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Bad news is good news for Eutelsat shares

The Paris bourse share market responded exceptionally well to the potential bad news of Rodolphe Belmer’s departure from Eutelsat. In early trading Eutelsat’s share price rose a full 1 percent in early trading to €12.60 and matching its recent peak of €12.60 at the height of the Patrick Drahi unsolicited €3.2 billion take-over bid, and […]

October 21, 2021

Survey: 50% don’t know difference between 4G and 5G

A report on the UK take-up of 5G telecom services from analysts at Deloitte says that since the launch of 5G back in 2019 only about 5 per cent of consumers have adopted 5G plans. More worrying, says Deloitte, is that over 50 per cent of respondents said they didn’t know the difference between 4G […]

October 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

Macron’s €30bn includes Space Force

Two years ago, French president Emmanuel Macron said he would create a Space Force. On October 12th, he backed up his promise with a €30 billion commitment for investment in France’s high-tech sectors. “We want to have Elon Musks in France,” he told an audience at the Elysée Palace. Macron said that Musk and his […]

October 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

More bidders for Eutelsat?

The bid for Eutelsat by businessman Patrick Drahi, rejected by the satellite company, might well trigger other bidders to enter the picture. Sami Kassab, equity analyst at investment bank Exane/BNPP, poses some interesting suggestions as to potential rival bidders to Drahi. Kassab argues that the key to anyone’s success in the validation of the bid […]

October 5, 2021

Eutelsat bid “raises all boats”

Eutelsat shareholders had a prosperous day on September 30th when the company’s share price rose dramatically by an initial 15.6 per cent (to €11.97), just below Patrick Drahi’s reported €12 bid. Eutelsat confirmed receipt of the bid, and rejected the approach. This suggests either Drahi doesn’t have the backing of state-backed BPI or else – […]

October 1, 2021

Ascential acquires OneSpace

Content optimisation business OneSpace has been bought by Ascential (which was formerly publishing giant EMAP). Ascential, in a statement highlights OneSpace’s appeal: “Underpinned by its SaaS (Software as a Service) model, OneSpace manages product specific content catalogues, enables the creation of original material and customises content in order to drive higher sales across multiple products […]

September 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bank: Turbulent times for China’s video game sector

The enthusiasm for video games and gaming shows no signs of fading. Industry data shows that global stock market growth for the games sector was up 3.6 per cent last week. Even the more modest indicator from Morgan Stanley (the MSCI World) Index showed growth for the week of 1 per cent. But there could […]

September 7, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bank: Gaming a “smart move” for Netflix

The news that Netflix has made a key appointment to its game development division is good news for the streamer says a report from equity analysts at investment bank Exane/BNPP. Mike Verdu will join Netflix as VP/game development, reporting to COO Greg Peters, the company has confirmed. Verdu was previously Facebook’s VP/in charge of working […]

July 16, 2021

Bank: “Strong rebound for ProSiebenSat.1”

A comprehensive report from investment bank Exane/BNPP on German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 says that next year Germany and its television ad-market will be the first European market to have recovered to 2019 and pre-Covid levels. The bank’s study says that it expects a “strong rebound” for advertising this coming half-year and into 2022. Consequently, it has […]

July 7, 2021By Chris Forrester

Starlink: 69,420 subs and growing

June 30th saw a routine SpaceX launch lifting 88 smaller satellites into orbit on its Transporter-2 special flight. The Falcon 9 rocket booster landed some 10 minutes later back onto its concrete launch pad. It was yet another success for the Elon Musk concept of reusable rockets. But the news was somewhat overshadowed by a […]

July 1, 2021By Chris Forrester