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Anti-Jamming Technology Offered To Commercial Satellite Firms

EMS Technologies is offering technology that provides beam-forming networks that protect communications relayed through satellites.

EMS Technologies plans to offer anti-jamming technology to the commercial space industry.

EMS announced Monday that it believes there is commercial demand for systems sold by its Defense and Space Systems Division, which is used by the military to protect communications channels. The company says its technology provides beam-forming networks that protect communications relayed through satellites.

"We are now offering commercial customers options to safeguard their investments in satellites that offer consumer and business communication services in parts of the world that may be vulnerable to jamming," said Michael Fatig, VP of business development for EMS' defense and space division, in a statement. "We estimate that 25% of the commercial satellite market will be interested in anti-jam technology."

Fatig said broadband infrastructure satellites offering country-wide data services in developing regions are the most likely candidates for its new commercial offering.

"As the world becomes increasingly dependent on satellite technology, companies like EMS will win market share with solutions that defend the next generation satellite infrastructure," said Claude Rousseau, a satellite communications analyst with Northern Sky Research.

The offering comes as Space News reports that someone at a restricted Libyan military site was at least partly responsible for several months of satellite jamming of communications through Thuraya, which provides satellite phone coverage for much of Africa, all of the Middle East, Europe, India, and parts of Asia.

The U.S. government has been worried about China's jamming and anti-satellite capabilities, since the country has taken out its own satellites during recent tests.

"Demand for anti-jamming technology will continue to grow as manufacturers and service providers seek to differentiate themselves from established providers," Rousseau said. "Over time, those companies with assets already in orbit may need to address this challenge directly, while new providers gain a stronger position of reliability and security."

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