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India wants new satellite gateways

India’s telecom regulator TRAI is inviting comments and ideas as to how the nation can set up new satellite gateways and Earth stations which are needed to cope with rising demand for satellite-based connectivity. TRAI, working to a brief from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) earlier in September, is to supply recommendations covering the licencing […]

November 17, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb signs insurance agreement through Marsh

OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, has signed an insurance agreement for an aggregate insured value of over $1 billion through Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor. Marsh arranged a multi-launch insurance programme covering physical loss or damage to the remaining GEN 1 satellites and launch vehicles with a […]

September 2, 2021

Analyst: “OneWeb positioned for success”

Quilty Analytics, a specialist in research on the satellite and space sectors, says that low Earth orbiting (LEO) broadband satellite operator OneWeb is well placed for success. OneWeb’s next batch of satellites are scheduled to launch on September 14th. Quilty says that following the launch “OneWeb will have deployed about half of its 648-satellite constellation […]

August 31, 2021By Chris Forrester

Mega-constellations: Merger discussions underway?

SES CEO Steve Collar, SES’s CEO in an interview on the topic of satellite industry merger activity, admitted that he was sure that “everyone’s talking to everyone”. Collar added, in the interview carried by Bloomberg, that because Space is “essentially a fixed-cost industry, so the scale that’s generated from consolidation can be important financially. And […]

August 23, 2021

OneWeb seeks to halve terminal costs

Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises and now a major investor in mega-constellation OneWeb, said the satellite operator was in talks with Sasken Technologies, as well as a division of India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in order to reduce the costs of the antenna terminal. OneWeb is building out its satellites and plans to launch […]

July 6, 2021

OneWeb fully funded with extra Bharti cash

Bharti Global has invested an extra $500 million (€420.5m) into satellite constellation OneWeb. It means that the business is fully funded at $2.4 billion. The extra cash from Bharti means that it now owns 38.6 per cent of the business. The other key investors, Eutelsat, the UK government and Softbank, are each holding 19.3 per […]

June 29, 2021By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat takes stake in OneWeb

Eutelsat is taking a 24 per cent stake in UK/India-owned low Earth orbiting business OneWeb. Eutelsat will invest $500 million (€455.4m) in the company, which “almost” fully funds the satellite venture. Eutelsat will use its FCC-granted ‘incentive’ payment for giving up its C-band frequencies over the US to fund its stake. In a press statement, […]

April 28, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bharti Airtel buys back 20% from Warburg Pincus

Bharti Airtel operates one of India’s giant DTH businesses with some 18 million subscribers. Twenty per cent of Airtel DTH was held by US private equity investors Warburg Pincus. Bharti is to buy back that investment. Bharti Airtel says it will pay 31.26 billion Rupees (about €354m) to Warburg Pincus. Airtel had sold the stake […]

February 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

Report: Tata Sky leads Indian DTH

A report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) says that Tata Sky is now leading TV market in India as far as DTH is concerned, with more than 32 per cent of the market, followed by the Essel Group’s Dish TV (27 per cent) and then Bharti’s Airtel Digital TV with a 24.6 per cent […]

February 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

All change for UK space policy

The UK government has changed how it looks after its embryonic space activity. It has decided to remove responsibility for the development of rocket sites, space policy and strategy from the UK Space Agency and to bring the controls and supervision into its Department for Business. The move may be unconnected but the Space Agency’s […]

February 1, 2021