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SpaceX broadband plans “too optimistic”

A surgical dissection of SpaceX’s recent suggestions that it could be generating $30 billion (€27.9bn) in annual revenues flowing from its projected constellation of 4400 satellites are “too optimistic no matter what assumptions are made and could stoke unrealistic expectations undermining the industry’s credibility,” according to a blunt analysis by specialists at Northern Sky Research […]

January 24, 2017By Chris Forrester

SpaceX lift-off today

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets have been given a clean bill of health by the FCC following a catastrophic explosion on September 1st, and the first launch takes place today (January 9) at 10.22 am (Pacific Time). The launch was originally scheduled for January 8, but postponed because of anticipated bad weather and heavy rain at […]

January 9, 2017By Chris Forrester

OneWeb raises $1.2bn for satellite constellation

Channel Islands-based OneWeb has raised $1.2 billion (€1.14bn) from Japan’s Softbank in a new funding round. OneWeb is planning to build a super-constellation of 640 broadband and data satellites to supply Internet-by-satellite connectivity to the planet. It already has manufacturing agreements in place with Airbus Group, and the plan is to start launching these satellites […]

December 19, 2016By Chris Forrester

Spacecom Chinese deal done?

Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group is to buy Israeli satellite communications company, Spacecom, for $190 million (€177m), according to Israeli press reports, unconfirmed by the company. A Statement from the company issued to said: “Spacecom wishes to inform the public that merger talks with Luxembourg Space Telecommunication S.A., a Luxembourg company and […]

December 6, 2016By Chris Forrester

SpaceX confirms 1600 satellite broadband scheme

Elon Musk has made no secret of his plans to launch a massive 1600 constellation of satellites to girdle the Earth and provide low-cost high-speed broadband to everyone. This week, Musk’s SpaceX rocket launch company made a formal application to the USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to proceed.  “The system is designed to provide a […]

November 17, 2016By Chris Forrester

Ericsson: Mobile video to grow 50% y-o-y

The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that there will be 550 million 5G subscriptions in 2022. North America will lead the way in uptake of 5G subscriptions, where a quarter of all mobile subscriptions are forecast to be for 5G in 2022. Asia Pacific will be the second fastest growing region for […]

November 15, 2016

Speedcast acquires Harris CapRock

Fast-growing satellite communications and facilities company Speedcast is to buy Harris CapRock, for $425 million (€386m). Harris CapRock has a strong position in supplying bandwidth and connectivity in the Energy and Maritime sectors. The acquisition strengthens SpeedCast’s already strong position in the Maritime industry, in which Harris CapRock has a leading position, and in particular, […]

November 1, 2016By Chris Forrester

Intelsat’s Q3 backlog squeezed

Intelsat reported that its future contracted backlog had fallen from $9.2 billion (€8.4bn) $8.9 billion over the past 3 months. This means that since December 31st last year, Intelsat’s backlog has fallen from $9.4 billion to today’s $8.9 billion, which still represents 4-times annual revenues. Revenues for the quarter-year were also under pressure at $542 […]

October 27, 2016By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat puts Africa broadband programme back on track after satellite deal with Yahsat

Satellite operator Eutelsat and Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat have signed a multi-year capacity agreement giving Broadband for Africa, Eutelsat’s African broadband venture, access to high-performance commercial Ka-band capacity for broadband services across Sub-Saharan Africa. The deal means that the initiative between Eutelsat and Facebook leveraging satellite technologies to get more Africans online is now back on […]

October 27, 2016

Astrome planning giant broadband constellation

On top of the existing O3b satellite constellation, Iridium’s 66-satellite package, and others promised by the likes of OneWeb, SpaceX, and even media players such as Google hinting at plans, yet another is proposed constellation is now in the development stage. India’s Astrome Technologies says it wants a 150 satellite constellation to be in orbit […]

October 26, 2016By Chris Forrester