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SES-22 launches June 29

SES has announced that SES-22 is currently being prepared for launch from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 29th. Built by Thales Alenia Space, SES-22 will operate in the 135 degrees West orbital slot and will deliver TV and radio to millions of American homes and provide other […]

June 24, 2022

Intelsat looks to wrap bankruptcy claims

Lawyers for Intelsat’s bankruptcy filed a motion to the satellite operator’s bankruptcy court saying that they will be applying for a ‘Final Decree’ on or before June 29th. The document recognises that there may be other matters and claims still outstanding after that date. Intelsat’s Fourth Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganisation was filed back on […]

June 17, 2022

SpaceX, Kuiper challenge Viasat/Inmarsat deal

Viasat of California is in the process of buying London-based Inmarsat for some $7.3 billion (€6.9bn). SpaceX is formally complaining to the FCC and says that Viasat has violated FCC rules and should not be given permission to control another company’s assets. Jeff Bezos’s Kuiper Systems is also complaining to the FCC over the Viasat/Inmarsat […]

June 15, 2022By Chris Forrester

Starlink tops 400k subs

SpaceX has told the FCC that its Starlink broadband satellite system has more than 400,000 subscribers around the world. This is a significant increase on its position at the end of March when the subscriber number was around 250,000 and at the start of the year its – then mostly Beta users – totalled about […]

May 26, 2022By Chris Forrester

Intelsat’s bankruptcy fees cost it $288m

Declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is an expensive and often risky decision. Certainly, the costs for Intelsat’s declaration to adopt Chapter 11 cost it two years of – at best – marking time, major changes to its management team and risks that it could be penalised over the long-running dispute with SES over the division […]

May 11, 2022

Viasat demands Starlink environmental review

Satellite operator Viasat, in a letter to the FCC, says there is growing evidence of the need to perform an environmental review before approving SpaceX’s Starlink application to launch another 30,000 low Earth orbiting satellites. Viasat’s Jarrett Taubman (VP/deputy chief of Government Affairs), in his letter, claims that SpaceX should not be allowed to expand […]

May 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Court hears SES vs Intelsat arguments

Judge Keith Phillips opened his hearing into ‘Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law’ in the SES vs Intelsat case on April 19th. Some 84 lawyers and other interested parties were present on a Zoom call, including Stephen Spengler – Intelsat’s CEO during the bankruptcy period . A 158-page background to Intelsat’s defence was entered […]

April 20, 2022

Nigeria: DStv ordered to freeze prices

Nigeria’s Federal Competition & Consumer Protection tribunal has confirmed a previous order to MultiChoice’s DStv and GOtv pay-TV services to stop its price increase levied on subscribers. The Tribunal, meeting in the nation’s Abuja capital, ruled on April 11 that MultiChoice cannot increase subscription prices pending a full hearing to determine the arguments for and […]

April 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES unseals Court docs for April 19 hearing

Lawyers for SES in its action against Intelsat over the division of C-band proceeds, have unsealed 142 pages of evidence, many of which had previously redacted segments. The document, filed last week and now in the public domain, goes into considerable detail over the $9.7 billion (€8.9bn) in Accelerated Relocation Payments from the FCC. SES […]

April 12, 2022

Intelsat: C-band transition update

Intelsat has updated the FCC with its final report on its C-band transition. One of the 601-page document’s major elements its listing each of its clients and their Earth stations and which of them elected to take cash from Intelsat for their local filter work instead of allowing Intelsat to undertake the tasks. “Undertaking the […]

April 1, 2022