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SES, Isotropic Systems partner on multi-orbit antennas

SES, with Isotropic Systems, has tested a new, versatile antenna which the pair say will be a “game changer” as far as multi-satellite (and multi-orbit) connectivity is concerned. The antenna has proven to successfully connect with SES’s satellites in their geostationary orbit as well as simultaneously connecting with an O3b satellite in medium earth orbit […]

November 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES readies SES-17 for launch site

Satellite operator SES has wrapped the performance tests for its SES-17 craft at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Cannes. It is now being prepared for its September 22nd flight to the Arianespace launch site in French Guiana. Launch date is currently set as October 22nd although weather and last-minute technology problems might delay the […]

September 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES unveils O3b mPower satellites; Microsoft deal

SES and Boeing showcased the O3b ‘second generation’ of mPower satellites in a virtual unveiling event direct from El Segundo, California on August 17th. Boeing is building 11 of the O3b mPower craft. They will operate at 8000 kms over the Earth. SES CEO Steve Collar told journalists that the first three O3b mPower satellites […]

August 18, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES H1: Video revenue decline continues

SES highlighted its “improving trajectory” of Video revenues for the six months to June 30th which were 3.9 per cent down y-o-y at €526 million. SES’s argument is that last year, its lost revenue position for H1 trading was at -8 per cent down. Its Networks division’s underlying revenue of €349 million was flat compared […]

August 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES supplies 4G services using O3b

SES says that communities living across the eastern most peninsula of Africa will be able to enjoy 4G services on their mobile phones following a three-year partnership agreement signed by fixed satellite solution and professional service provider, iSAT Africa and SES. The two companies have announced that this new service will be available initially via […]

July 15, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES joins AWS Direct Connect programme

SES has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect Delivery Partner programme. Through a technical and business review process, AWS validated SES’s ability to connect its customers directly to their AWS services over its network of multi-orbit satellites. This provides SES customers flexible, secure access to their cloud-based applications and services from virtually any […]

June 18, 2021

SES Q1: €100m share buy-back

SES used its Q1 results statement to announce a €100 million share buy-back programme, declaring that it had made a strong start to this financial year. Its currently all-important Video division is moving steadily forward. SES has seen Video revenues grow from a minus 8 per cent overall y-o-y fall to a minus 4.6 per […]

May 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

Musk gets FCC approval to lower Starlink orbits

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Elon Musk permission to lower the orbital heights of its Starlink broadband satellite system. “Specifically, we modify the license by reducing the number of satellites from 4,409 to 4,408; modifying the primary operational altitude specified for 2,814 satellites, to change it from the 1,100-1,300 km range to the […]

April 28, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES signs MoU with Kazakhstan

Just days after OneWeb signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kazakhstan, SES has done the same. SES has signed a MoU with Kazakhstan for its O3b mPOWER satellite fleet. The agreement has been signed specifically with the country’s Republican Center for Space Communications (RCSC), a subsidiary of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and […]

April 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES seeks payment from GEE

Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), a major supplier of in-flight entertainment and broadband connectivity to aircraft, is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reconstruction. It entered bankruptcy on July 22nd 2020 and has subsequently struck an agreement with a number of new investors whereby a consortium will acquire almost all of GEE for $675 million. The buying consortium […]

January 22, 2021