be able to provide  satellite Internet connectivity superior to the satellite broadband currently used by businesses, residents, and tourists in the Cook Islands.

In addition Kordia will set up O3b Tier-2 terminals in four of the Cook Islands for TCI’s high-speed, low-latency O3bTrunk service solution.The O3b solution allows TCI to deliver more than 20 times the bandwidth currently enjoyed by each island at speeds rivaling that of fiber while also ensuring affordable prices and sub-150 millisecond latency.

O3b is already training the technical engineering teams that Kordia will dispatch to the Cook Islands in the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of the Tier-1 and Tier-2 O3b terminals.

O3b Networks is the world’s biggest Ka-band operator. Its solutions are used by communications service providers to deliver Internet from satellite capacity around the world. The Company is preparing its unique fleet of eight Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) Ka-band satellites for launch in May.

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United Airlines debuts satellite Internet Wi-Fi services during flights

United Airlines recently became the first American international carrier to equip an international widebody aircraft with onboard satellite Wi-Fi Internet connectivity for passengers embarked on long-haul overseas routes.


The airline has outfitted one of its Boeing 747 aircraft with Ku-band satellite technology developed by Panasonic Avionics Corporation. The 747 covers the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes. A pair of United Airbus 319 aircraft assigned to domestic routes have also received similar capabilities.

United intends to outfit satellite-based Wi-Fi aboard various Airbus and Boeing aircraft in its fleet. The airline expects to have equipped 300 of its mainline aircraft by the end of 2013.

Passengers will be able to use their laptops, smart phones, tablets, and other wireless devices to tap the in-flight hotspot aboard the outfitted aircraft and access Internet from satellite connectivity. United offers Standard (initial price: $3.99 to $14.99) and the faster Accelerated ($5.99 to $19.99) services with the prices varying according to the duration of the flight.

The satellite Internet outfit is part of the fleet-wide improvements United Airlines is currently performing to the tune of more than $550 million. One of its projects is to refit the transcontinental “p.s.” fleet of aircraft serving the New York Kennedy-Los Angeles-San Francisco routes with an improved premium cabin boasting fully flat beds, Wi-Fi Internet service courtesy Ku-band satellite capacity, and seats equipped with personal on-demand entertainment.

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The iPhone 5 Production And The Quality Control Inspectors Strike


Apple Inc., an American multinational corporation that designs and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers, develops a new product again: the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is a touchscreen-based smartphone, which means it is a mobile phone built on a mobile operating system with more advanced computing capability and connectivity than a feature phone, with an electronic visual display that can detect the presence and location of a touch within the display area. 

iPhone 5, succeeding the iPhone 4S, is the sixth and most recent generation of the iPhone, a line of smartphones designed and marketed by the said company. Unlike its predecessor, the new iPhone 5 has a bigger 4-inch screen rather than the traditional 3.5-inch screen and a smaller 8-pin dock connector; and is also lighter, thinner and faster. It is the first to support a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio (proportional relationship between its width and height), similar to most high definition televisions (“HDTVs”) currently sold and matching much newer content that’s delivered in the same aspect ratio. It means it provides a resolution that is substantially higher than that of standard-definition television. 

Other new features include a custom-designed ARMv7 processor called the Apple A6, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) designed by Apple Inc, an update to Apple’s mobile operating system known as iOS 6, and support for the first time, the LTE (“Long Time Evolution”), marketed as “4G LTE,” a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals) which in telecommunications means the fourth generation of cell phone mobile communications standards. 

While reception to the iPhone 56 has been generally positive, the new Maps application, a mapping service application developed by Apple Inc. for its iOS mobile operating system, has been negatively received and was reported to contain many serious errors. Several hardware issues have also received criticisms from consumers and reviewers, including an unintended purple blue hue in photos take by the iPhone 5 and an issue with its coating being prone to chipping. In addition, there have been a small number of reports claiming a light leak around the bezel near the top of display. Also, some incompatibilities with certain LTE networks are an issue; despite being the first Apple phone to support LTE. 

