NSSLGlobal and Telesat form strategic co-operation agreement for Telesat Lightspeed LEO network

NSSLGlobal, an independent service provider of satellite communications to the government and maritime industry and Telesat, one of the innovative satellite operators, have signed a long-term strategic co-operation agreement.

The aim is to collaborate on the commercial and technical aspects of Telesat’s new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation, Telesat Lightspeed, initially consisting of a global mesh network of 298 state-of the-art LEO satellites that are seamlessly integrated with on-ground data networks.

Telesat Lightspeed will be the advanced LEO network, optimised to serve the critical connectivity requirements of enterprise, government and mobility customers.

The agreement will include the integration of Telesat Lightspeed services into NSSLGlobal’s value-added network, providing an expanded service portfolio that delivers increased performance, flexibility and resiliency for customers.

As a key commercial launch partner, NSSLGlobal will provide a European end-user testing and trials facility for Telesat Lightspeed services at its UK Headquarters. From this facility, NSSLGlobal will support Telesat with service testing, performance validation and customer onboarding to the Telesat Lightspeed network, and also conduct field testing of user terminals from a range of providers. NSSLGlobal intends to market Telesat Lightspeed services into the European Defence and Maritime markets.

Sally-Anne Ray, group CEO NSSLGlobal, says, “We have been working in close cooperation with Telesat for many years and on Telesat Lightspeed since 2019, including live demonstrations for key customers, and we are delighted to formally expand our partnership. Telesat Lightspeed will be a game-changer for our long-standing customers who demand the most reliable, cutting-edge technologies on the market.

It is the only LEO satellite constellation offering that has been specifically designed first and foremost for mobility customers on land, sea and air. As cloud-based services become ever more prevalent within our customers network, it is vital that we are able to support these latency-sensitive applications whilst continuing to guarantee our government and maritime customers the highest levels of security, support and the value-added services that they have come to expect from NSSLGlobal.”

“The Telesat Lightspeed network will deliver the global, secure, resilient, and low-latency connectivity that NSSLGlobal’s blue-chip maritime and government customers demand for their next-generation applications,” says Tom Eaton, Telesat’s vice president of international sales. “With NSSLGlobal’s customer-centric service approach, we’re honoured to expand our long-standing partnership to jointly bring unrivalled capabilities and cost economics to the market.”

NSSLGlobal is ready to demonstrate the capability supported by Telesat at its UK Headquarters to customers wishing to see how Telesat Lightspeed can transform satellite connectivity.

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Mining company Katanga awards Speedcast with multi-year connectivity contract

Speedcast, a communications and IT services provider, announced that the company has been selected by Mining Company Katanga for a three-year contract to deliver satellite connectivity services to its headquarters and a major mine complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mining Company Katanga is a Congolese mining contractor based in Lubumbashi. Internet connectivity is critical

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Renesas change executive personnel following Dialog Semiconductor integration

Following the news that Renesas’ acquisition of the entire issued (and to be issued) share capital of Dialog Semiconductor Plc is now complete, Renesas Electronics Corporation has changed its executive officers and re-assigned automotive solution business functions. 

According to the company, these changes will take effect on October 1st, 2021, to take advantage of the synergies resulting from the combination of Renesas’ and Dialog’s strengths.

Outline of the change in executive officers

Tomomitsu Maoka

Tomomitsu Maoka is retiring as senior vice president, deputy general manager of automotive solution business unit as of September 30, 2021.

Upon the completion of the Dialog acquisition, Vivek Bhan has joined Renesas’ leadership team as senior vice president effective August 31, 2021. Formerly as Dialog’s senior vice president and general manager, Vivek led the custom mixed signal (CMS). He will continue to be responsible for the CMS business as a member of Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit.

Subsequent to the retirement of Tomomitsu Maoka, Vivek will then assume the new role of senior vice president & deputy general manager of automotive solution business unit effective October 1, 2021, replacing Tomomitsu Maoka. Vivek and Tomomitsu will work together during September to ensure a smooth transition.  See the attachment for Vivek’s biography.

Reassignment of automotive solution business functions

In accordance with the above changes, the functions of the Automotive Solution Business will be re-assigned effective October 1, 2021. The Automotive Solution Business Unit will comprise Sales, Automotive Business Management and Automotive New Business Creation functions and the following two core product businesses led by Takeshi Kataoka and Vivek Bhan.

  • Digital product business: Reports directly to Takeshi Kataoka, senior vice president, general manager of automotive solution business unit
  • A&P product business: Reports directly to Vivek Bhan

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Boost Warehouse Efficiency with Chainway C66 Handheld Computer

(Sponsored News) Uly Dala is a large chain store in Kazakhstan. As the business grows, Uly Dala has opened one of the largest Uly Dala stores in the city of Jezkazgan, selling more than 20,000 items on the opening day. In order to achieve high-performance store operation and management and provide customers with a superior shopping experience, Uly Dala decided to deploy smart data acquisition terminals for intelligent goods management of their warehouses.


  1. The warehouses of shopping malls had a wide variety of goods. The efficiency of manual identification and record was low. It was not possible to effectively monitor the arrangement of goods on shelves, shelving, and inventory putaway and retrieval.
  2. It was not possible to monitor the stock and consumption of goods in each warehouse in real time, thus scheduling to refill in a timely manner.
  3. Real-time recording and tracking of goods movement could not be achieved. The entire goods movement from suppliers to end-users could not be effectively monitored. So, the records could not be reviewed later.


