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Intelsat Class Action could continue

On September 28th, we reported that a California judge cleared Intelsat’s pre-bankruptcy major shareholders of a Class Action insider trading allegations. Our report was accurate, but Judge Jeffrey White, from the US District Court for the Northern District of California, left a potential sting in the tail of his ruling. The judge said that while […]

September 30, 2022

Starlink obtains Qatar licence

Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has licensed SpaceX’s Starlink to provide satellite links to the peninsula. The CRA licence authorises Starlink Satellite Qatar to provide satellite broadband Internet services to individuals and enterprises in the State of Qatar via the Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation of SpaceX, which provides comprehensive global Internet service coverage. “The […]

September 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

FCC adopts 5-year satellite deorbiting rule

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted new rules requiring satellite operators in low-Earth orbit to dispose of their satellites within five years of completing their missions. The new rules shorten the decades-old 25-year guideline for deorbiting satellites post-mission, taking an important step in a new era for space safety and orbital debris policy. The FCC […]

September 30, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom: Telcos must better support struggling customers

UK comms regulator Ofcom is urging telecoms firms to do more to support their customers through the cost-of-living crisis, as new research reveals record numbers of households are struggling to afford their communications services. Ofcom’s annual affordability study finds that nearly a third (29 per cent) of customers – around 8 million households – are […]

September 29, 2022By Colin Mann

Doreen Bogdan-Martin elected ITU Secretary-General

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have elected Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States of America as the organisation’s next Secretary-General. Bogdan-Martin will be the first woman to lead ITU, which was established in 1865 and became a United Nations specialised agency in 1947. The election took place during ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22) […]

September 29, 2022By Colin Mann

BBC World Service outlines move to digital-first service

The BBC World Service has outlined plans to accelerate its digital offering and increase impact with audiences around the globe. The broadcaster says this supports its strategy, announced earlier this year, to “create a modern, digital-led and streamlined organisation that drives the most value from the licence fee and delivers more for audiences”. Changing audience […]

September 29, 2022

Philippine anti-piracy body launched

Leading Philippine media and entertainment industry players including, Globe, GMA Network, Inc., Cignal TV, Inc, KROMA Entertainment and Smart Communications, Inc, are teaming up with trade body the Asia Video Industry Association’s (AVIA) Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) to announce the formation of the Video Coalition of the Philippines (VCP). The VCP aims to push for […]

September 29, 2022By Colin Mann

Study identifies mid-band spectrum 5G potential

Three mid-range spectrum bands offer the greatest potential for addressing the spectrum imbalance facing the US commercial wireless industry, according to a new Accenture study commissioned by wireless industry association the CTIA. The report, Spectrum Allocation in the United States, analyses the current state of radio spectrum allocation, the increasing need for licensed spectrum in […]

September 29, 2022

Gogo defends patent complaint

Gogo Inc, the private aviation In-Flight communications supplier, is in patent dispute with SmartSky. Gogo firmly denies the complaint and on September 27th, a Delaware court denied SmartSky their application for a Preliminary Injunction. The Court said a full hearing into the merits of the claim can go ahead. Under the ruling, the US District […]

September 29, 2022By Chris Forrester

Grade: ‘Ofcom not culture wars regulator’

Lord (Michael) Grade, the Chair of UK broadcast regulator Ofcom, has declared that it “will not and should not regulate the culture wars”. Delivering a keynote speech at RTS London Convention 2022, his first since taking on the role in May 2022, industry veteran Grade noted the role Ofcom would be playing in the implementation […]

September 28, 2022Colin Mann @ RTS London Convention 2022