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Sky to enter mobile sector

UK pay-TV operator Sky is set to add a range of mobile voice and data services to its customer offering for the first time following agreement of a new partnership with Telefónica UK. Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Telefónica UK will give Sky wholesale access to 2G, 3G and 4G services over its popular nationwide network. Leveraging its […]

Keep C-band for satellite, urge operators

The cellular telephone industry is looking enviously at C-band frequencies for terrestrial use. A major international conference in Nigeria heard from Eutelsat’s CEO Michael de Rosen argue passionately that terrestrial operators should leave C-band exclusively for satellite transmission. “Opening the C-band to mobile operators would not herald the expansion of its use for new services. It would mean the end […]

6,000 satellite receivers seized in Iran

Iran’s police have been busy removing dishes and confiscating satellite receivers as the nation enforces its ban on viewers watching ‘foreign’ TV channels. The city of Shiraz lost more than 6,000 installations to teams of police from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, according to a local report. The dishes were taken to a local sports stadium and destroyed. However, despite this apparent […]

Kyrgyz Republic accelerates DSO with Eutelsat

Eutelsat Communications has signed a multi-year agreement with RPO RMTR, the public broadcaster of the Kyrgyz Republic, that will accelerate the country’s switch to a fully digital broadcasting environment. RPO RMTR is using the high-power service area of the Eutelsat 70B satellite to broadcast a free-to-air platform of national channels to DTT towers and direct to homes beyond terrestrial reception. […]

Russia creates giant Space Agency

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has created a massive new state corporation, which in the process will mean the end of Roscosmos, RSC Energia, Krunichev State Research, and the old space agency. All the entities will be absorbed into a super-holding company, United Rocket & Space Corp. (URSC), and in a plan that will seek to reverse the many launch problems […]

SES will majority own O3b by 2017

While much has been made of Elon Musk’s plan for 4000 small orbiting satellites and Sir Richard Branson’s backing for a rival 2400 mini-satellites scheme, the fact is that Jersey-based O3b is already beginning to serve “the other 3 billion” of the planet’s under-served potential broadband users. O3b’s CEO Steve Collar told press at a Paris event that it expected […]

AMOS-5 transmitting Nigeria’s ACTV


Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, thas revealed that the AMOS-5 satellite has won a multi-year contract to transmit Nigeria’s newest Pay TV platform from ACTV (African Cable TV). From its 17°E prime orbital position, the satellite will send ACTV’s signals to viewers throughout Nigeria over its Ku-1 beam. ACTV is a new digital pay-TV platform offering over […]

SES now Number 1


Satellite operator SES has been close to the world’s Number 1 slot in the sector for some time based on revenues and fleet size, but a Press event in Paris on January 22nd saw CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh confirm that it expected to achieve the coveted position this year, and pushing Intelsat into second place.  The satellite expansion strategy would […]

Cisco Videoscape for beIN

Global sports pay-TV provider beIN SPORTS has selected the Cisco Videoscape TV services delivery platform to deliver advanced sports video experiences across more than 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Cisco provides software and hardware solutions, along with prime system integration services to beIN SPORTS to help support millions of new subscriptions across MENA. beIN […]

Google puts $1bn into SpaceX


While most of the market expected Google to invest cash into Elon Musk’s 4000-satellite project given that Google has already talked of backing similar ventures (Project Loon), it has now emerged that the investment cash will go into Musk’s satellite launching rocket venture SpaceX. At the moment it would appear that Musk’s satellite project is going to be held within […]

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