Advanced Television


Forecast: FWA equipment spend to surge

According to a report by Dell’Oro Group, a source for market information about the telecommunications, security, networks and data centre industries, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) has surged in recent years to support both residential and enterprise connectivity due to its ease of deployment along with the more widespread availability of 4G LTE and 5G Sub-6GHz […]

January 17, 2024

Kuiper manages 100 Gb/s laser links

A prototype pair of Project Kuiper satellites have managed to exchange data at rates of up to 100 Gb/s in space laser trials. The two satellites were launched in October and the laser links activated despite the satellites travelling at almost 1000 kilometres per hour and with 999 kilometres (621 miles) separating the two spacecraft. […]

December 18, 2023By Chris Forrester

Kuiper shocks with rival SpaceX bookings

Amazon’s Project Kuiper mega-constellation has surprisingly ordered three rocket launches from rival SpaceX. It seems the SpaceX launches are needed to ensure that Kuiper meets its ITU obligations to orbit 50 per cent of its 3,236 fleet by July-2026. Coincidentally, the order comes at the same time as a lawsuit from an institutional investor is […]

December 4, 2023

Amazon CEO: “Kuiper has tested 4K”

Andy Jassy, Amazon’s CEO, says its Project Kuiper broadband system has tested two-way video calls and the delivery of 4K movies. “Five years ago, Project Kuiper was just an idea in a working backwards product development document. In early October, we launched our first satellite prototypes, and after validation of all key systems and sub-systems, […]

November 20, 2023By Chris Forrester

Kuiper 1 & 2 ready for launch

Two prototype Amazon Project Kuiper satellites are due for launch today (october 6th), subject to last-minute weather considerations. Project Kuiper will be a direct challenger to Elon Musk’s Starlink. The launch will take place from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on an Atlas V rocket with the launch window opening at 2pm […]

October 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

Blue Origin boss steps down

Bob Smith, CEO at the Amazon/Bezos-backed Blue Origin rocket company, is stepping down. He’ll stay in post for the time being in what seem to be a harmonious transfer to Dave Limp who has run Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband division. Blue Origin has suffered some considerable challenges over the past few years and the consensus […]

September 26, 2023By Chris Forrester

The end in sight for Geo-sats?

Euroconsult used their Paris World Satellite Business Week conference to make a dramatic forecast in suggesting that geostationary satellite capacity would shrink to “meaningless” amounts within the next five years, with non-Geo constellations providing 95 per cent or more of global satcom capacity by 2028. Euroconsult’s data showed that today’s non-geo constellations were almost all […]

September 13, 2023

Amazon hit by lawsuit over Kuiper broadband

A pension fund which is a shareholder in Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the directors of Amazon alleging that they failed to consider SpaceX as a launch supplier for the Project Kuiper broadband by satellite scheme. The writ, filed in Delaware’s Chancery Court, argues that the directors “acted in bad faith” in approving the […]

September 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

Project Kuiper pair get launch date

The first two Project Kuiper broadband demo satellites are set to launch in September. The two satellites are very much prototypes and will test orbital frequencies and functionality. “We’ll use findings from the mission to help finalise design, deployment, and operational plans for our commercial satellite system, which will provide reliable, affordable broadband to customers […]

August 8, 2023By Chris Forrester

Report: The Rise of Constellations

A report from analysts at Northern Sky Research (NSR) titled The Rise of Constellations reminds NSR clients that the emergence on non-Geostationary satellites is dramatically changing the satellite industry. NSR says: “Starlink, OneWeb & mPower are in their advanced stages, and upcoming constellations such as Kuiper, Telesat and others are deploying or planning to deploy […]

June 13, 2023By Chris Forrester