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Chris Forrester is one of the most experienced and highly regarded journalists in the field. His insight and analysis, particularly in the satellite and pay-TV arena, is highly prized. He has written for all the major business journals in the sector as well as several national newspapers.

Eutelsat grows backlog 20%

One valuable measure of success for any satellite operator is the amount of contracted ‘backlog’, that is the value of that future business that the operator has tied up for years down the line. This past 12 months has seen Eutelsat increase that backlog by 19.9 per cent, from €5.37 billion to €6.44 billion. Eutelsat’s position is helped significantly by […]

India’s ARPU pennies start adding up

In an industry where the usual talk is of ”millions” and even “billions” of dollars it is all too easy to forget that – at least in India – subscribers pay just pennies for their TV service. Yesterday (July 29) Airtel Digital TV said that it had raised its ARPU by 17 Rupees (US 28 cents) in the quarter to […]

“Tumbling” Avanti worries for market

London-based specialist satellite operator Avanti Communications has not had the best of weeks.  Last week it put out a profits warning saying it would be hit by a £7 million loan arrangement fee. It was bizarre in that house broker Jefferies then drew special attention to the statement, warning investors and shareholders to “give careful scrutiny” to Avanti’s statement. Jefferies […]

Thales-Alenia wins Telkom-3S order

Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the leading telecom services company in Indonesia, PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia TbK (Telkom), to build a new telecommunications satellite. Telkom-3S will increase the operator’s C-band capacity from its orbital position at 118° East, and will also offer HDTV channels and remote GSM/Internet services in Ku-band. Thales Alenia Space will be prime contractor on […]

Sanctions on Russia could risk space business

The Malaysia aircraft catastrophe could result in a worsening of US-Russia relations, and severely damage upcoming satellite launch plans, as well as the manning and supply of the orbiting International Space Station. The British government, along with the Dutch, Australian and Malaysian authorities are amongst those calling for tougher financial and business sanctions against Russia, already partly in place because […]

Pro7Sat.1 forecasts trimmed

Investment banker Berenberg has cut back on its expectations for German broadcasting giant Pro7Sat.1. In terms of the broadcaster’s share price the bank says its 12-month target is cut by €2 from €29.60 to €27.60. The reasons are the broadcaster’s “material underperformance” over the past year, although stressing that the bank’s view is some 5 percent below that of analysts’ […]

Murdoch: Never say never

Time Warner might have won Round One of what may turn out to be a long-running boxing match, but Rupert Murdoch is quite likely to have a Plan B, and C, and D, in his corner ready for the next round. 21st Century Fox, in making a bid of $86 a share (in cash and shares) has certainly opened up […]

Falcon-9 lofts 6 Orbcomm satellites

SpaceX’s giant Falcon-9 rocket successfully lifted six Orbcomm communications into low Earth orbit on July 14th. Orbcomm said that all six satellites were working well and sending out signals. The launch brings to an end some months of headache and launch delay anxieties caused by a handful of issues affecting the Falcon rocket (and weather delays) at Cape Canaveral. With […]

Modest growth expected for BSkyB

July 25th sees BSkyB unveil its Q4 and end-of-year results. Investment banker Nomura expects modest quarterly growth in net subscribers by about 68,000 (80,000 same period last year) and churn to hold steady at some 11 per cent and close to the previous quarter. Nomura’s media analyst Matthew Walker is forecasting lower broadband growth than Q3’s 70,000 as the legacy […]

O3b gets into space

A Russian rocket lofted four satellites owned by Jersey-based O3b during the evening of July 10th. These four communications satellites will help provide satellite-based broadband to the ‘other 3 billion’ people who have either no Internet or inadequate service. The satellites will also provide connectivity to smaller, more isolated national networks as well as serving the fast-expanding cruise and leisure […]

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