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Russia gets approval for satellite broadband

Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, Russia has succeeded in gaining regulatory approval for a global broadband-by-satellite constellation. The project – called Sphere – already has one satellite in orbit, a ”demonstration” SkyF-D craft, launched on October 22nd. Russian Space Agency Roscosmos is backing the scheme, and the Russian government has plans to invest some […]

December 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

AST SpaceMobile raises $75m

AST SpaceMobile, the company building what it claims is the first space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, has confirmed the closing of its offering of 13,636,364 shares of Class A Common Stock raising gross proceeds of $75 million (€71.1m). Riley Securities (B. Riley) was the sole book-running manager of the offering. […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

OneWeb signs African partnership with Paratus

OneWeb has signed a distribution partnership with Paratus Group, the pan-African telecommunications company. The agreement will help Paratus to deliver OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) connectivity solutions across Africa once its global network coverage is activated in 2023. This agreement will focus on delivering satellite communications services to Paratus customers across 37 countries in Africa, […]

December 5, 2022

Deutsche Telekom accelerates fibre rollout

In the coming year, Deutsche Telekom plans to increase the pace of its fibre rollout significantly, with 2.5 to 3 million connections set to be added in 2023. In the current year, Telekom’s fibre team is fully on track to achieve the goal of offering FTTH connections to an additional 2 million households and businesses. […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

SpaceX offers Starshield to military

SpaceX has unveiled Starshield, a new product and business division aimed at the US military and other government agencies concerned with national security. SpaceX/Starshield taps into Elon Musk’s now well-established mega constellation of low Earth orbiting craft and – helped by the FCC’s permission last week to expand the fleet by an additional 7,500 second […]

December 5, 2022

Magyar Telekom selects ThinkAnalytics

ThinkAnalytics, a content discovery platform and targeted advertising provider, has announced that Hungarian telco, Magyar Telekom, has chosen the Think360 platform for personalised recommendations, targeted promotions, and viewer engagement across its TV and OTT services. Magyar Telekom joins other Deutsche Telekom MagentaTV subsidiaries in deploying Think360 and is the first in the group to deploy […]

December 5, 2022

FCC partially approves Gen2 Starlink deployment

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved SpaceX’s application to deploy up to 7,500 satellites but put other decisions on hold. SpaceX had sought approval to operate a network of 29,988 non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellites. “Specifically, we grant SpaceX authority to construct, deploy, and operate up to 7,500 satellites operating at altitudes of 525, […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann

OneWeb preps 15th launch

OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, will launch 40 satellites with SpaceX no earlier than December 6th from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:37pm GMT. This launch will be OneWeb’s 15th to-date and its second since resuming its campaign with a successful launch from India in October, putting the company on […]

December 2, 2022

SpaceX to offer satellite phone service?

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is to build “the largest deployable antenna array” designed by SpaceX to date. SpaceX is advertising for mechanical engineers to help achieve the concept. A LinkedIn comment from Sara Spangelo, SpaceX’s co-lead on the sat-phone scheme, read: “SpaceX is developing a breakthrough new direct to cell satellite network to bring ubiquitous cellular […]

December 2, 2022

Australia: NBN deploys Nokia’s next-gen fibre tech

Nokia and NBN have announced the deployment of Nokia’s next-generation broadband platform and its Altiplano Access Controller to deliver a smarter, faster and greener network. The deployment is the first for the Lightspan MF-14 in the Southern Hemisphere. Tthe MF-14 will help nbn address Australia’s broadband needs well into the future and help the company […]

December 2, 2022