Chief of the General Staff introducing defence reforms to the military service members personally
Chief of the General Staff of the GAF Brigadier General Vladimer Chachibaia held the first meeting with the military personnel in West Georgia. When visiting III Infantry Brigade, Chief of the GS familiarized the military service members with ongoing defence transformation process and underlined that optimization mainly refers to the civil personnel in the GAF. According to Brigadier General, 67 % of the budget falls on salaries and administrative expenses. After the optimization this indicator will change and the free surplus expenses will be directed towards strengthening the military potential. The main goal of the reforms is to promote enhancement of defence capabilities of the Georgian army.
III Infantry Brigade Commander LTC Ronald Kiknavelidze informed Brigadier General about the ongoing activities in the Brigade.
Chief of the GS, after completing the visit in Kutaisi, made tour of the 31st Battalion of III Infantry Brigade in Batumi.
With the purpose of introducing ongoing transformation process in the GAF, Chief of Defence will visit all the military units of West Command and will hold meetings with their leadership.
Statement of the State Security Service of Georgia
In relation to the information disseminated via mass media, we would like to inform you, that the Counterterrorism Center of the State Security Service detained a citizen of the Russian Federation on charges of purchase and storage of forged documents envisaged by article 362, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
The accused individual – V.B. has been detained in the framework of an investigation of a criminal case launched into the fact of preparation of murder by contract, which has been carried out by the State Security Service on the basis of respective operational information.
Throughout the process of investigation of the mentioned criminal case, in order to obtain evidence and attach it to the case in line with criminal procedure, on the basis of judge’s orders, numerous overt and covert investigative activities have been carried out; furthermore, operational control over V.B and his contacts have been continuously underway, due to which, a crime committed by V.B., in particular, the fact of purchase and usage of the forged documents by V.B. has been outlined. On the basis of authentic and consolidated evidence obtained by the investigation, the investigative authority took a decision to detain V.B., as a result of which the exposed individual on the one hand has been brought to justice and at the same time a graver crime has been prevented.
It is worth mentioning that intensive investigative activities are ongoing into the case on the very stage, numerous forensic examinations are scheduled, additional information is requested within the framework of international cooperation, through Interpol channels, witnesses are being interviewed.
On the basis of the above-mentioned, State Security Service of Georgia calls on every person, including a party of the criminal case, refrain from disseminating of any clarified or unclarified information so that the investigation is not obstructed, dissemination of significant and/or fake information is prevented, that eventually will damage a major public interest – to establish an objective truth in relation to the case.
Press release of the State Security Service
Statement of the State Security Service of Georgia
"Foreign media has released the photos of cartridges of firearms, used in the course of a terrorist attack that took place in New Zealand. Symbols and inscriptions in various languages, including Georgian are inscribed on them. The State Security Service of Georgia has already established cooperation with the strategic partners, in order to receive information on the individuals detained, as well as the weapons seized in the course of the terrorist attack.
The State Security Service of Georgia expresses its condolences to the people of New Zealand over a terrorist attack," reads the statement.
The attacks in two mosques of New Zealand has killed at least 40. Four people are believed to be in custody, including three men and one woman. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said they were not on terror watch lists. Daily Mail has released photos, one of which shows the shooter's weapons marked with the names of other people who, according to the edition, have carried out attacks. The names are written in various languages, including Georgian. In particular, the weapons are marked in Georgian with the names of Davit Aghmashenebeli and Davit Soslani.
SES-15 Enters Commercial Service to Serve the Americas
SES’s first GEO satellite with wide beams and high throughput capability will provide connectivity to airlines and help improve GPS
Luxembourg, 15 January 2018 – SES announced today that the new SES-15 spacecraft has been operational at the 129 degrees West orbital position since 1 January. As planned, the all-electric satellite took six months to reach its orbital position and to successfully complete its testing.
SES-15 carries a hybrid payload, comprising Ku-band wide beams and Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capability, with connectivity to gateways in Ka-band. SES’s first hybrid satellite is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) as well as HTS capabilities to serve North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
SES-15’s high throughput payload will deliver optimised and flexible coverage for major global inflight connectivity and entertainment (IFC/IFE) service providers, such as Global Eagle, Gogo and Panasonic Avionics. In addition, SES-15 has a dedicated wide beam that is designed to enable IFC/IFE providers to deliver live TV content on all flight routes across the US, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. This unique combination of beams allows IFC/IFE providers to optimise HTS capacity use for internet traffic and wide beam coverage for broadcast content.
SES-15 also carries a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) hosted payload, which will enable the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to augment existing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with the goal of improving accuracy, integrity and availability of the system for the aviation industry.
