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AT&T completes DirecTV acquisition

US telco AT&T has completed its $48.5 billion (€44.2bn) acquisition of pay-TV provider DirecTV following the Federal Communications Commission’s approval – with conditions – of the deal. The FCC determined…

Branson’s ‘Spaceport America’ 1st launch next summer?

The head of New Mexico’s Spaceport Authority told a special US investigation committee that she was hoping Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic ‘SpaceShip Two’ sub-orbital space plane would start regular…

YahClick launches Pakistan Ka-band satellite broadband service

YahClick, the satellite broadband service of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE-based, Mubadala Development Company owned, satellite operator, has officially launched. Customers across Pakistan will now be able…

OneWeb alliance with Intelsat

Intelsat has formed a “strategic alliance” with Greg Wyler’s OneWeb scheme to place 650 small satellites in orbit. Intelsat is investing $25 million in the project. OneWeb’s plan, in essence,…

UK has fastest mobile connection speed

Akamai Technologies has released its First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report.  Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics…

OneWeb Global broadband strategy

OneWeb is the audacious plan to girdle the Earth with 648 mini-satellites and thus deliver low-cost broadband and Internet services to the complete planet. The intention is to “provide high-speed…

Manchester first for Virgin ultrafast roll-out

UK quad-play operator Virgin Media has confirmed that the north-west city of Manchester is to be the first to benefit from ‘Project Lightning’, unveiled earlier this year. This major expansion…

ITU roadmap for 5G mobile development

ITU has established the overall roadmap for the development of 5G mobile and defined the term it will apply to it as “IMT-2020”. With the finalidation of its work on…

ATIS to advance 5G network evolution

At its 5G Symposium, held in Chicago, ATIS announced its agenda to advance the network’s evolution to 5G. Beyond traditional mobility services, 5G promises higher data rates for content delivery–imagine…

Facebook scraps satellite constellation plan

Facebook scraps satellite constellation plan

It seems that the non-announced ‘plan’ for Facebook to launch a constellation of mini-satellites, or else one $500 million super-satellite, has been dropped. The scheme, widely talked about some 6…

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