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Gogo has eyes on Middle Eastern Airlines

Gogo is keen to establish its 2Ku inflight connectivity solution on more Middle Eastern Airlines following its purchase by satellite giant Intelsat.

Intelsat recently purchased the commercial aviation arm of inflight connectivity company Gogo in a deal worth $400 million.

This saw Intelsat taking over the operation of Gogo’s nine leading airlines with more than 3,000 connected aircraft.

By vertically aligning itself with a provider of inflight connectivity solutions to airlines, Intelsat said it hoped that it could grow its business further.

Dave Bijur, Gogo’s senior vice president of commercial, said: “Gogo’s acquisition by Intelsat brought great synergy for the companies.

“We are seeing above-average activity for inflight connectivity in the region. Airlines continue to buy new aircraft and these all have to be configured for inflight connectivity. There is also a big backlog of companies looking to equip or upgrade existing aircraft in their fleets.

“Airlines have simply been in survival mode in 2020,” Bijur said. “But we have continued to be very active in the Middle East and maintain a presence in Dubai with leadership for that region in London.

“There is a great march towards providing inflight connectivity as a free service,” he said. “There is free internet everywhere else we go. On the whole, airlines remain one of the last places where you still have to pay for internet access.

“One of our ideas is to approach telecommunications companies (telcos) about bringing internet access to the air. Our relationship with Intelsat gives us access to a great sales staff who have access to telcos around the world.

“That is certainly an area I wish to explore,” Bijur said.

Gogo 2Ku promises “15/98/98” performance. That is, 15+ Mbps per passenger with 98% coverage per global flight hour and 98% service availability.

The Gogo 2Ku system uses the innovative dual VICTS (Variably inclined continuous transverse stub-2) phased-array Ku-band antenna from ThinKom.

First unveiled at AIX in 2014, the antenna itself is only 4.5 inches tall (6.5 inches with the radome), which Gogo says reduces drag compared with other satellite solutions.

ThinKom says its antenna have proved their reliability over 7,000,000 flights with 100,000 hours mean time between failures (MTBF)

“2Ku is not only good in terms of throughout, but the antenna is really low profile, which makes a lot of sense in terms of reducing drag,” Bijur said.

“I think Intelsat is also keen to get 2Ku as a line-fit option on more new aircraft,” he said.

Qatar Airways became the first Middle Eastern airline to sign up for 2Ku when it announced a deal with Gogo for 70 aircraft at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. This was for an upgrade from the older, slower Inmarsat SwiftBroadband on its Boeing Dreamliners, both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants, as well as its Airbus A380s.

Qatar Airway’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker said in a press release: “Having access to the internet, and being connected and available is critical for passengers, and the demand for bandwidth will only increase. We are proud to be able to provide our customers with an excellent connectivity experience with Gogo 2Ku.”

Arabian Aerospace contacted Qatar Airways for an update on how this was progressing, but has so far got no response.

When asked if Gogo would now exclusively use Intelsat satellites for its services Bijur said no.

“We’ve signed deals with lots of providers around the world. Those deals came with us and there is a big benefit to using other providers to provide capacity just where it is needed,” Bijur concluded.

C-Com Manpack Antenna News

C-COM Receives $3.4 Million Manpack Antenna Order

C-COM Satellite Systems Inc., (TSXV: CMI and OTC: CYSNF) the world’s leading designer of commercial grade mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, announced today that it has received orders worth $3.4 Million USD for its iNetVu® Manpack (backpack) antenna systems. Several antenna systems have already been delivered. The balance of this order will be completed, and the associated revenue earned in the first quarter of C-COM’s 2021 fiscal year.

iNetVu® MP-100-MOT

This significant purchase of the iNetVu® MP-100-MOT marks the second largest order the company has received for this specific system since its introduction in 2019. The 3-axis, fully motorized one-case backpack (iNetVu® MP-Series) is a lightweight, fully automatic antenna system that can be assembled in minutes without any tools and is able to locate the desired satellite, in less than 30 seconds, with the simple press of a button. This particular Manpack order will be deployed for disaster management and cellular backhaul by a significant end-user.

