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SoftBank wraps 5G test of HAPS over Rwanda

A High-Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) – a very high-flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft – has wrapped a demo stratosphere flight delivering 5G connectivity over Rwanda. The exercise was backed by Japanese media conglomerate SoftBank. The aircraft delivered two-way 5G connections for 73 minutes from a height of almost 17 kms. The test included a ZOoom video […]

October 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Wyler now involved with 400,000+ satellites

Our recent report on Greg Wyler’s e-Space filing via the French spectrum regulator with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for 116,640 new C-band satellites contained an error. We said that the new French filing for frequencies meant that his previous application using Rwanda for 327,000 satellites had “evidently died”. We were wrong. The Rwandan filings, […]

June 30, 2023

BBC orders thematic review into migration output

The BBC Board has commissioned a thematic review of the Corporation’s migration output, which is says is “part of its responsibility for setting and monitoring editorial standards across the BBC”. The review will assess BBC coverage of major migration topics affecting the UK. Expert on migration data Madeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory based […]

May 19, 2023

Rwanda’s Space Agency partners with Atlas Space

Rwanda’s Space Agency (RSA) has signed a strategic partnership with Atlas Space Operations to utilise a teleport in Rwanda. RSA is building a major teleport capable of hosting multiple ground stations to serve and connect with satellites in different orbits. The partnership with Atlas Space Operations – signed by Mike Carey, co-founder and COO at […]

February 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

E-Space acquires CommAgility

Would be mega-constellation operator E-Space, which wants to build 300,000 small satellites, has acquired hardware developer CommAgility. E-Space is managed by serial entrepreneur Greg Wyler. E-Space, using Rwandan frequencies, has paid $14.5 million (€13.8m) for CommAgility. The company is based in Loughborough, UK. CommAgilty has some 50 staff and the company specialises in managing systems […]

December 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Wyler: “Comms future must be heterogeneous”

Greg Wyler, a serial entrepreneur who founded O3b, OneWeb and now the Rwanda-backed e-Space concept of 300,000 low Earth orbiting satellites, explained to delegates his vision for satellite industry at the Riyadh Connecting the World from the Skies event. He said 10 years from now there should be no difference between satellite and terrestrial. “Everything […]

November 17, 2022

Rwanda’s E-Space adds senior staff

Rwanda is backing a scheme to launch 300,000 satellites into low Earth orbit. The project, E-Space, is being advised as CEO by serial satellite entrepreneur Greg Wyler (who was instrumental in forming O3b and OneWeb). E-Space is now hiring senior staffers. Production of the satellite fleet is due to commence next year. E-Space has now […]

August 26, 2022By Chris Forrester

Rwanda still wants 300,000+ satellites

Last year, the tiny African state of Rwanda registered several constellations of small satellites with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), totalling more than 300,000 units. It insists it wants to go ahead with the project but wants to ensure strict safety and debris removal for its satellite users. Anuarite Umwari, Rwanda’s Space Agency legal and […]

June 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

First batch of Rwandan satellites readied

The small African state of Rwanda has filings for more than 300,000 small satellites in its E-Space business. Satellite entrepreneur Greg Wyler is behind the scheme. He helped found O3b and OneWeb. Their first demonstration satellites are readying for launch. Three prototype satellites are to be launched as part of a 34-payload mission carried into […]

April 12, 2022By Chris Forrester

Rwanda will launch 3 test LEO satellites

Rwanda has, the landlocked republic lying south of the Equator in east-central Africa plans – and has official filings lodged – to launch more than 100,000 small satellites for broadband connectivity. The country’s project, named E-Space, used the Washington Satellite 2022 event to say that it had contracted with Rocket Lab and its Electron rocket […]

March 23, 2022