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Cobham SATCOM is showcasing its state-of-the-art SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku satellite antenna at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017. As the lightest, most compact and technically advanced antenna system for bringing high-speed broadband to users at sea on global Ku-band VSAT networks, SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku has initiated a transformation of maritime satcom by making it possible for more yachts and luxury vessels to enjoy VSAT-based connectivity and voice calling.Previously the realm of commercial ships and large super-yachts, VSAT is viewed as the best performing and most cost efficient way to achieve broadband Internet connectivity at sea as it offers flexible data packages coupled with pay monthly fixed costs. It has traditionally required antennas one meter or larger to ensure satisfactory availability and quality of satellite service globally, so previously only very large yachts with the space and budget for these antennas could realistically enjoy its benefits. This changes now with the innovative SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku.With Cobham SATCOM bringing the latest in its 60 cm VSAT antenna portfolio to Fort Lauderdale, visitors can see the potential for even more yachts to join the VSAT revolution and enjoy stunning HD quality streaming TV, access social media and improve safety with digital applications all on high throughput Ku-band networks globally. The SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is designed to leverage powerful new High Throughput Satellite Services (HTS), such as Intelsat EpicNG, which enable smaller antennas to deliver high throughput service globally. With an unprecedented G/T of 15.9 dB/K the new SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is the most powerful 60 cm class antenna ever built and together with HTS, it can provide a stable, high throughput link to enable maritime broadband anywhere on the oceans.While performance is critical in order to enable VSAT for more users, Cobham SATCOM has also managed to lower the entry and overall lifecycle costs with its 60 cm antennas by i.e., allowing for streamlined installation. SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is designed for quick and cost-effective deployment and at just 35 kg, it can be carried on board, making it especially relevant for installations where no cranes or forklifts are available.Further innovations include the use of Dynamic Motor Brakes so the radome can stay on in shipping and no-power situations, and because it is a super-light solution, it is more cost-effective to ship. It also features Automatic Calibrations for the boat’s centre-line and antenna cables, saving time during installation and reducing errors.
Hero CPL Global TV Viewership grows by 44% to 134m in 2016The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are delighted to announce that the 2016 season was the tournament’s biggest yet, with over 134 million viewers tuning in globally to the biggest party in sport, representing a 44 percent increase from 2015.Cumulative audience figures have risen steadily year on year since the tournament’s inception from 36 million viewers (in 2013), to 66 million (2014), 93 million (2015) and now to 134 million (2016).Television figures from Sony SIX broadcast figures in India alone almost doubled from 44 million to 82 million, while there was also a significant rise in the United Kingdom arising from the partnership with broadcasters Dave / UK TV with audience figures growing from 548,000 (in 2015) to 2.5 million. The partnership with One World Sports in the USA, meanwhile, saw audience figures increase from 694,000 (2015) to 743,000.This year the Hero CPL also broke new ground by becoming the first professional cricket league to stage matches in mainland USA and matches were viewed across more lands than ever before, with One World Sports (USA), Sony SIX (India), Dave / UKTV (UK), Sky (New Zealand), Fox Sports (Australia), EcoNet / KweseTV (sub-Saharan Africa) and OSN (Middle East) all showcasing the CPL.With significant viewership increases across each of the key markets, a delighted Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the Hero CPL reflected: “Today is a proud day and further evidence of the rising international stature of the Hero CPL not just in the Americas, but across the UK, India, Middle East and beyond.“The release of these global viewership figures is a tremendous boost, not just for the game of cricket in the Caribbean, but for each of the local tourism boards and our loyal sponsors who invest so much in the development and marketing of the game.“The profile of West Indies cricket has never been higher and 2016 was a memorable year with the Men’s senior and Under-19 sides, as well as the Women’s team, enjoying international success in the first half of the year.
John Mensah is set to sign for Sunderland on a season’s long loan according to reports out of England.The Ghanaian defender has been deemed surplus to requirements at Olympique Lyon despite claims by his agent Fabian Pivetou to the contrary.And now the Sun newspaper says Steve Bruce who has attempted to sign Mensah when he was in charge at Wigan Athletic will clinch the defender on a loan deal with the option of a permanent contract if he impresses at the Stadium of Light.Mensah has spent just one season at Lyon after his 8 million Euro move from Stade Rennes which was marred by injuries and sending offs.The defender and his agent have insisted he still has a future at the Stade Gerland but Lyon president Jean Michael Aulas and coach Claude Puel have all said they will be willing to let him go.Source: Kickoff.com