“We are not surprised that the iNetVu® Manpack series of antennas is turning out to be a best-selling product for C-COM,” said Leslie Klein, President and CEO of C-COM. “The rapid confirmation in the market for our latest technological development – a single case, carbon fibre, auto-pointing backpack system that can be carried and operated by one person – is validated by large orders like these,” Klein continued. “The Company continues to innovate and modernize the mobile SATCOM business by offering the highest quality products coupled with the best customer support available in the market today,” Klein added.

C-COM offers classic and next generation Driveaway, Flyaway, Fixed Motorized, and Manpack systems for any vertical market where communications are challenging due to disruption or deficiency. The Company’s products are integrated with all major modem manufacturers and approved world-wide with most major satellite operators. The company works closely with more than 500 active resellers / integrators in over 100 countries. C-COM is also collaborating with a renowned research team at the University of Waterloo on the development of an electronically steerable, Ka-band flat panel antenna system that is based on a patented phased array beam forming technology. This system has the potential to revolutionize satellite addressable mobility markets (land, air, maritime).


Advantech Wireless Technologies Releases New Line of Ka-Band Solid State Power Amplifiers and BUCs for LEO/MEO Satellites

Advantech Wireless Technologies Releases New Line of Ka-Band Solid State Power Amplifiers and BUCs for LEO/MEO Satellites

Advantech Wireless Technologies Releases New Line of Ka-Band Solid State Power Amplifiers and BUCs for LEO/MEO satellite up-link applications. The new state-of-the-art Dual Band Ka Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) and Block Up Converters (BUCs) from Advantech Wireless Technologies are specifically engineered for LEO/MEO ground station applications.

Based on Advantech’s proprietary technology, this new series of amplifiers delivers features that are sure to have a beneficial impact on both Cap-X and Op-X budgets and provide the highest availability through high MTBF and low MTTR.

These features include: Field serviceability, Low sparing costs and Component-level diagnostics.

Designed to serve as a solid state alternative to traditional tube based (TWT) technologies typically used in gateway earth stations. For communications purposes, all of the system elements communicate over Advantech’s new MicroManager (M²) M&C platform based on the latest open CANBus protocol. Suitable for hubmount and well as any mobile application such as military mobile or SNG. For more information click here


Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Contract Renewal with Telefonica Digital

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL), a world leader in secure and highly reliable location, public safety, navigation, and communication technologies, announced today its Location Technologies group, a division of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, has finalized a contract renewal for location-based services with Telefonica Digital, a Madrid-based research and development company.

Telefonica Digital uses Comtech Location Technologies’ global location services solution for their machine-to-machine communication requirements and customer use cases.

“We are pleased to continue working with this innovative customer who has leveraged Comtech’s location technology to implement several dynamic applications that have contributed to the success of their company,” said Fred Kornberg, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. “Our strong customer relationships help us understand their business challenges and enable the right solutions to be deployed.”

The Location Technologies group of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. is a leading provider of precise device location, mapping and messaging solutions for public safety, mobile network operators, and enterprise solutions. Sold around the world to mobile network operators, government agencies, and Fortune 100 enterprises, our platforms locate, map, track and message. For more information, visit

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.

Terrasat IBUC G IBC 2017

Terrasat Announces Triple Product Launch of Revolutionary IBUC Gs at IBC 2017

Terrasat, the leading developer of innovative RF solutions for satellite communications systems, has announced that it will be showcasing three new products at IBC 2017.

The models expand Terrasat’s higher power, GaN IBUC G family and include the enhanced 200W+ and the new, “best in class” 300W and 400W Ku-band products. The new IBUCs, developed in line with customer demand, will help to drive cost efficiency yet increase performance, especially in the broadcast and enterprise market, such as oil and gas. The IBUC Gs are also highly suitable for use in hubs and gateways that feature extensively in satellite ground networks.

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