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SES: ‘UHD expansion and more C-band opportunities’

During its results call with analysts, SES explained that its “unparalleled reach” continued to expand. Back in 2016, it reached some 325 million homes (more than a billion people) and…

SES renews Sky deal; FY revenue dips

SES renews Sky deal; FY revenue dips

Ahead of its results announcement, SES confirmed it had extended its contract with Sky UK that will result in a €90 million gain in its secured backlog. SES added: “By…

Analyst: SpaceX tops $6bn in equity funding

Analyst: SpaceX tops $6bn in equity funding

Researchers at Quilty Analytics have carried out a running total of SpaceX’s fund-raising exercises and estimate that the Elon Musk-backed business has raised around $6 billion (€4.9bn) since the announcement…

SES continues with new contracts

SES continues with new contracts

The past few days have seen a slew of press statements from SES regarding contract renewals and fresh deals. The latest pair come ahead of the satellite operator’s results statement…

EchoStar/Hughes Jupiter 3 satellite delayed

Covid-related production problems have hurt the planned launch of EchoStar and Hughes Network’s giant Jupiter 3 satellite. It has now slipped to H2/2022 after originally being scheduled for some time…

Musk: “Starlink to double speeds”

Elon Musk says download transmission rates on his mega-constellation of Starlink satellites will double to around 300 Mb/s later this year. Musk, in a Tweet, added that signal latency will…

France approves Starlink

France approves Starlink

The French communications regulator, ARCEP (l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques), has approved SpaceX’s Starlink broadband-by-satellite system for use and access to the nation. But the residents of a small…

China to build 500 satellites per year

Chinese vehicle manufacturing giant Geely Technology Group (and its satellite production division Taizhou Xingkong Zhilian) have been given formal approval to build more than 500 satellites annually. The new enterprise,…

Gilat offers next-gen Aquarius 5G LEO/GEO solutions

Israel-based Gilat Satellite Networks has already delivered successful in-orbit testing of its 5G/Low Earth Orbiting VSAT technology. Now marketed as ‘Aquarius’, the system was on board Telesat’s first pair of…

Bank: Starlink to take on Konnect

Elon Musk’s broadband-by-satellite Starlink business is readying to open for business in Europe. The markets invited include France, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Italy and others. It plans to launch its service…

FCC: C-band auction over

Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC’s acting chair, says the 5G auction for new spectrum in the US has ended. “Stay tuned for the final results of this auction,” she tweeted. “We’ll…

SpaceX valued at $74 billion

SpaceX valued at $74 billion

SpaceX has wrapped a fundraising round of a reported $850 million (€704.4bn) to help pay for his new Starlink launches and development work on his Starship/Mars project. CNBC reports that…

Report: 5G the “moonshot objective” for satellite

The world’s major satellite players are busy preparing for 5G. While much of the focus has been on the US, where some of their C-band frequencies have been auctioned off…

Avanti has a year to pay back lenders

Avanti has a year to pay back lenders

London-based speciality satellite operator Avanti Communications has borrowed another $30 million and been given an additional lifeline by its lenders for its $145 million-worth of borrowings. But the money comes…

SES vs Intelsat: $1.8bn C-band claim

More detail has emerged from Intelsat’s 195-page filing to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy court and addressing its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. Intelsat is looking for approval which would result…

Starlink in licensing discussions with ICASA

Starlink in licensing discussions with ICASA

Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband-by-satellite system has added South Africa as a target market. South Africa’s media and telecoms regulator ICASA (Independent Communication Authority of South Africa) confirming that SpaceX is…

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