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​Sky Europe’s numbers shape up

Jeremy Darroch will unveil his latest set of numbers for his Sky Europe trio of pay-TV broadcasters on February 4th, and one market analyst admits it could be a “bit of a mess”. The criticism is not about the numbers themselves but for the market to get a handle on a new set of benchmarks. This is the first quarter […]

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 […]

Dolby Labs’ share price crash

Dolby Labs’ share price has crashed by as much as 11.4 per cent following the release this week of the company’s Q1 results. The fall was not expected given that the results exceeded most analysts’ forecasts.  Actual quarterly revenue rose 1 per cent (y-o-y) but shareholders expected more.  The day closed with a fall of 7.04 per cent, to $39.1 […]

Who’s Neutral Now?

The FCC’s fork in the road, or should that be Information Super-highway, on Net Neutrality is fast approaching and the stakes are getting high and tempers frayed. In typical Washington fashion, the sides are drawn up like gunslingers proclaiming the only good outcome is total victory for them – and, by definition, the demise of their opponent. In reality, there […]

O3b adds key Pacific clients

O3b, the satellite-by-broadband constellation that aims to reach ‘the other 3 billion’ people who have little or no access to Internet services, has added some important Pacific clients. It is now saying that O3b is the largest provider of satellite capacity over the Pacific region. Norfolk Telecom, situated halfway between Australia and New Zealand, and which has been testing its […]

SES ‘borrows’ Italian military bird to hold slot

Earlier this week satellite builder Airbus Defence and Space said that it had handed over Astra 2G to its client SES of Luxembourg following its launch on December 27th. But Astra 2G was also destined to initially go to a ‘secret’ location for 3 months in order to “bring into use” some of the satellite’s specialist frequencies at the unspecified […]

Boeing first ‘all electric’ satellites

Satellite manufacturer Boeing Space has delivered its first pair of ‘all electric’ satellites. Built for Bermuda-domiciled ABS and Paris-based Eutelsat the two satellites are due for launch late next month by Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company.  The satellites will leave Boeing’s factory on January 19th for shipping to SpaceX’s launch site at Cape Canaveral. Key fact for the two satellites […]

Credit Suisse backs 4K for satellite operators

Investment bankers Credit Suisse, in a note to clients this week, has helped boost share prices for the main satellite operators to near-record levels. The report focuses on “the 4K revolution” likely to have a major impact on satellite capacity over the next year or two. Credit Suisse says: “4K, the next generation of HD, will require twice as much […]

Arianespace confident for 2015 sales

Arianespace’s CEO Stéphane Israël says the launch company is expecting an “intense” schedule for this year. “We are targeting another record year of missions, while continuing our pursuit of commercial activities to further expand the order book,” he said. “This follows a milestone 2014 from the operational point of view, along with the important actions to ensure the future of […]

Record year for rocket launchers

A December 31st launch of a Chinese Long March rocket closed out the most successful year for launches since 1993. The Chinese rocket was the 92nd orbital launch of the year, and China launched an additional 15 satellites during the year. 2013 saw just 81 rockets launched. Russia placed 32 satellites into orbit from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, plus an additional […]

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