Satellite communications company Inmarsat PLC plans to offer basic tracking services free of charge to airlines, its chairman said, in the strongest sign yet of the aerospace industry’s intentions to enhance monitoring abilities for commercial jets after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
SES Broadband Services (SBBS) and Gilat Expand Consumer Ka-Band Services to Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E Satellite
Luxembourg / Israel, April 16, 2014 - SES Broadband Services and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT) today announced the expansion of consumer Ka-band services to Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite.
SBBS’s ISPs have recently started offering the satellite broadband service on Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform, providing up to 20 Mbit/s and Voice-over-IP services to private households and small businesses across Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite. The ASTRA 2E satellite, which entered into the commercial service in the orbital arc of 28.2 degrees East on February 1, 2014, enables the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“We are continuously enhancing our service offerings by providing satellite internet services across Europe at speeds comparable to standard terrestrial and terrestrial wireless networks such as DSL, cable, and LTE technologies,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SBBS. “Gilat’s advanced VSAT technology, featuring high data rates and cost effective terminal technology, allows us to further optimize our service proposition for the end-consumer market and to increase the competitive advantage of our satellite-based Internet service Astra Connect.”
“Together with SBBS, we continue the expansion of broadband services across Europe with the ASTRA 2E satellite over Germany and Italy using Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform,” said Erez Antebi, Gilat’s CEO. “Gilat’s innovative technology helped to set a new price performance level in the consumer and Small Office/ Home Office (SoHo) market. We look forward to continuing to work with SBBS in further expansions in Europe, Middle East and Africa.”
Titan Aerospace has been snapped up by Google. Titan creates “atmospheric satellites,” solar-powered drones that can fly for five years without landing.
Google says the Titan team will be headed to Project Loon, Google’s balloon-based Internet project. Loon also uses solar-powered drones in the form of balloons instead of airplanes, so the two teams seem like a good match.
Before the acquisition, the Titan Aerospace’s drone Internet project expected to hit “initial commercial operations” in 2015. By using specialty communications equipment, the company claimed it could get Internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second.