SES-15 was successfully launched onboard a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on 18 May 2017.
Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES, said, “An operational SES-15 has been much anticipated by our customers. The hybrid satellite, which has both wide beams and high throughput capability, empowers our aeronautical customers to offer even faster connectivity speeds to airlines. In addition, the WAAS hosted payload will enable the US FAA to improve GPS. The Boeing, Arianespace and SES teams have done an excellent job in making this possible."
The beginning of contracted services on SES-15's HTS payload represents an important milestone in supporting SES's future growth trajectory and its strategy to develop innovative and high-power capabilities for specific and dynamic markets. SES-15 will be followed by the launches of two more hybrid geostationary (GEO) satellites with widebeam / HTS capabilities, SES-14 and SES-12, as well as another four O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites in the near future. SES-14 will serve the Americas and the Atlantic region, and SES-12 will cover Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. Together with SES-17, another HTS which will be launched in 2021, they will offer a global, multi-frequency system for aeronautical, maritime, government and enterprise customers.
SES Networks and GTMaritime Launch New Connectivity Service
New volume-based solution will enhance maritime connectivity in Europe and in the Middle East
LUXEMBOURG, 2 June 2017 -- SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and GTMaritime, a specialist in providing communication solutions and services to the maritime industry, announced today a partnership to provide a new volume-based service package for regional maritime connectivity.
The new SES Networks Maritime+ Regional Connectivity service, leveraging SES’s extensive satellite fleet and ground infrastructure, will be marketed by GTMaritime under the name GTLitespeedMAX as part of their airtime portfolio.
The service provides customers with a set price, fixed volume, regional VSAT solution and is perfect for offshore supply vessels, fishing vessels, ferries and RoRo ships, barges, cargo carriers, leisure craft, dredgers and yacht management companies and will be available across European waters and in the Middle East.
“This new end-to-end service provided to us by SES Networks helps to bring maritime connectivity to a new level, giving access to tailored solutions for an even wider range of customers,” said Robert Kenworthy, CEO, GTMaritime. “GTLitespeedMAX, with speeds up to 4MBit/s in download and unlimited data usage during the night, will allow our customers to benefit from a volume-based fixed monthly rate package with full control over consumption and costs. Other benefits of this new solution are VOIP-optimised quality of service and compact hardware, using KNS antennas as small as 60 cm.”
“By utilising our services, GTMaritime has brought seamless connectivity to more than 600 ships over the past years” said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director, SES Techcom Services, part of the newly-created SES Networks business unit. “We are continuously enhancing our offering and capabilities to provide tailored solutions coupled with unparalleled satellite coverage, and are happy to enable GTMaritime to deliver this easily customisable connectivity offering for the growing maritime market in Europe and the Middle East.”
SES and Intersat to Provide Internet Connectivity Across AfricaLeading African internet service provider renews, upgrades and activates new SES capacity contract, and utilises SES Enterprise+ Broadband service to connect Africa LUXEMBOURG, 21 March 2017 - SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Intersat announced today that they have signed a multi-year agreement to deliver internet services across Africa. Intersat, one of the largest providers of internet solutions on the African continent, will be providing broadband connectivity to businesses and consumers via SES’s NSS-12 satellite, located at 57 degrees East. The latest agreement with SES includes a new C-band capacity lease, infrastructure services out of the SES Betzdorf teleport and a renewal of upgraded Ku-band capacity out of the SES Djibouti Teleport. Intersat will also use the SES Enterprise+ Broadband service to deliver high-speed broadband connectivity across Africa, serving industries such as banking, corporate customers, and internet service providers. Launched in 2015, SES’s Enterprise+ is a managed, ready-to-deploy, customised satellite connectivity solution providing carrier grade services and allowing a wide range of applications including connectivity for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Voice over IP (VoIP) services, remote data traffic and video multi-casting. “As demand for connectivity grows beyond big cities, communities need faster, more reliable broadband to support business growth, as well as healthcare and educational services. Our partnership with SES will further strengthen our collective ability to deliver this connectivity,” said Hanif Kassam, Executive Director at Intersat. “With the new and upgraded capacity and customised connectivity platform on NSS-12, combined with an extensive teleport infrastructure, we will be able to offer truly differentiated services to our customers.” “We have been in partnership with Intersat for many years in various markets and sectors. The new agreement reaffirms how SES satellites’ comprehensive coverage and SES’s competitively priced flexible connectivity platform with a 'plug 'n' play' offering has enabled Intersat to expand their reach across East Africa,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES. To learn more about SES Enterprise+ Broadband visit: https://www.ses.com/what-we-do/enterprise/broadband