M2M Modules based on 2G technologies continued to dominate shipments in 2012 with over 70 percent market share. As a result, module revenues did not break the $1 billion mark as hoped and the average module price continued to decline.
Astrium Americas announced that its subsidiary, Astrium Services Government Inc., will offer UAE-owned Yahsat Military Ka-Band service to the U.S. government. This service allows any U.S. government or Department of Defense end user to utilize Yahsat Military Ka-Band capacity that is compatible with the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation for greater global coverage and reliability.
Laser Services Inc. announces the promotion of three of its employees as a direct result of receiving a Workforce Training Grant in 2012. They were awarded the training grant last April to train employees in Lean Manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing techniques. As a result of this training, Laser Services has significantly improved a number of processes including scheduling, planning, tooling, and production.
LTE represents an opportunity for operators to increase revenue by pricing the new service at a premium. However, the successful LTE operators in the USA are not following that strategy: continued traffic growth from additional usage and multiple devices is encouraging users towards more expensive plans, which is resulting in consistently increasing ARPU.
Mercury Computer Systems Inc. announced that it has received a contract from a major defense prime contractor to provide high performance digital signal processing modules and software to facilitate a technology refresh for the prime’s airborne radar application. The Mercury solution and subsequent refresh will also protect the prime’s significant investment in software development across a range of products.
Newtec has successfully tested its new high speed Ka-Band technology for SES Broadband Services. The test was completed with next generation Ka-Band Sat3Play® terminals, which feature download speeds beyond 10 Mbps, and related hub infrastructure including a new high speed modem and outdoor unit.