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Schreiber boards Against All Odds doc

Liev Schreiber will ne the narrator of the documentary film, Against All Odds: The Failure Of Russia’s Blitzkrieg. “Any film becomes alive once it acquires a voice,” said Artem Lytvynenko, the director. “Liev Schreiber was extremely engaged in the process, he cares about what’s going on in Ukraine. He has recently visited Kyiv and saw […]

December 15, 2022

Russia gets approval for satellite broadband

Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, Russia has succeeded in gaining regulatory approval for a global broadband-by-satellite constellation. The project – called Sphere – already has one satellite in orbit, a ”demonstration” SkyF-D craft, launched on October 22nd. Russian Space Agency Roscosmos is backing the scheme, and the Russian government has plans to invest some […]

December 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Satellite operators try and solve EU dilemma

The EU has demanded that Eutelsat and SES curtail their carriage of Russian channels. But the demands, which affect Eutelsat more than SES, are extremely tough to resolve. Almost all broadcasters have taken down RT, the former Russia Today, following on from decisions by the likes of the UK’s media regulator Ofcom. Eutelsat has also […]

November 25, 2022

EU complains again over sat-links to Russia

Thirty-nine members of the European parliament have written to the EU’s top legal officials demanding that Europe’s two giant satellite operators immediately take down Russian-backed channels from their portfolios of broadcasts. Various EU officials have already complained about Eutelsat’s carriage of Russian channels. Eutelsat has said it wants to be politically neutral and in addition […]

November 23, 2022

Russia working on satellite constellation

Russia is working on Skif, the name of a proposed satellite constellation to rival the likes of Elon Musk’s Starlink and Jeff Bezos’ Project Kuiper. Russia’s TASS news agency reports that Skif is planned to commence deployment around the planet in 2025. Russia’s Skif satellite constellation is being developed to provide cheap and high-speed internet […]

November 17, 2022By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat warned to cease Russian operations

Andrus Ansip, the former European Commission’s vice president, has again criticised satellite operator Eutelsat for not ceasing its relationship with Russia. Ansip, also a former prime minister of Estonia, is accusing Eutelsat of collaborating with Russia. Ansip was following up his previous October 18th condemnation of Eutelsat. This time he has been unequivocal in his […]

November 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

Are Eutelsat’s problems just beginning?

Eve Berneke, CEO at Eutelsat, cannot be blamed for attempting to look forward as she seeks to re-establish the satellite operator into a new beast which will offer both geostationary and low Earth orbit connectivity once its merger with OneWeb happens. But the market clearly doesn’t yet totally share her view that ‘jam tomorrow’ is […]

October 18, 2022

Eutelsat confirms Russian satellite status

Eutelsat has released its Consolidated Financial Statement saying that, as at June 30th (the end of its financial year), some 6.7 per cent of its revenues were “exposed” to Russian customers. “The Group had no significant exposure to Ukraine in terms of revenues. The Group also leases capacity on four satellites owned by the Russian […]

October 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

OneWeb compensated for Russia cancellations

OneWeb has reportedly reached an agreement with Arianespace over the cancelled Russian launches of OneWeb’s satellites. The cancellation came about because of the Russian war with Ukraine, and which impacted OneWeb. However, the actual launch contract was between OneWeb and Arianespace, and it was Arianespace which held the relationship with Russia. Russia currently is holding […]

September 8, 2022

OneWeb suffers $229m hit on Russian launches

Constellation operator OneWeb, itself in the process of merging with Paris-based Eutelsat, has booked a $229 million (€230.9m) impairment charge caused by the ending of its six-launch contract with Russia’s Soyuz rockets because of “geo-political” problems. OneWeb has also seen 36 of its costly satellites stuck at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and now unlikely to be […]

September 5, 2022By Chris Forrester