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Australia’s NewSat goes bust


Troubled Australian satellite company NewSat, which had wanted to build Jaburu-1, an independently-owned satellite serving Australia, has been placed into administration. NewSat, and its various subsidiaries (Jabiru Satellite, NewSat Space Resources and NSN Holdings) are now being looked after by the administrator, PPB Advisory. A USA-related business, NewSat Ltd, and registered in Delaware has also been placed in Chapter 15 […]

GEO and Non-GEO HTS to propel satellite backhaul

NSR’s Wireless Backhaul via Satellite, 9th Edition finds a robust market increasingly impacted by the much deliberated Non-GEO-HTS programs, specifically LEO-HTS presenting both challenges and opportunities for the industry.  A diverse set of market segments are expected to grow at mixed levels, with current and next-generation solutions generating healthy revenue streams from $1.7 billion in 2014 to $5.3 billion by […]

AREWA24 launches on Eutelsat

AREWA24, the 24-hour free-to-air Hausa-language entertainment and lifestyle channel, has announced a multi-year capacity lease with Eutelsat Communications on the Eutelsat 16A satellite. Leveraging the satellite’s Ku-band footprint that sweeps across sub-Saharan Africa, the channel is seeling to solidify its position as Northern Nigeria’s premiere Hausa language channel. The powerful footprint of Eutelsat 16A enables AREWA24 to extend its reach […]

SpaceX “hard landing” on return from Space Station

A SpaceX rocket, which had been used to make a routine cargo delivery to the International Space Station, successfully returned its potentially reusable upper stage to Earth, itself a major achievement, but the returning stage made a “hard landing” onto its ‘spaceport drone ship’, a floating landing stage in the Atlantic Ocean. This was the third attempt to return SpaceX’s […]

SES boosts SAT IP Alliance

Satellite operator SES used the NAB show in Las Vegas to announce a wider grouping of organisations to promote the adoption of SAT IP technology. SAT IP technology makes it possible to distribute satellite TV services in an efficient way to any device connected to a domestic IP network. The newly-structured SAT IP Alliance links SES with fellow satellite operator […]

Darroch: ‘Innovation core part of Sky brand’


Declaring that there has “never been a better time” to be in the broadcast industry, Jeremy Darroch, CEO of Sky, has suggested that the enlarged group, following the acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, is well placed to meet growing customer expectations of content quality, choice and availability. Participating in a MIPTV Media Mastermind Keynote in Cannes, Darroch told […]

Eutelsat calms Russia worries

Investors have grown concerned at the impact Russia’s economic downturn might be having on Eutelsat’s profitability. CEO Michel de Rosen took the opportunity of an in-depth interviews with the French press to say Eutelsat had renegotiated its contracts with Russian broadcasters, but that the new contracts had a ‘reverse’ clause allowing contract values to return to their previous (and higher […]

Intelsat, ScheduALL partner for occasional use

Intelsat, a global provider of satellite services, and ScheduALL, a provider of Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) solutions for media, broadcast and transmission businesses, have announced the successful implementation and launch of ScheduALL Connector, which enables Intelsat customers to easily and efficiently manage their occasional use (OU) capacity needs. Utilising the ScheduALL Connector interface, Intelsat’s strategic sales partners (SSPs) and media […]

Televisa renews, expands Eutelsat capacity


Televisa has renewed and increased capacity on three satellites with coverage of the Americas operated by Eutelsat Communications. The new contract, which includes distribution of HD content, increases capacity on the Eutelsat 117 West A satellite and extends leases on Eutelsat 113 West A and Eutelsat 115 West A for distribution of some of Televisa Networks’ key channels to cable […]

ABS to double in size

Mohamed Youssif, ABS’ COO and President/MD of its MENA operatio,n said the satellite operator continues on what he described as a fast-track growth and expansion trajectory.  “We launched the business in 2006 and we now have 7 satellites in the fleet, and have reported around 30 per cent growth y-o-y during that time.” Investment fund Permira is a majority owner […]

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