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Latest Developments / Analysis

The February 2015  issue of  the  Satellite Executive Briefing magazine  sponsored by Comtech EF Data  is now available.  Featuring:

The Future of Satellites and Broadcasting  by Carlos Espinos

Back and Forth with SSPI Hall of Fame Inductee XT Vuong by Lou Zacharilla

Case Study: Satellites Helping to Assess Risk of Epidemics

ITU Telecom: Focus on the Future  by Roxana Dunnette

Executive Spotlight Interview with ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure

Connectivity, CABSAT and Cherry Blossoms by Martin Jarrold

plus Market Briefs, Executive Moves, Vital Statistics and Satellite Markets and Research 25TM Stock Index  and many more.  Click here to read or download the file

Tokyo, Japan, February 27, 2015--NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced a decision to acquire all shares in NEC TOSHIBA Space Systems Ltd. (NTSpace), a joint venture established in partnership with Toshiba Corporation in 2001. Shares are due to be acquired from Toshiba on March 31, 2015.

Market Trends

Paris,France, February 26, 2015 - According to Euroconsult's newly released research titled Prospects for the Small Satellite Market, a total of 510 small satellites, or smallsats (meaning nanosats, cubesats, microsats and minisats) are to be launched in the next five years, a two-third increase in the average number of smallsats per year versus that of the past decade. This total includes 14 constellations of different sizes and capabilities that represent a total of 140 satellites. 

New York City, February 24, 2015–The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today released Are We Winning the War for Talent? The 2015 International Satellite Industry Workforce Study.  It is the satellite industry's first multi-company, multinational study of workforce practices, employee compensation and engagement, and the make-up of the industry’s workforce.  The report, the first in a series, aims to share best practices in attracting and managing talented people, and to spark a management dialogue on collective actions to improve the industry’s performance.   

Executive Moves and Views

Englewood, Colo., February 23, 2015--DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Clayton will retire from his position effective March 31, 2015. Clayton, who is a 42-year veteran of the consumer electronics industry, leaves the post he assumed in June of 2011. Clayton’s retirement from the DISH Board of Directors also will be effective March 31. DISH Co-founder and Chairman Charles W. Ergen, who has previously served as DISH’s President and CEO, will succeed Clayton in those roles.

New York, NY, February 19, 2015--The World Teleport Association today announced that Jorge Luis Villarreal Schutz, CEO of Mexico-based Elara Comunicaciones, has been named as its 2015 Teleport Executive of the Year. Villarreal will be honored during WTA’s Teleport Awards for Excellence luncheon on March 17 during SATELLITE 2015. The Teleport Executive of the Year award is presented to an individual for demonstrated entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in the development or operation of a teleport-based business.

Products and Services

Montreal, Canada, February 26, 2015 – Advantech Wireless a global trusted leader for wireless broadband communications solutions for Commercial, Critical Infrastructure & Government and Military clients announced today the release of its new Satellite Modulator SBM75X, high data rate, for broadcast applications.

Yverdon-les-bains, Switrzerland, February 26, 2015--Intelsat S.A. (NYSE:  I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, and ITC Global, the leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, announced today that the companies will provide ground-to-ground satellite communication services to Solar Impulse during its first round-the-world solar flight.

Events

Long Beach, California, February 27, 2015--Once again Space Tech Conference will open its doors in Long Beach, California, to bring together the leading representatives of the military, government and commercial space sectors.  An unparalleled line-up of expert speakers at the three-day conference will showcase the breadth of innovation in the industry, and discuss issues and opportunities in solving the space sector’s most challenging problems.   

Washington, D.C., February 24, 2015--The major industry groups working towards interference mitigation have announced a number of workshops and meetings during the week of Satellite 2015 in Washington D.C.