The product was announced on September 12, 2012, on an Apple event to formally introduce their product. After Apple began taking pre-orders on September 14, 2012, over two million were received within 24 hours. Initial demand for the iPhone exceeded the supply available at launch, and has been described by Apple as “extraordinary” with pre-orders having sold out twenty times faster than its predecessors. It is scheduled to begin shipping on September 21, 2012. 

Apple claims it is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with its official slogan as “The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.” 

The components and labor required to construct the most basic iPhone 5 is estimated to cost US$207, which is US$19 more than the cost of components for the corresponding iPhone 4S model. The 4G LTE module in the iPhone 5 alone costs $34, $10 more than the cellular module in the iPhone 4S. Similarly, screens used in the iPhone 5 costs $44, which is $7 more than the screen of its predecessor. Mashable, a Scottish-American news website and Internet news blog founded by Pete Cashmore, noted that the profit margin of selling each device is “huge” as the iPhone 5 retails for US$649. n n 

Subsequently, after the announcement of the device, a lack of supply of the iPhone 5 was evident. This was due to shortage of components such as the screen; reports emerged, stating that Sharp was unable to ship the screen before the debut of the iPhone 5 and other manufacturers reported that it was difficult to keep up with demand. As a result, the number of pre-orders rose due to the uncertainty of stock at retail stores and the delivery dates for pre-orders were postponed to dates that were after the initial release date of the divorce. 

China Labor Watch (“CLW”), a New York-based non-governmental organization founded by labor activist Li Qiang in October 2000, reported that “three to four thousand” Foxconn workers–“Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturing company headquartered in Tu Cheng, New Taipei, Taiwan–who work at iPhone 5 production plant in Zhengzhou, the capital and largest city of Henan province in north-central China, stopped working in October 5, 2012. Apple has imposed a stricter quality standard in their products, which include a 0.02mm restriction on indentations inflicted during production and demands related to scratches on frames and back cover. The strike occurred after the imposition of these new standards and the employer forcing employees to work in a public holiday.The report also stated training was inadequate for quality demands expected and led to employees producing products that did not meet standards. During the strike, conflicts between quality control inspectors and employees resulted in brawls, China Labor Watch also claim that concerns raised by inspectors were not addressed by factory management. Foxconn spokesman admitted to a problem, in the micromanagement, but he said that there were only 300 to 400 workers absent and the conflicts did not influence production processes at all. In November 2012, Foxconn chairman, Terry Gou, Taiwanese tycoon, reported that delay was due to undisclosed difficulties in assembly, The Register, a British technology news and opinion website, states that it has been previously suggested that iPhone 5s are getting turned back by quality control inspectors possibly due to the device being “physically scratched during production.

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SES powers expansion of GoGo in-flight broadband Internet from satellite services

Commercial airliners plying routes in the North Atlantic, Europe, and the United States will be able to tap in-flight Internet from satellite connectivity provided by a partnership between GoGo and SES.


A trio of SES satellites will expand the coverage of Gogo’s in-flight Internet from satellite services. SES-1 covers the continental United States, NSS-703 serves the North Atlantic, and SES-4 delivers bandwidth across Europe. In addition, GoGo will transition from the aging NSS-703 to the new SES-6 satellite halfway through 2014.

The mobility deal between GoGo and SES will provide passengers traversing some of the world’s busiest air routes with acces to Internet from satellite connectivity.

GoGo is currently expanding its coverage of America. It is also making inroads into Europe and the North Atlantic Region. SES will extend both the satellite broadband capacity and network support for its pla

GoGo will debut its SES-powered international Internet from satellite services on Delta Airlines aircraft during the first quarter of 2013.

Vivacom boosts Internet from satellite download speeds, bandwidth allowance

Vivacom announced an early Christmas gift for customers in remote areas of Bulgaria. The Bulgarian telecom company has boosted the download speeds and doubled the monthly bandwidth cap for its Internet from satellite services.

The Company is offering new satellite Internet broadband packages with download speeds of up to 18Mbps and monthly bandwidth caps that can reach up to 50GB. Prices will start at $25.75 per month.

The upgraded Internet from satellite services will be available across Bulgaria, including remote regions where the population cannot access traditional wired broadband or high-speed wireless connectivity.