Advanced Television


Spaceport resurrects Sea Launch concept

Once upon a time there was Sea Launch, a US/Norway/Russia/Ukraine consortium that used a converted oil-rig plus a support ship, to equatorially launch rockets and their satellites from the sea and using Zenit rockets. Sea Launch operated from 1999 to 2014 and successfully launched 32 rockets, although suffered a total of three complete failures and […]

May 24, 2023

SES boosts in-flight streaming for Vista flights

Raytheon Technologies-owned Collins Aerospace business will bring unlimited data to the customers of Vista, the private aviation group. Using Collins’ LuxStream, which runs exclusively on the SES’s high-throughput satellite (HTS) network, Vista customers can now access unlimited Internet for the duration of their flights. Since 2019, Vista has installed LuxStream on more than 75 aircraft […]

May 24, 2023

Gogo increases antenna power

Gogo Business Aviation has launched its Gogo Galileo product line with the unveiling of a second electronically steered antenna (ESA) form factor for use on its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband solution. Gogo serves the business aviation market with its In-Flight Communications service. The new equipment has already caught the eye of OneWeb. Gogo says […]

May 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

WBA outlines new OMWi

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has announced the publication of a technical report outlining a new operator-managed Wi-Fi (OMWi) reference architecture. The proposed framework will combine multiple available standards to streamline Wi-Fi data collection, Wi-Fi management, configuration, and optimization of home networks, simplifying the analysis and decision-making process for carriers. Consumers expect reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi […]

May 24, 2023

US cablecos abandon own TV choices

Wilkes Communications and River Street Networks has joined a growing number of cable operators who are switching off TV services for their subscribers. Wilkes and River Street are joining Frontier, WOW!, Sparklight Cable/Cable One and CenturyLink, all of which have instead adopted broadband-based entertainment in place of their curated TV options. For example, Wilkes/River Street, […]

May 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Free speed boost For Virgin Media O2 subs

Virgin Media O2 is increasing upload speeds for even more of its broadband customers at no extra cost. The boost will see the average upload speed for Virgin Media’s M500 service increase from 36Mbps to 52Mbps, with the average upload speed for Gig 1 services rising from 52Mbps to 104Mbps – six times faster than […]

May 23, 2023

Arabsat’s BADR-8 readies launch

SpaceX has scheduled the launch of Arabsat’s latest satellite for May 23rd. Launch is scheduled for 11.25 pm Florida-time, but the mission launch is very much subject to local weather considerations. A back-up launch could happen exactly 24-hours later if weather halts the mission. BADR-8 is a latest next-generation geostationary Eurostar Neo satellite from Airbus. […]

May 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Thuraya, eSAT Global make satellite IoT breakthrough

Thuraya, the mobility arm of the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider, Yahsat and eSAT Global have announced that they have successfully completed an over-the-air demonstration of low-latency, direct-to-satellite IoT texting system by transmitting low-power IoT messages over Thuraya’s satellite network (Thuraya-2 Satellite ‘T2’). This milestone is the first of several milestones that Yahsat expects to […]

May 23, 2023

Inmarsat unveils ‘fastest ever’ IFC plans

Communications provider Inmarsat has announced the next chapter of its Jet ConneX (JX) inflight broadband solution, introducing a new range of service plans which it says will redefine gold standard connectivity in the business aviation market and satisfy even the most data-hungry users for many years to come. Launched as part of Inmarsat’s JX Evolution […]

May 23, 2023

Arctic Space supports OneWeb’s constellation

Arctic Space Technologies, the sustainable ground segment provider, and OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, have announced a leap forward in the construction of the OneWeb Satellite Network Portal (SNP), a hyperscale satellite ground station installation at the Arctic Space Technologies’ Space Center in Piteå. The companies signed a bilateral agreement in […]

May 23, 2023