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Satellite CEOs: “2021 better than expected”

This past year has been full of continued Covid problems and a near-absence of lucrative cruise ship passengers and crews as well as much-curtailed airline traffic which combined to severely limit revenues for In Flight business communications and cruise holiday-makers (and their families). However, the consensus from satellite industry executives is that while this past […]

December 21, 2021

Analyst: EchoStar returns to growth

A report from analysts at Quilty Analytics says that Charlie Ergen-backed satellite operation EchoStar is returning to growth mode. The firm says that EchoStar has reported its third consecutive quarter-year of solid top-line growth coupled with double-digit bottom-line growth. “In an unusual twist, however, the majority of this growth was driven by enterprise/equipment demand, including […]

November 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

Astra wants 13,620 broadband satellites

Last week it was aerospace giant Boeing which received permission from the FCC to launch a broadband constellation of 147 satellites. California-based Astra Space has gone much better. It applied to the FCC on November 4th to “ultimately” launch 13,620 satellites. But Astra and Boeing are not alone. The FCC has received fresh requests from […]

November 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Forecast: Satellite IoT subs base to reach 15.7m by 2025

According to a research report from specialist IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the global satellite IoT communications market is growing at a good steady pace. Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the global satellite IoT subscriber base grew to surpass 3.4 million in 2020. The number of satellite IoT subscribers will increase at a […]

October 11, 2021

Indonesia’s DTP selects Hughes Network

EchoStar-owned Hughes Network Systems has won a contract from Indonesian internet service provider PT Dwi Tunggal Putra (DTP) for Hughes’ Jupiter System and to connect with 1400 rural locations on the many islands of Indonesia and Papua. This is a major contract for Hughes and will see DTP use capacity on Korea’s KTSAT 7 (KT7) […]

September 10, 2021

EchoStar proposes settlement of Dish Class Action

A proposed settlement has been reached on behalf of holders of EchoStar common stock as of August 19th 2019 and who received shares of Class A common stock of Dish Network. The action, started in the name of the City of Hallandale Police & Firefighters Retirement Trust (based in Florida) and with Charlie Ergen and […]

August 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

EchoStar prepares for key launch

EchoStar, a business owned by Charlie Ergen, has a crucial date on June 25th for a rocket and satellite launch. If the satellite is successfully put into orbit then Ergen will secure near-global rights to S-band licences. If it doesn’t work – and two previous attempts have failed – then Ergen’s permissions to use the […]

June 24, 2021

EchoStar faces S-band deadline

Denver-based EchoStar is facing an ITU obligation on S-band implementation which has to commence by August 10th. Two nano-satellites, designed to operate in S-band and launched for EchoStar, have failed to reach orbit. The ITU obligation actually expired in April but an extension was made until August to permit EchoStar to launch and ‘bring into […]

June 10, 2021By Chris Forrester

Hughes Network offers dual-transport S-band terminal

Hughes Network Systems, part of the EchoStar family, is debuting what it claims is a ‘first-of-its-kind’ dual-transport satellite/cellular hybrid terminal for S-band connectivity. The Hughes 4510 terminal intelligently routes IP traffic via terrestrial or mobile satellite system (MSS) networks – enabling reliable, ubiquitous connectivity for critical applications. The new technology will, in particular, enhance connectivity […]

May 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

Ergen pockets $95m

Charlie Ergen, who is a major shareholder in Dish Network and EchoStar, has enjoyed a bump in his overall salary and compensation. Ergen is not quite in the same league as Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, but this past year his total compensation has rocketed from $2.36 million to $94.7 million although a large portion […]

March 22, 2021