Advanced Television


Are LEO operators risking too much?

Once upon a time there were many would-be alternative cellular carriers expecting to tap into the world’s seemingly insatiable demand for bandwidth. Names such as WorldCom, Global Crossing and Teledesic each raised billions, and flew too close to the sun during the so-called Tech Boom, and each ended in bankruptcy. The problem is that the […]

September 20, 2023

First Tech Web selects Albabtain LeBlanc

First Tech Web Company – a joint venture between OneWeb, the UK-based global communications agency and low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite service provider, and TONOMUS, a tech company powering an ecosystem of cognitive technologies at NEOM – has selected Albabtain LeBlanc, a Saudi Arabian construction company, to construct a satellite station in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. […]

September 20, 2023

Arabsat unveils new look

Arabsat used IBC to display its new house style. Alhamedi Alanezi, President & CEO of Arabsat, said: “The satellite industry is experiencing rapid advancements, and we are proud to be driving innovation that responds to these dynamic changes. With our new brand identity, we are reinforcing our commitment to delivering unmatched value and services to […]

September 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

Forecast: 5G satellite networks to add $17bn revenue by 2030

Research from Juniper Research, a specialist in telecommunications markets, has found that operators will generate $17 billion (€15.9bn) of additional revenue from 3GPP (Third-generation Partnership Project)‑compliant 5G satellite networks between 2024 and 2030. It urges operators to sign partnerships with SNOs (Satellite Network Operators) which will enable operators to launch monetisable satellite-based 5G services to […]

September 18, 2023

Ofcom boost for maritime satellite connectivity

UK comms regulator Ofcom has made changes to its Earth Station Networks licence to confirm that non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellites can deliver the latest space-based broadband services to ships and boats. At the same time, the new measures are designed to help Ofcom protect other services, such as radio astronomy, from harmful interference. Every satellite […]

September 15, 2023By Colin Mann

Mynaric reports 75% increase in backlog

Munich-headquartered Mynaric makes inter-satellite laser links (more correctly called optical communications terminals). It has just reported its half-year results, which show continued demand for its products. The news release highlighted that Mynaric has raised €80.6 million growth capital in April 2023 via a $75 million 5-year term loan debt and equity issuance to US-based global […]

September 15, 2023By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat-6 a complete loss?

Inmarsat’s latest satellite, its I6-F2 craft, has not been manoeuvred since its power failure anomaly was reported. Inmarsat, now owned by Viasat, has not made any announcement but the fear is that the craft will be declared a total loss. Ground observations state that I6-F2’s orbit has changed only very slightly and those likely due […]

September 14, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES links with Starlink for cruise ships

SES is creating what it describes as a “first time ever” service for cruise liners. It is using its own O3b mid-Earth orbiting (MEO) satellites and linking with SpaceX’s Starlink’s low-Earth orbiting (LEO) system on a single managed solution for the cruise industry. The joint offering – SES Cruise mPOWERED + Starlink – integrated, sold […]

September 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arianespace wins Intelsat launch contract

Intelsat has signed a launch contract for their Intelsat IS-45 satellite. The flight will see the Intelsat craft sharing the cargo bay with a co-passenger, as yet unnamed. The launch target is H1 2026. This year marks the fourth decade since Arianespace began its storied relationship with Intelsat. Arianespace launched Intelsat 507 aboard an Ariane 1 […]

September 13, 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