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French Guiana strike ends

French Guiana strike ends

The European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, is getting back to work. The industrial action which had caused a near-complete month-long closedown of the region ended on April 21 when…

Apple ramping up ‘super constellation’ plans?

Apple has reportedly hired a pair of highly experienced satellite experts. Bloomberg Business News says the pair are John Fenwick, who led Google’s spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, who headed…

Intelsat ready with ‘Plans B and C’

Global satellite operator Intelsat’s planned merger with Jersey-based OneWeb has suffered its first hiccup. Intelsat’s bondholders are not signing up to the proposed financial restructuring engineered by Japan’s media giant…

Intelsat, OneWeb merger facing challenges

Intelsat is reportedly extending the timetable deadline for bondholders to accept the proposals of a proposed merger with giant satellite constellation OneWeb. Reuters reports that the merger – announced back…

French Guiana still in total shutdown

There are no signs of strikers in French Guiana calling off their protests and allowing rocket company Arianespace resuming their launch activity. The strike is now in its 4th week.…

Research: Revenues and prospects for sat operators

The past year or two have not been the best of times for satellite operators. In some markets, there has been over-capacity which has led – in some cases –…

SPI/FILMBOX launches in Russia with Orion

Orion, federal satellite operator in Russia and global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX signed a distribution agreement based on which Orion now offers seven SPI channels on its Telekarta…

No end in sight for French spaceport strike

The widespread labour strike in French Guiana shows no sign of ending. The action has forced rocket company Arianespace to suspend all work at the spaceport. The strike started on…

SES creates market-focused business units

SES creates market-focused business units

Satellite operator SES’s Board of Directors has approved a restructuring of SES’s go-to-market organisation model with the creation of two highly-focused business units, SES Video and SES Networks, focusing on…

“Surging” demand for In Flight entertainment

In Flight Entertainment and broadband connectivity company Gogo has contracted extra satellite transponder capacity from SES in order to meet what the pair describe as “surging Inflight demand in North…