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- SATELLITE - INTELSAT Launches New Broadband VSAT Service (July 10)
- In a Press Release issued today INTELSAT announced it was launching a new Broadband VSAT service. The new service provides bandwidth-on-demand supporting a variety of network topologies, including virtual private networks, star, mesh, and hybrid solutions. Applications include WAN/LAN interconnections, video-conferencing, multicasting, tele-education, tele-medicine, and thin route Internet backbone access. Virtual circuit-balanced connection data rates range from 64 kbps to 4 Mbps. The Broadband VSAT Service is based on COMSAT Laboratories' LINKWAY(tm) platform.
John Stanton, INTELSAT Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said, "Broadband VSAT is now available to our customers in the Americas, Europe and Africa, via INTELSAT's high-powered 801 satellite located at 328.5 degrees East. Within the next year, we will be rolling out the service on three other satellites to provide near-global coverage." Check the Press Release for the expected service dates in other regions.
- FCC Grants PanAmSat Request to Launch Replacement for Ailing PAS-9 (July 6)
- The FCC, in Order and Authorization (DA001489) granted PanAmSat Corporation authority to launch and operate PAS-23 at the 58 degree West Longitude orbit location. PAS-23 will replace PAS-9, which is currently at that location. PanAmSat requested the replacement because, according to PanAmSat, the battery cells in PAS-9 are defective. The cells are used to provide power to the payload and spacecraft operations during eclipse. PanAmSat said that as a result it has had to take a number of the transponders on PAS-9 out of service. The replacement satellite, PAS-23, is scheduled for launch in July 2000. It will transmit in the 11.45-12.2 GHz and 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency bands, providing video, audio and data services to satellites users in North, South, and Central America.
More information is available in Order and Authorization (DA001489).
- SATELLITE - Harvey Mudd College Develops Portable Meter to Measure Digital Signal Quality & Amplitude (July 5)
- Harvey Mudd College (HMC) and a team of students in its innovative Clinic Program were asked by DIRECTV to develop a portable meter that a service technician could use to measure both digital signal quality and amplitude. In less than a year, the team produced a working prototype of a hand-held digital signal meter. DIRECTV was pleased with the results. Dave Kuether, an engineer at DIRECTV, said, "The HMC project's outcome was better than we had expected. A couple of meter manufacturers have committed manpower and resources to developing the meter based upon the HMC design. One manufacturer is planning to start production this year. We received a lot of positive feedback from the installers when they saw the pre-production prototype."
A Harvey Mudd College Press Release said the meter will be priced to be affordable to professional satellite installers. Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California is a coeducational institution of engineering, science and mathematics that aims to graduate engineers and scientists sensitive to the impact of their work on society. More information on Harvey Mudd College is available at www.hmc.edu.
- FCC Grants Move of NTSC Ch. 34 and DTV Ch. 32 from Lake Havasu City, AZ to Laughlin NV (June 30)
- The FCC has granted a petition by Mojave Broadcasting Company (Mojave), permittee television station KMCC, Channel 34, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona to reallocate that channel and the associated DTV channel 32 to Laughlin, Nevada. This would be the first local television service in Laughlin.
The details of this grant are complicated, as the proposed reallotment would remove the only television channel alloted to Lake Havasu City. However, the FCC noted, since the station had not begun broadcasting at Lake Havasu City the reallotment would not represent a loss of service to the community. Mojave demonstrated its proposed reallotment to Laughlin would provide service to a greater service area and population than could be accomplished with the facility authorized for Lake Havasu City. FCC staff reviewed the engineering and found that due to power limitations at its authorized site (no commercial electric power), station KMCC would have provided Grade B service to approximately 51,274 persons in an area of 10,193 square kilometers. At the Laughlin site, KMCC could provide predicted Grade B service to 98,078 people in an area of 10,873 square kilometers.
The technical specifications for the channel 32 DTV allotment at Laughlin specify an ERP of 150 kW and a HAAT of 29 meters. Additional information on the grant can be found in FCC Report and Order, MM Docket 99-114 (DA001448).
- OTHER Items of Interest
- Andrew Corporation Announces New Low-Cost Parabolic Dish Antennas and the ISM Protector - press release - PD series antennas cover 1.9 - 5.8 GHz and feature T-shaped dipole feed. In-line ISM Protector provides bandpass filtering and path to ground for lightning-induced surge pulses.
- Comtech Telecommunications Completes Acquisition of EFData from Adaptive Broadband - press release - Chairman, President and CEO of Comtech Telecommunications Fred Kornberg said, "EFData is a natural extension of our Comtech Communications' business. Joining complementary capabilities gives the enterprise a strong platform from which to bring innovative products to the telecom market, particularly in the modem, frequency converter and transceiver areas."
- Gentner Begins Shipping Lynx Software for GSC3000 Remote Control - press release - The software, available on new products or as an upgrade to current users, features improved functionality and performance. Also see Gentner Remote Control Products.
- Harris Finalizes Acquistion of Lucent Technologies' Point-to-Point Microwave Business - press release - Harris Communication managing director Michael Guay says, "This acquisition makes Harris a much more prominent player in Europe's high-stakes communications marketplace."
- Acrodyne Expands Technical Operations - Names Two Vice Presidents of Engineering - press release - Andrew Whiteside named VP, Engineering and Raymond Kiesel named VP, Research and Development.
- A. Robert Mancuso resigns as President/CEO of Acrodyne, Nat Ostroff, Chairman, to assume duties - press release - Ostroff founded Acrodyne Industries, Inc. in 1968 and was its first President.
- TWICE article - ATSC Moves to Enhance 8VSB Specs - story by Greg Tarr covers ATSC work and CEA comments on NAB and MSTV testing of VSB and COFDM formats.
- EE Times article - Pioneer says algorithm enables indoor DTV reception - story by Yoshiko Hara; details to be released at IEEE Broadcast Symposium starting Sept. 27.
- EE Times article - RF design, modeling tools grab MTT-S spotlight - story by Stephan Ohr
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