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High expectations for satellite sector

Aircraft ‘direct-to-seat’ entertainment and connectivity for passengers while travelling, currently represents a very modest 1 per cent of revenues for the major satellite players such as Eutelsat and SES.  A major report from investment banker Exane/BNP-Paribas expects revenues from in-flight connectivity to grow to 15 per cent of group revenues at Eutelsat by 2025, and […]

June 5, 2015

Russia to drop Proton rocket launcher

Igor Komarov, who heads up the Russian Roscosmos space agency, stated June 3 that Russia intended to move more speedily to replacing its now troubled Proton launch rocket, reported news agency TASS. He said that recent failures, including a lost satellite launch in May, meant that rocket builder Krunichev would be switching to its newer […]

June 4, 2015

BBC, EE trial 4G replays at FA Cup final

The BBC and mobile network operator EE tested new mobile apps at the FA Cup final on May 30th using 4G Broadcast technology to offer instant replays to fans watching inside Wembley Stadium. The service offered replays of key moments from multiple angles. Following the successful trial, a public service is planned for 2016. The […]

June 1, 2015

Tuvalu selects ABS to deliver high-speed Internet

ABS and Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) announced that they have signed a 5 year contract on ABS-6. The capacity agreement will provide high speed internet connectivity to support TTC’s growing infrastructure. Under the multi-year contract, TTC will use the C-band A beam capacity on ABS-6 to increase the volume of traffic to the Tuvalu islands […]

April 29, 2015

SES boosts SAT IP Alliance

Satellite operator SES used the NAB show in Las Vegas to announce a wider grouping of organisations to promote the adoption of SAT IP technology. SAT IP technology makes it possible to distribute satellite TV services in an efficient way to any device connected to a domestic IP network. The newly-structured SAT IP Alliance links […]

April 15, 2015By Chris Forrester

Ofcom: 4G outperforming 3G

The UK’s 4G networks are performing “much better” than 3G but a study has highlighted significant variations between operators. Ofcom’s test of smartphones in five towns and cities found EE delivered the fastest average 4G download speed at 18.6Mbit/s, followed by Vodafone (16.4Mbit/s), O2 (13.9Mbit/s) and Three (8.5Mbit/s). Overall, 97 per cent of test samples […]

April 2, 2015

Thuraya up for sale

The UAE’s broadband and sat-phone operator Thuraya is up for sale. There’s even a prospective buyer lined up in the shape of satellite giant Inmarsat. The problem is the two are very wide from reaching an agreed sale price. While Thuraya has been on the sales forecourt for some time, the asking price – of […]

March 24, 2015By Chris Forrester

BT preps 4G network

BT is preparing to launch its own 4G network, even before it has completed the £12.5 billion takeover of EE. The telco will reportedly unveil its 4G service by this week, according to a report in The Telegraph, and will likely undercut many of its rivals. BT will initially launch its 4G service as a […]

March 23, 2015

Inmarsat & Solaris Mobile could lose spectrum

UK regulator Ofcom has issued formal warnings to Inmarsat and Solaris Mobile that they must bring into use their planned services by December 2016, or else risk losing the frequency rights. The transmission rights cover the intended supply of satellite radio and transmissions to hand-held devices proposed some years ago. Solaris Mobile’s S-band orbital assets […]

March 18, 2015By Chris Forrester

SES claims 1.1bn viewers globally

SES has released its annual ‘Satellite Monitor’ numbers and say they have expanded their worldwide reach to 312 million (up 7 per cent) which means the 6500 channels they carry on their satellites are collectively reaching more than 1.1 billion people The market research shows that the growth is coming from emerging markets of Africa, […]

March 17, 2015By Chris Forrester