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Facebook, Eutelsat African satellite initiative

Eutelsat Communications and Facebook are partnering on a new initiative that will leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online. Under a multi-year agreement with Spacecom, the two companies will utilise the entire broadband payload on the future AMOS-6 satellite and will build a dedicated system comprising satellite capacity, gateways and terminals. In providing reach […]

October 5, 2015

Three teleports apply for Certification

The World Teleport Association (WTA) has announced that three new companies have applied for certification of their teleports under WTA’s recently launched Teleport Certification Program. Eutelsat, Globecomm and Signalhorn have joined du, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat and The Talia Group in agreeing to serve as beta customers for the program. These beta customers will assist WTA […]

September 30, 2015

Aussie ‘Sky Muster’ satellite ready to go

Australia’s $500 million NBN satellite is ready for launch by Arianespace. The 6.4 tonne, ‘Sky Muster’ satellite is designed to deliver broadband capacity to around 200,000 homes and businesses in Australia’s remote areas where internet access is “woeful”. For most users it will be their first taste of fast broadband.  Sky Muster was built by […]

September 24, 2015By Chris Forrester

BT commits to 5-10Mbps minimum speed

BT Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has unveiled the company’s ambition to deliver Britain’s digital future, cementing the nation’s future prosperity as the G20’s leading digital economy. The move follows criticism of the telco’s broadband strategy, with a number of competing players calling for the UK Competition and Markets Authority to undertake a full market investigation, […]

September 22, 2015

SES and Avanti sign spectrum deal

Satellite operators SES and Avanti have long been at loggerheads over certain frequencies at the orbital spot of 31.5 degrees East. SES claimed it has rights certain frequencies at the position, which London-based Avanti also claim is theirs. The two operators also have satellites at the position. Back in November 2012, the influential International Telecommunications […]

September 21, 2015By Chris Forrester

SES Liquid VOD, Lucid OVP

SES Platform Services is presenting a live showcase of Liquid VOD, a new solution for VoD services via satellite, at this year’s IBC. Liquid VOD is an way to distribute video content over satellite, delivering a real VoD user experience. The IBC live showcase demonstrates how satellite distribution can provide an instantaneous and enriched video […]

September 9, 2015

RDK: The worldwide route to TV Everywhere?

Major international cable service providers are backing RDK and Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, has said it is as transformational as DOCSIS. So, is RDK set to become a world standard for CPE as cable ups the innovation rate to try and match OTT challengers? Advanced Television gathered four top executives to debate the […]

August 20, 2015

Samsung backs broadband mini satellites

The head of Samsung Research America (SRA) is firmly backing the idea of a constellation of small satellites to girdle the Earth, and provide low-cost Internet for the planet’s underserved consumers. Samsung’s idea is to have 4600 small satellites circling the planet. As well as the already existing O3b twelve-satellite constellation that’s up and working, […]

August 18, 2015By Chris Forrester

AT&T completes DirecTV acquisition

US telco AT&T has completed its $48.5 billion (€44.2bn) acquisition of pay-TV provider DirecTV following the Federal Communications Commission’s approval – with conditions – of the deal. The FCC determined that granting the merger application was in the public interest. The newly-combined company will become the largest pay-TV provider in the United States and the […]

July 27, 2015By Colin Mann

Branson’s ‘Spaceport America’ 1st launch next summer?

The head of New Mexico’s Spaceport Authority told a special US investigation committee that she was hoping Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic ‘SpaceShip Two’ sub-orbital space plane would start regular commercial flights next summer, but not before July. However, Christine Anderson added something of a sting in the tail of her answer by saying that […]

July 17, 2015By Chris Forrester