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Last August 6 to 10, the Pacific Endeavor workshop in Singapore was the place to be for a satellite communications training courtesy of Intelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite communications companies. Pacific Endeavor is one of the largest events for both government and private organizations involved in the communications industry.
This year’s event was keen on focusing on satellite communications, especially since Asia has remained as the most competitive region for the industry. Together with the Intelsat, the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) hosted a workshop for 21-25 students from Asia-Pacific regarding the installation and maintenance of VSAT systems. The bandwidth used for one of the workshop’s activity of installing antennas was from the Intelsat 22 satellite.
According to Intelsat’s Terry Bleakly, “There are now more satellites in orbit and more ground terminals in use than ever before, and this makes for a challenging radio frequency environment. It is only through industry partnerships and workshops like Pacific Endeavor that we can ensure reliable communications services continue to be available to all users around the world.”
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