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Latest Developments / Analysis

The January-February 2017  issue of  the  Satellite Executive Briefing magazine  sponsored by Comtech EF Data  is now available.  Featuring:

Update on the Latin American Market  by Bernardo Schneiderman

Company Spotlight on Newtec by Elisabeth Tweedie

How Satellite Wins in an OTT World  by Roger Franklin

Back and Forth: You Own this Court by Lou Zacharilla

'AeroConnect' Mobility  by Martin Jarrold

Show Reports on Interbee 2016 by Naoakira Kamiya and NAB Show Shanghai by Virgil Labrador

plus Executive Moves, Market Briefs, and many more.  Click here to read or download the file

Petah Tikva, Israel,February 14, 2017–Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a provider of satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today reported its results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. Revenues for Q4 2016 increased 19% to $80.3 million from $67.7 million in Q4 2015.

Market Trends

London, UK, February 7, 2017--Pay TV revenues for the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa covered in the new edition of the Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report will reach US$ 4 billion in 2021 – down from $5 billion forecast in the last edition. 

London, UK, February 1, 2017--Digital TV Research released today a  report on "Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts.'  The report forecasts that legitimate pay TV revenues will reach $4.12 billion for 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa by 2022, up by 17% from $3.52 billion in 2016. Five countries will contribute more than three-quarters of the region’s pay TV revenues in 2022. 

Executive Moves and Views

Paris, France, Feb 15, 2017— Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has announced the appointment of Sylvain Merle to the post of CTO, effective immediately. Sylvain assumes overall responsibility in ensuring that the company’s technical and economic approach with clients is aligned with the latest industry developments.

 

Nonthaburi, Thailand,  February 6, 2017– Satellite operator Thaicom today announced the appointment of satellite industry veteran Dr. Supoj Chinveeraphan as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Among Dr. Chinveeraphan’s responsibilities will be leading the growth of Thaicom as an Asian brand, inclusive of marketplace strategy, market positioning, partnerships, and operations.

 

Products and Services

Madrid, Spain, February 16, 2017--HISPASAT, together with other Spanish companies, has developed a satellite-based mobile connection solution used for PlayRenfe, the new Wi-Fi connectivity, content and services platform on-board Renfe's AVE high-speed trains, awarded to Telefónica in November 2015. This solution, developed by Spanish companies, is the only one that has all of the certifications required by train manufacturers, operators and authorities.

Santa Clara, Calif. February 15, 2017-- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that during its second quarter of fiscal 2017, its Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology Inc., which is part of Comtech's Commercial Solutions segment, has received US$ 2.5 million in orders to supply an array of solid-state high-power amplifiers to a military integrator. The orders included C-band, X-band and Ku-band SSPA products for use in highly mobile satellite communications (SATCOM) systems providing voice, data, video conferencing, internet and high resolution video connectivity for military forces deployed world-wide. Comtech Xicom's SSPA products feature robust designs ensuring highly efficient and reliable operation in challenging global environments.

Events

Washington, D.C., February 1, 2017-- Award-winning actress and producer America Ferrera will receive the NAB Television Chairman’s Award during the NAB Show Television Luncheon. The luncheon will be held Monday, April 24 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

Singapore, December 6, 2016 –BroadcastAsia’s relocation to Suntec Singapore will see the event housed on expanded purpose-built exhibition grounds spanning 20,000 square metres across three levels from 23 – 25 May 2017. The extremely popular TV Everywhere! Zone, back for its third showing, is expected to grow by 50 per cent and act as a major focal point of BroadcastAsia2017. Brand new clusters for drones and virtual reality will also make their debut, rounding up the event’s immersive showcase of game-changing products for next-generation broadcasting and the latest end-to-end solutions needed to stay ahead of the curve.