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OneWeb close to India approvals

OneWeb looks set to shortly receive the crucial landing rights and market access approvals from the Indian government to deploy its global satellite systems for launching broadband from space services in this year later this year. OneWeb has applied to the Indian National Space Promotion & Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) – a central regulatory body mandated […]

April 27, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: 2021 a record year for space start-ups

Bryce Tech, in its annual review of investment in commercial space ventures, says that last year was a record in terms of investment in space start-ups. Start-up space companies attracted more than $15 billion in total financing during 2021, shattering the $7.7 billion record set in 2020. The number of recipients and deals both increased […]

April 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

Bank examines Jio, SES deal

A major Joint Venture from Reliance Jio, the giant Indian telco, and satellite operator SES, which will see Jio use the SES capacity for broadband connectivity for its Indian customers. Investment bank Exane/BNPP says the move is a major endorsement for SES and in particular its mPower fleet of satellites. The bank says: “The endorsement […]

February 15, 2022

OneWeb readies for Australia launch

OneWeb has linked with two Australian telecommunications organisations to offer its satellite broadband service. The deals will see Vocus and Field Solutions Group (FSG), resell OneWeb’s wholesale and retail Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity services to consumers, governments and enterprises in Australia. Vocus was announced as OneWeb’s first distribution partner in Australia in December […]

January 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

OneWeb, Hughes confirm India plan

Broadband constellation operator OneWeb has confirmed its relationship with Hughes Network Systems and detailed its plan to serve India’s towns, villages, and local and regional municipalities in those hardest-to-reach areas, playing a critical role in bridging the digital divide. Hughes Network Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colorado-based EchoStar. The agreement, first outlined in September […]

January 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

India: Starlink must refund deposits

Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband by satellite service is to return deposits paid by would-be subscribers in India. The satellite operator has been directed by India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) to refund these pre-order deposits until such time as the company is permitted to operate in India. At the moment, while it has applied for an […]

January 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

India: Hughes, Airtel form broadband JV

Hughes Communications India, a majority-owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, a satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks company, and Bharti Airtel, a communications solutions provider, have announced the formation of a joint venture to provide satellite broadband services in India. Operational as HCIPL, the entity combines the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) businesses of both […]

January 5, 2022

India: Dish TV denies Bharti sale

India’s satellite broadcasting giant Dish TV has firmly denied that it is involved in selling a stake to DTH TV rival Bharti Airtel. Local reports had suggested that Bharti was buying a 5.93 per cent stake in Dish TV. Dish, in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, said it was not aware of any […]

December 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb next launch on Dec 27

Russia’s Roscomos space agency says that the next batch of OneWeb satellites will launch on December 27th, subject to the usual weather conditions. Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin, talking at the EAEU business forum Space Integration on Decenber 3rd, said: “The launch of a Soyuz-2.1b rocket with OneWeb satellites is planned for December 27.” The launch, […]

December 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb loses a satellite at 1200km

OneWeb says it has suffered a failure of one of its broadband satellites. The craft, which orbits at 1200km, was said by OneWeb to be one of a batch launched early last year and the failure is blamed on a software problem. Other satellites in the fleet were updated from the ground and the malfunction […]

November 17, 2021By Chris Forrester