One take-away from last week’s Global MilSatcom conference in London is that the satellite communications industry is giving government buyers more choices than they can handle.
As the military sometimes must operate in contested environments, they will need more resilient communications system to overcome any intentional interference.
Emirati satellite fleet operator Yahsat and Echostar’s Hughes Network Systems are seeking regulatory approval for a joint venture to offer ka-band broadband service in Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia.
Satellite communications providers are forming partnerships, making acquisitions and developing new business models in anticipation of new satellite constellations and surging demand for data links.
There are about 150 program managers who oversee satcom terminals across the Defense Department. It could take decades to upgrade up to 17,000 systems.
Study: The Pentagon needs to invest in a new mix of space constellations and information systems.
It’s time to allow trusted commercial operators to help government benefit from improved satellite operations
As we begin the New Year, commercial satellite providers have never had greater opportunities to support the U.S. Department of Defense’s ever-growing need for innovation in communications technology and service delivery.
Georgia-based company DataPath will be the U.S. Army’s new lead support for satcom field services, as well as supporting the Pentagon’s Combatant Commands, after winning a more-than $300 million contract, the company announced.
The NATO alliance is so far behind schedule in contracting for next-generation satellite communications capacity that it now must consider extending its current contract beyond the scheduled end in 2019, a senior NATO official said Nov. 10.
Satellite fleet operator Intelsat, which forced the U.S. Defense Department to scrap a September 2015 contract award to a competitor and conduct a new competition, on Feb. 11 filed a protest of the new request for bids.