Advanced Television


US satellite builders prepare for sales bonanza

The US satellite industry is about to get a few billions-worth of order for new craft. The new satellites will provide the fresh bandwidth to replace the C-band frequencies being given up as a result of the FCC’s push for 5G adoption in the US. Maxar Technologies has already said it has received a “multi-satellite” […]

June 12, 2020

Report: Satcoms will recover, but investment needed

A report from Northern Sky Research (NSR) forecasts an eventual recovery for the satellite communications (satcom) market from the Covid-19 virus, but it is going to take time and investment to get back to normality. NSR says that the Covid-19 challenges will have a “deep impact” in the short to medium terms, which it expresses […]

June 10, 2020By Chris Forrester

Brazil: TV TEM selects Eutelsat 65 West A

TV TEM, an affiliate of TV Globo, has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications for capacity on its Eutelsat 65 West A satellite to distribute its programming within its concession region in the São Paulo state. The partnership has enabled TV TEM to seamlessly migrate its feeds from traditional C-Band (3.7 GHz to 4.2 […]

June 8, 2020

Intelsat Q1 loss $219m

Intelsat might be in Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, but trading continues. The satellite operator’s revenues were $458.8 million for Q1 (to March 31st) down 13 per cent, and after interest payments and other obligations, that turned into a net loss of $218.8 million for the quarter. The company reported significant downturns in Network Services (down […]

June 5, 2020By Chris Forrester

C-Band: Eutelsat complains over Intelsat/SES ‘incentives’

Eutelsat, not for the first time, has formally complained to the FCC over the Commission’s ruling that it would pay around $5 billion to both Intelsat and SES in ‘incentive payments’ for clearing certain C-band frequencies over the USA. In essence, Eutelsat is fearful that the payments – and the related reimbursements of actual costs […]

June 3, 2020By Chris Forrester

FCC confirms accelerated C-band 5G availability

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has confirmed that the repurposing of C-band spectrum for 5G services will move forward on an accelerated timeline. In a public notice, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau said it had secured commitments from all eligible satellite operators to meet an accelerated clearing timeline that will make way for faster 5G deployment […]

June 2, 2020