With the barcode identification technology introduced by Chainway C66 Handheld Computer, Uly Dala has achieved intelligent warehouse operation such as identification of goods being moved in and out of warehouse and identification, monitoring and tracking of shelved goods.  The equipment has also been used to manage selling prices and audit expiry dates.  An efficient, real-time and smart stock management has been attained.

The key activities during the entire process, from suppliers, warehouses through to the delivery to order, and the coordination among warehouses, for every single batch of goods, have been recorded in real time and uploaded to backend management system.  The management has been able to monitor the goods movement in real time, audit historical records and perform data analysis.


  1. The application of C66 barcode technology has enabled the management to obtain the goods information in no time while the goods were being moved in or out of the warehouses and put on shelf by simply scanning the barcodes on the packages. The information was uploaded to the backend simultaneously.  This application has saved a lot of working hours and improved efficiency.
  2. The stock and consumption data in each warehouse has become available in real time in the backend. This has facilitated the management of replenishment, dispatches from the closest warehouses, and optimization of stock allocation.
  3. Managers have been able to monitor real-time dynamic information of goods via the backend management system, and file digital records. The records could be reviewed in the future and used for data analysis.

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Renesas completes acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Dialog Semiconductor Plc, a provider of battery and power management, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low energy and Industrial edge computing solutions, announced the successful completion of Renesas’ acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Dialog.

Renesas will fund the cash consideration payable to Dialog shareholders of approximately €4.8 billion through a combination of debt, cash on hand and the proceeds of an equity offering of approximately ¥222.6 billion (€1.71 billion).

“It Represents an important milestone for Renesas. This transaction builds on our long-term strategy to offer a complete set of solutions with more leading-edge analogue and mixed signal products that deliver value and innovation to the customers,” says Hidetoshi Shibata, president & CEO of Renesas.

“We are excited to welcome the talented team of Dialog employees, as well as the customers and suppliers of Dialog to the Renesas community. The combination augments engineering scale and delivers a diversified product portfolio across multiple, attractive end markets. Together, we are positioned to capitalise on an array of growing opportunities including the IoT, industrial, and automotive fields.”

The closing of the acquisition of Dialog, following the landmark acquisitions of Intersil and IDT, reinforces Renesas as one of the premier embedded solution provider. Renesas will expand its market presence with an even broader range of product portfolio by combining Dialog’s low-power mixed signal products, low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity expertise, flash memory, battery and power management as well as its long-standing experience and in-depth knowledge in providing configurable mixed-signal (CMIC) solutions and more.

The acquisition will also enable Renesas to further extend its go-to-market initiatives and provide seamless and borderless services to customers across the globe. As an immediate benefit to customers, Renesas and Dialog have launched more than 35 “Winning Combinations,” compelling product combinations of “Embedded Computing + Analog + Power + Connectivity” that lever the comprehensive engineering advantages the combined company provides. To learn more about the Renesas and Dialog Winning Combinations, visit here.

Renesas anticipates incremental revenue growth of approximately USD 200 million (€169.10 million) (non-GAAP operating income, approximately ¥21.0 billion (€0.16 billion) from cross-selling and offering winning combinations. The combined company also expects cost savings from operational efficiencies to result in a financial impact of approximately USD 125  million (€105.69 million)(non-GAAP operating income per year on a run rate basis targeting to achieve in three years after close, approximately ¥13.1 billion (€0.10 billion)). Renesas expects the acquisition to be accretive to Renesas’ EBITDA and gross and operating margins (in each case, on a non-GAAP basis) after closing, consistent with prior guidance.

With the transaction now closed, Dialog became a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas. About 2,300 Dialog employees have joined Renesas Group, and the two companies will work together to integrate both businesses.

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Press brake provider opts for NSK high-load ball screws

Following success with previous-generation machines, a manufacturer of press brakes is once again specifying high-quality NSK ball screws for its latest electric model. The company is using the NSK HTF-SRC high-speed, high-load ball screw with A1 seal for its new machine, which with 80 tonnes of press force is the most powerful in the range.

As with previous electric press brake models, the force will be carried by two HTF-SRC ball screws in tandem configuration, with independent electronic control of each axis. Thanks to the design of HTF series ball screws and NSK’s technical knowledge, the solution can withstand large forces while retaining a compact shaft diametre smaller than ball screws from other manufacturers – to help OEMs minimise machine size.

Such is the customer’s confidence regarding the performance of NSK ball screws that its first order was for a full production batch, rather than prototype quantities.

NSK’s HTF-SRC ball screws offer numerous benefits to OEMs and end users, including super-high dynamic load, high speed, low noise and extended operating life thanks to proper load distribution.

The press-brake manufacturer has been using NSK HTF series ball screws since 2017, when it produced its first electric machine. Originally, the decision to select NSK was based on the company’s globally recognised leadership in high-load ball screws. Since then, the press brake manufacturer has seen first-hand the product quality and performance of these ball screws, leading to retained supplier status for the new 80-tonne electric model.

Compared with hydraulic press brakes, electric machines offer low maintenance thanks to automatic lubrication, low power consumption, low noise and shorter cycle times. The press brake manufacturer’s sales force also refer to the use of NSK ball screws as another key selling point to customers.

Further information about NSK’s HTF series ball screws is available here.

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How Twilio’s Distributed IoT Mobile Core powered contactless access during the pandemic

With half of US renters in 2019 under the age of 30, it’s no surprise the demand for smart technology is on the rise. Surveys show these renters will pay more for smart apartments, electronic access and other digital amenities. The IoT mobile core is effectively the brain of a network. What is a IoT

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IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide Which IoT Platform 2021?

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

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