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“Come fly on my rockets” says Musk

While flying humans into space, and perhaps as far as Mars, might be Elon Musk’s ultimate goal – he is also saying to small satellite designers and operators to join…

Successful launches for Amos-17, Intelsat I-39

August 6th was a busy night both at the Kourou space centre in French Guiana and at Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Arianespace successfully launched Intelsat’s I-39 as well as the European…

UK ISPs combine to set ‘Boris fibre’ conditions

UK operators have outlined their conditions to make PM Boris Johnson’s demand for full-fibre broadband “for all” by 2025 a reality. They say urgent action is required within 12 months…

BBC corrects OneWeb Russia “ban” story

A BBC report that satellite mega-constellation operator OneWeb had been blocked by Russia from sending or receiving signals from its orbiting satellites, has been corrected and updated. The BBC quotes…

BT ‘seeks assurance’ on doubling FTTH

BT ‘seeks assurance’ on doubling FTTH

BT CEO Philip Jansen has visited the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, looking for assurance on ROI if it delivers on the PM’s promise of ‘full fibre broadband sprouting’ in…

Israeli satellite seeks Facebook contract

SpaceX was due to launch Tel Aviv-based Spacecom’s Amos-17 satellite on August 3rd and has delayed the launch for several days due to a technical problem with the Falcon 9…

Fortnite Season 10 sees 40% spike in BT broadband traffic

Fortnite Season 10 sees 40% spike in BT broadband traffic

BT internet traffic saw an 40 per cent increase in traffic in the space of an hour when Fortnite Season 10 was released in the UK at 9am on August…

Thaicom “focusing on effective cost management”

Thaicom “focusing on effective cost management”

Thaicom, Thailand’s first satellite operator has announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30th 2019. Thaicom reported a net profit decrease compared to the previous quarter and…

No Russia approval for OneWeb

OneWeb wants to girdle the planet with around 650 satellites to provide global broadband coverage. To do this the company needs the permission of major countries to send and receive…

‘Small-sat’ breakthrough for French group

‘Small-sat’ breakthrough for French group

A major challenge for the new cluster of smaller satellite operators is safely releasing the satellites from the carrying rocket. When the rocket might be carrying 30-60 small – but…

Liberty Global completes Vodafone assets sale

Following the approval of the proposed transaction by the European Commission,  converged video, broadband and communications company Liberty Global has completed the sale of its operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania…

CBA partners not agreed on windfall split

Eutelsat’s CEO Rodolphe Belmer, speaking to analysts following its results announcement, said there was – as yet – no agreement between the C-Band Alliance (CBA) partners as to how –…

Openreach futureproof broadband in 36 new locations

Openreach, the UK’s digital infrastructure company, has announced 36 new locations where it will be building its new, future-proof Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband technology over the next 12 months. Work will…

Eutelsat FY18/19: “Challenged operating environment”

Paris-based Eutelsat says it is still suffering from a challenged operating environment which continues to weigh on the revenues of its core businesses. At June 30th 2019, the total number…

Avanti cuts off UK ISP Bigblu

Avanti cuts off UK ISP Bigblu

UK-based rural broadband-by-satellite ISP Bigblu Broadband and Avanti Communications are in dispute, and Avanti has seemingly terminated connectivity allegedly “without notice” to Bigblu’s clients. The news comes just days after…