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Eutelsat “robust” results; buying Bigblu

Eutelsat has unveiled its full year financials for the year to June 30th and used the opportunity to announce that it was buying Bigblu Broadband, a major supplier of satellite-based connectivity, for £38 million (€32.39m). Buying Bigblu means that Eutelsat will not have to create its own retail operation for broadband. CEO Rodolphe Belmer said […]

July 31, 2020By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat & Intelsat agreement on 48 degrees East

Eutelsat and Intelsat have signed a long-term agreement to operate jointly over the 48 degrees East orbital slot. Both operators have certain orbital rights to the position. Eutelsat has already built its ‘Quantum’ satellite which will be positioned at the location by the end of this year. The 48 degrees East location is considered ideal […]

July 30, 2020By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat earnings preview “in line”

Eutelsat will unveil its full year numbers (for the year to June 30th) on July 31st. The market, notwithstanding some interesting recent news releases concerning Canal Plus (for an Ethiopian DTH bundle) and Orange France and its plan to secure capacity on Eutelsat’s Konnect craft for a ‘broadband by satellite’ service over France, believes revenues […]

July 29, 2020

Eutelsat wins Canal+ DTH pay-bundle for Ethiopia

Canal+ has contracted with Eutelsat to launch a premium bundle of about 50 pay-TV channels. Canal+ will use Eutelsat’s 7C East craft on what Eutelsat describes as a “long-term multi-transponder” deal with the satellite’s dedicated Ethiopian Ku-band spot beam. Eutelsat 7C is a high-power broadcast satellite which entered into service in January 2020 and is […]

July 28, 2020By Chris Forrester

Orange’s Eutelsat order examined

July 22nd saw Eutelsat announce that French telco Orange had taken all of the available capacity targeting France on Eutelsat’s current ‘Konnect’ satellite. Sami Kassab, an equity analyst at investment bank Exane/BNPP, says that while neither party disclosed the size or value of the contract the deal was likely to involve 5-10Gb/s of High Throughput […]

July 24, 2020

Eutelsat & Orange offer satellite broadband to France

Telco giant Orange is partnering with satellite operator Eutelsat to offer consumers satellite-based broadband. The agreement is a major commitment from Orange. Orange has purchased from Eutelsat all the available capacity on the recently launched Eutelsat Konnect satellite to cover the entire French territory. “It will enable Orange’s consumer customer base, even those living in […]

July 23, 2020By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat reinvents FTA EPGs

The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) has been around in one form or another on pay-TV and certain Freesat-type platforms for as long as digital TV has been a reality. But how does a satellite operator handle around 1,000 free-to-air channels from hundreds of broadcasters and provide a common EPG that can work extremely successfully across […]

July 21, 2020By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat/Hughes object to SES/Intelsat C-band plan

Inmarsat and Hughes Network Systems have joined Eutelsat in objecting to the FCC’s current C-band auction rules. The pair say that the FCC’s incentive scheme favours Intelsat and SES and will give the two satellite giants an unfair competitive advantage. Inmarsat and Hughes (and EchoStar Satellite Services) have written to the FCC saying they agree […]

July 2, 2020By Chris Forrester

Canada, India interested in OneWeb

Ottawa-based Telesat has reportedly entered a bid for OneWeb’s satellite assets. But it isn’t alone. There will be an auction process on July 2nd in New York. The UK is widely reported to have committed to a $500 million (£405m) participation for a 20 per cent stake in OneWeb. The UK bid is said to […]

July 1, 2020By Chris Forrester

UK government bids for OneWeb stake

June 26th is ‘Bidding Day’ for OneWeb’s assets. Would-be buyers have to enter their bids for OneWeb, which is in bankruptcy.  If no – or inadequate – bids are entered, then the process goes forward to an auction of assets on July 2nd. The UK government is widely reported to have joined a consortium bidding […]

June 26, 2020By Chris Forrester