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SES prays for C-band

Unofficially SES is trying to calm investor expectations on the extremely important prospects for some C-band restructuring over the US. The logic is sensible given that a negative Federal Communications…

Sky “misleading” broadband ad banned

A TV commercial for Sky’s broadband service has been banned after complaints from rivals BT and Virgin were upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The duo argued it made…

Brexit “galactic stupidity” for UK space industry

The UK space industry is worth some €12 billion annually, and helps fund 40,000 jobs, according to a report entitled Brexit: Lost in Space,which states bluntly that these jobs are…

US C-Band “on track”

Eutelsat has held a series of ‘road show’ presentations to US-based analysts, and an investment bank report says that while no new financial information emerged, Eutelsat’s management say that they…

French pay-TV revenues drop 2%

The 2017 revenues of 81 French pay-TV channels dropped by 2 per cent over one year to €2.85 billion, following a 1 per cent decrease the previous year. According to…

French FTTH rollouts gaining ground

French FTTH rollouts gaining ground

France’s electronic communications Arcep is publishing has published its scoreboard for the fixed broadband and superfast broadband market (rollouts and subscriptions) in France as of the end of December 2018.…

Record profits for Euskaltel

Basque-Country cable operator Euskaltel made a profit record of €62.8 million in 2018, up 26.6 per cent versus the previous year. Total revenues grew by 11.2 per cent to €691.6…

Maxar/SS-L cuts 4% of staff

Maxar Technologies, which owns the Space Systems/Loral satellite building division, suffered net losses for the year to December 31st of $1.26 billion on group revenues of $2.14 billion. As a…

Telesat adjusts to manage LEO scheme

Ottawa-based satellite operator Telesat, the world’s fourth-largest, is moving some assets around in preparation for its planned multi-billion dollar constellation of Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) craft. The news emerged hot…

Broadband Forum publishes 2nd code release of OB-BAA project

Broadband Forum publishes 2nd code release of OB-BAA project

Broadband Forum has completed and published the second code release of its Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) project. Release 2.0 of OB-BAA builds on the functionalities enabled by…

Eutelsat KONNECT satellite payload mates with platform

Eutelsat Communications has announced the successful mating of the platform and payload of the KONNECT satellite, conducted at Thales Alenia Space’s facilities in Cannes. This operation is a major step…

O3b planning March 29 launch date

Arianespace says that it will launch the next batch of SES-backed O3b satellites on March 29th. The company will use the Russian Soyuz rocket for the task, and the mission…

Report: Panama’s $1.6bn telecoms market

Panama’s mobile data, fixed broadband, and pay-TV services revenue totalled $1.4 billion in 2018. This is expected to grow to $1.6 billion in 2023, at a compound annual growth rate…

Liberty sells UPC Switzerland; Q4 up 1.2%

Liberty sells UPC Switzerland; Q4 up 1.2%

Liberty Global has agreed a deal to sell its Swiss business – UPC Switzerland – to Sunrise Communications Group in a deal worth $6.3 billion (€5.5bn) including debt. Liberty Global…

OneWeb up and away

OneWeb, with help from Arianespace and a Russian Soyuz rocket, lifted six of its satellites from French Guiana on February 27th (at 18.37 local time, 21.37 GMT), and thus began…