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NXTDIGITAL, Thaicom partnership

NXTDIGITAL (NDL) and Thaicom have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a strategic partnership to enter the Broadband-over-satellite market and related services in India. The MOU envisages a partnership that includes deployment of BoS systems on India-focused capacity, which could be deployed on future additional capacity on state-of-art software-defined high throughput satellite […]

May 31, 2022

Satellite dispute helps Thaicom

Thaicom’s 30-year concession to operate the nation’s satellites ended last September. The Thai government took two satellites – half the fleet – back on September 10th 2021. The consequences are now clear. The Thai Ministry for Digital Economy and Society (MDE) had hoped to find someone prepared to stump up the government’s fees for using […]

May 10, 2022

Thaicom signs cloud infrastructure deal with AWS

Thaicom, the Asian satellite operator, has signed an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), to create, transform, and deliver Thaicom digital content. Under the agreement, Thaicom and AWS will collaborate on building and deploying Thaicom’s first cloud-based satellite TV broadcast distribution platform for Asia Pacific. The broadcast platform will consist of cloud services providing software-defined […]

March 31, 2022

Thaicom, Globalstar LEO partnership

Thaicom, the Asian leading satellite operator, has announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Globalstar, a global LEO satellite operator and provider of satellite IoT solutions and mobile satellite services, to collaborate on the establishment and operation of Globalstar’s low-earth orbit satellite (LEO) ground facilities in Thailand and regional commercial service deployment, with a […]

March 28, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES takes #1 WTA spot

The World Teleport Association (WTA) has revealed its annual rankings for Top teleport Operator of 2021. SES, headquartered in Luxembourg but with other important teleports in Europe and the US, takes the Number 1 spot. WTA says its annual rankings of companies by revenue and revenue growth are compiled by surveying teleport operators around the […]

February 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Thailand awards satellites to National Telecom

The auction of new satellite licences was designed to generate millions for Thailand’s finance ministry, but the planned auction was scrapped after the only bidder was incumbent Thaicom via a subsidiary. The country’s Digital Economy & Society Ministry (DES) has awarded the licences from the abandoned auction of Thaicom 4 and Thaicom 6 satellites to […]

September 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thailand fails to find more satellite bidders

Thailand’s attempt to encourage more bidders for the nation’s orbital satellite slots has failed. TC Space Connect, a subsidiary of existing incumbent Thaicom, is again the sole bidder. National Telecom (NT) has not proceeded with a bid. The official auction is due to be held on August 28th. The existing satellite concession for Thaicom ends […]

August 17, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thaicom only bidder for Thailand orbital slots

The only business to enter a bid for Thailand’s orbital slot auction is sitting tenant Thaicom. An auction, organised by the nation’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has seen zero interest from other suitors. NBTC, in something of a last-ditch effort, has set August 28th as a new deadline for bids to be entered. […]

August 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

Thailand: National Telecom will not bid for satellite licence

Thailand’s National Telecom will not be bidding for a satellite licence. Instead, the company will focus on 5G. National Telecom, itself a recent merger between two Thai major businesses, TOT (Telecom Organisation of Thailand) and CAT (Communications Authority of Thailand) which took place in January and still control much of the terrestrial communications in the […]

July 20, 2021By Chris Forrester

Measat-3 satellite lost?

Malaysia’s Measat-3 satellite is believed to be a total loss and is drifting in an uncontrolled orbit through the geostationary arc. It might now be a ‘zombie satellite’ and start causing problems for other satellites in its path. Its nominal position was at 91.5 degrees East. It is already at 86.4 degrees East on July […]

July 15, 2021By Chris Forrester