The U.S. military is leasing bandwidth aboard a Chinese-owned satellite for communications services in Africa, raising eyebrows in Congress and leading the Pentagon to review its procedures for vetting similar arrangements.
ViaSat signed four new contracts for Ku-band satellite bandwidth, boosting the capacity of its global mobile broadband network by 60 percent.
PARIS — The European Defence Agency (EDA) on July 6 announced that five of its member nations have agreed to pool their demand for commercial satellite communications bandwidth in hopes of securing better prices.
PARIS — Satellite services provider Telespazio will furnish more than 350 megahertz of satellite bandwidth — equivalent to nine satellite transponders — to sister company DRS Defense Solutions for use by the U.S. Department of Defense under a one-year, $22 million contract, Telespazio announced.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense’s commercial satellite services costs have risen significantly in the last eight years, but Pentagon officials expect a new bandwidth purchasing vehicle to increase competition and lower prices in the future, according to a new report by a congressional watchdog agency.
Communications infrastructure and services provider Arqiva of Britain notes a trend in which it and companies like it are “banging into the satellite operators competitively as the operators move from wholesaling to retailing” of satellite bandwidth, Arqiva Managing Director Steve Holebrook said.
Amos satellite fleet operator Spacecom of Tel Aviv, Israel, said Sept. 12 that it signed a long-term contract with Magyar Telekom to supply Hungarian direct-to-home (DTH) television broadcaster with more bandwidth. The agreement is worth up to $7 million and increases the total value of Magyar Telekom’s expansion with Amos this year to $14 million.