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Data: Global Internet access grows 3% in 2023

At the end of last year 64 per cent of the world’s population, 5.4 billion people, had access to the Internet according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). That number has grown to 67 per cent this in 2023. But the ITU also says there are huge regional disparities in addition to the obvious differences […]

November 30, 2023By Chris Forrester

Iran upset over Starlink’s local users

There was a time when satellite dish owners in certain countries would be forced to disguise their dishes because of local bans and prohibitions. Owners in Saudi Arabia used to cover their large C-band dishes with parasols so that observing helicopters could not ‘see’ the equipment. Indeed, some owners in nearby Qatar, where a dish […]

October 9, 2023

Terran Orbital outlines Rivada schedule

Terran Orbital is building an initial 300 satellite (288 craft plus 12 spares) mega-constellation for Rivada Space. However, Rivada is on an extremely tight launch schedule in order to comply with International Telecommunications Union (ITU) obligations. Terran has outlined its delivery plans for the next few years as far as the first batch of satellites […]

August 17, 2023

Rivada partners with IEC Telecom

Rivada Space Networks, fresh with the positive news from the ITU’s Radio Regulations Board that its planned launches for two 300 satellite constellations can go ahead, has announced a partnership with IEC Telecom for land and maritime connectivity. Rivada is seeking business for its ‘OuterNet’ satellite scheme and supplying large quantities of data to government […]

July 12, 2023By Chris Forrester

Iran gets ITU permission for a new satellite

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has approved Iran’s request to place a satellite at 43.5 degrees East. The history behind this Iranian craft goes back to 2016 and deadline after deadline missed. The concept was moving forward in 2017 when Iran signed an agreement with SES and where SES would place a temporary satellite at […]

July 7, 2023By Chris Forrester

Rivada confirms launch timetable

Rivada Space Networks has confirmed its plans to launch two satellite mega-constellations. The news emerged after the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) approved a request to permit a delay in the launch obligations for the two low Earth orbiting constellations. The ITU’s Radio Regulations Board has waived the requirement that Rivada put 10 per cent of […]

July 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

Indonesia asks ITU for more time for new satellites

Indonesia is at risk of running out of time to bring into use its stop-gap craft (GS-1) for the important Nusantara-3/Satria-1 satellite. It is asking the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for more time. If granted, it will be the fourth such extension of time allowed by the ITU. The small GS-1 satellite was launched on […]

June 15, 2023By Chris Forrester

ITU problems for Rivada Networks

Rivada Networks wants to build and launch 600 satellites in a mega-constellation. However, the business is on a tight timetable as far as its launch schedule is concerned and badly needs the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to relax its rules. The first batch of satellites, numbering 300, are already on order. Rivada had hoped that […]

March 29, 2023

Indonesia’s Satria-1 suffers further delays

Indonesia’s important 150 Gb/s broadband satellite, Satria-1, is already late in being delivered from its manufacturers with delays caused by component shortages from Covid-related problems. The craft was due for launch in March 2022, then March 2023 which will be missed. Now, Indonesia is asking the ITU in Geneva to permit a delay of its […]

January 6, 2023

Mangata raises $100m for Scottish satellites

Mangata Networks has raised $100 million (€95.4m) from (mostly) Scottish investors to fund the development of a satellite manufacturing plant at Prestwick, Scotland. Mangata, headed up by Brian Holz, says its new facility will combine R&D, engineering, manufacturing and operations at the Scottish site. In January it raised $33 million from a group of investors […]

December 7, 2022By Chris Forrester