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High-speed broadband in cars moves closer

Consumers can already access broadband and media via smartphones whether they’re sat in a car, on a train and increasingly in the air. However, a new link between Toyota and Kymeta Corp has come up with a satellite antenna that’s capable of handling very high-speed data to cars at domestic-type broadband rates. The technology was […]

January 13, 2016

Satellite boost for UK broadband speeds

In what the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport describes as “an early Christmas present”, homes and businesses in some of the most remote areas of the UK are to be offered a subsidised satellite broadband connection if they are currently unable to obtain an affordable broadband service of at least 2 Mbps. The […]

December 8, 2015By Colin Mann

Eutelsat’s new CEO: Good or bad for business?

Eutelsat celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its listing on the Paris bourse by holding an Investors Day in Paris on December 1st. The mood was decidedly upbeat , and presentation followed presentation in outlining the opportunities – and obvious challenges – ahead. Outgoing CEO Michel de Rosen told analysts that the company had grown significantly […]

December 2, 2015By Chris Forrester

Ofcom: Openreach status quo not an option

Interviewed as its annual Connected Nations report is published, Ofcom’s chief executive, Sharon White said the status quo between BT and its subsidiary Openreach, which provides the infrastructure connecting people to the internet, is unlikely to continue.Ofcom is currently reviewing the company’s provision of ‘superfast’ broadband. Critics of BT say it has not invested enough in […]

December 1, 2015

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes UHF decision

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance – a global organisation advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation – has joined a range of satellite and broadcasting industry bodies in supporting the decision made at the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) to maintain the ITU’s primary allocation […]

November 30, 2015By Colin Mann

WRC: ‘Satellite spectrum central to connectivity vision’

The world’s governments have resoundingly affirmed a clear vision for the importance of many vital and irreplaceable services provided today over satellite. They also agreed on a clear framework for future access to satellite spectrum for innovative satellite communications. This was accomplished by agreeing to preserve and create new additional valuable spectrum for fixed and […]

November 27, 2015

SES Techcom, Newtec expand Astra Connect broadband service

SES Techcom Services, a subsidiary of satellite operator SES, will be expanding its Astra Connect broadband service in Africa for the Enterprise and Oil & Gas markets via the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform on SES’s ASTRA 2G satellite. SES is extending its current relationship with long-term partner Newtec – a specialist in designing, developing and […]

November 18, 2015

Spacecom cellular-satellite hybrid for Cameroon

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that the AMOS-5 satellite at the 17°E prime orbital position is now providing Cameroon with Sub-Saharan Africa’s first large-scale cellular-satellite hybrid broadband Internet project. Spacecom is cooperating with Ringo, a Cameroon ISP, to supply over 120 educational institutions, community centers and rural villages with stable and […]

November 17, 2015

SES: 6 UHD channels contracted

Satellite operator SES says it now has secured contracts for six Ultra-HD channels, five of which are already on air. CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh said: “SES has continued to be productive in Q3.  SES has been first out of the starting gate in the commercial introduction of Ultra HD, building on the milestone of Europe’s […]

October 30, 2015By Chris Forrester

SpaceX broadband “speculative”

SpaceX’s president Gwynne Shotwell, speaking at the Hong Kong CASBAA convention on October 27th, said that far from backing a 4000 constellation of satellites, the scheme is “very speculative” at the moment. Shotwell told delegates that the concept was being looked at but a deeper assessment of its business case was needed. “We don’t have […]

October 28, 2015By Chris Forrester