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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

France encourages satellite broadband

March 13th was a good day for satellite operators in that the French government announced a series of measures designed to supply and improve broadband connectivity into French rural areas. Investment bank Exane BNP-Paribas, in a note to clients on March 16th, said this was good news for satellite operators Eutelsat and SES. “We believe […]

March 16, 2015By Chris Forrester

LeoSat joins broadband space race

A new would-be satellite operator, LeoSat, has talked about placing 120-140 Ka-band satellites into orbit at heights of 1800 kms, but deliberately not seeking business from the billions of under-connected users around the planet. Instead, says Vern Fotheringham, CEO at LeoSat LLC, he wants to target “the top 3000 businesses, rather than the other 3 […]

March 11, 2015By Chris Forrester

SES CEO: ‘Satellite’s key role in future networks’

Satellite has a key role to play in the architecture of future networks and the acceleration of digitisation, according to Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES. Sabbagh’s comments came as he delivered a keynote address at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “Satellite is a key actor for digitisation and an integral […]

March 3, 2015

India: 74% increase in mobile data traffic in 2014

A Nokia Networks report on mobile broadband performance in India reveals a 74 per cent increase in mobile data traffic generated by both 2G and 3G mobile broadband services at the end of 2014, compared to the beginning the same year. This rise was primarily driven by a strong 3G growth with 114 per cent […]

February 18, 2015

$1bn triple busy day for SES

Satellite operator SES is buying three satellites in a series of orders that will cost around $1 billion in total to build and launch. One new craft, the hybrid SES-14, will replace and expand the role undertaken by NSS-806 at 47.5/48 degrees West, and add capacity to the location including backing up and providing extra […]

February 16, 2015By Chris Forrester

Astra solution for UK satellite pilot

SES has announced that its Astra Connect for Communities solution will be used in a UK Government-funded Market Test Pilot (MTP) project. These Pilot projects aim to assess which technologies and commercial models are best suited to deliver superfast broadband to the final five percent of households in the UK that currently do not have […]

February 13, 2015

Avanti losses up, backlog down

London-based satellite broadband supplier Avanti Communications reported its first-half numbers and declared widening losses ($48.1 million vs $41.8m in the same period a year ago). However, revenues were markedly up (24 per cent) from $25 million to $31.1 million. Avanti also reported that they had raised an extra £60.6 million ($90.7m) in new capital via […]

February 6, 2015By Chris Forrester

O3b adds key Pacific clients

O3b, the satellite-by-broadband constellation that aims to reach ‘the other 3 billion’ people who have little or no access to Internet services, has added some important Pacific clients. It is now saying that O3b is the largest provider of satellite capacity over the Pacific region. Norfolk Telecom, situated halfway between Australia and New Zealand, and […]

January 19, 2015

Astra 2G successfully launched

SES’s Astra 2G satellite has been successfully launched on an ILS Proton Breeze M booster at 03:37:49 Baikonur time (22:37:49 CET and 16:37:49 EST on December 27th). After a nine-hour, 12-minute mission, the Breeze M upper stage of the Proton rocket successfully released the Astra 2G satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Astra 2G will be […]

December 29, 2014