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OneWeb seeks to halve terminal costs

Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises and now a major investor in mega-constellation OneWeb, said the satellite operator was in talks with Sasken Technologies, as well as a division of India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in order to reduce the costs of the antenna terminal. OneWeb is building out its satellites and plans to launch […]

July 6, 2021

India’s Supreme Court dismisses Devas claim

The Devas vs Antrix law-suit rumbles on. India’s Supreme Court this week dismissed an application from Devas Multimedia to restrain the liquidator from taking any action pending upcoming arbitration proceedings due to heard before the High Court of India in Delhi. Devas is pursuing its claim of $562.5 million plus interest against Antrix. However, on […]

June 17, 2021By Chris Forrester

Deutsche Telekom sues Indian government

The Antrix/Devas legal actions will just not go away. The Indian government is now being sued by Deutsche Telekom (DT) for $135 million ($101 million plus interest) for its part in the ISRO/Antrix/Devas S-band litigation. In May 2020 an internationally recognised Permanent Court of Arbitration in Geneva awarded DT a substantial compensation award for its […]

May 24, 2021

SpaceX faces regulatory hurdles in India

India’s TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) regulator has been asked to object to Elon Musk’s plan to offer his Starlink broadband-by-satellite service to India. TRAI, as well as India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO), are being asked to object to SpaceX’s Starlink deployment by a group of technology giants under the umbrella Broadband India Forum […]

April 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

ISRO changes focus

India’s Space Research organisation (ISRO) has declared it will now focus on research and development. The move means ISRO will offload most of its space-related activities. ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan says that the decision will open up the company and the sector to more privately-funded participation in the space sector. “The future of space activities […]

March 17, 2021By Chris Forrester

Devas vs ISRO lawsuit continues

A 12-year lawsuit worth more than $1.2 billion between Devas Multimedia and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) looks no closer to settlement. ISRO had a commercial arm, Antrix, and in 2005 Antrix sold 70 MHz of S-band satellite capacity to Devas Multimedia. The deal was later the subject of civil and criminal proceedings in […]

February 26, 2021By Chris Forrester

India halts ISRO/Antrix payment to Devas

Last week a US Federal Court upheld a previous verdict from the International Court of Commerce (delivered on September 14th) that India Space Research Organisation and its commercial arm Antrix must pay a total of $1.2 billion to Devas Multimedia. However, November 4th saw India’s Supreme Court stay the award.  The judges, headed by Chief […]

November 6, 2020By Chris Forrester

India’s ISRO open for private business

Dr. Jitendra Singh, India’s Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, says that the private sector will be a co-traveler in India’s Space Sector Jjurney and that private companies will be provided with a level playing field in space-based activities as well as satellite launches. Speaking on October 11th he said that ISRO (India’s […]

October 13, 2020By Chris Forrester

India to privatise some ISRO functions

India State Research Organsation (ISRO) said last week that it wasn’t going to be privatised. But that hasn’t stopped plans to bring the private sector into many of its current functions. India’s government is now creating a batch of changes and reforms which will result in greater participation of India’s creative public sector and industries […]

August 24, 2020By Chris Forrester

Bharti requests ISRO’s help for OneWeb terminals

Sunil Mittal, chairman of the Bharti group of business, has spoke at length about its involvement in bankrupt satellite operator OneWeb. Bharti has committed to investment $500 million in OneWeb. The UK government is matching the investment, while a smaller sum ($50 million) will come from EchoStar’s sister company Hughes Network Systems. Japan’s SoftBank and […]

August 21, 2020