Advanced Television


Delays hit launch of SES O3b satellites

The new fleet of SES-owned O3b mPOWER satellites are suffering what CEO Ruy Pinto has described as occasional “hiccups” in their power modules. Corrective measures are being taken but it means a delay to the launch of mPOWER craft No 5 and 6. The two satellites are already much delayed and were expected to be […]

September 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

Bank: SES, Starlink partnering “makes sense”

The commercial agreement between SES and SpaceX’s Starlink to jointly serve the fast-growing cruise market is a major move for both businesses. SES, using its O3b medium Earth orbiting (MEO) satellites, and SpaceX’s Starlink, both have existing relationships with cruise lines. This new relationship will see SES sell and manage multi-orbit connectivity services into the […]

September 15, 2023

SES vs Intelsat C-band payments: Court dates set

The long-running legal action from SES arguing for a greater share of the FCC’s C-band compensation payments, and which demands Intelsat honour its 50/50 agreement with SES, has now set some key dates for the action. SES has already received a positive Appeal verdict from the US District Court and now the lower Bankruptcy Court […]

September 14, 2023

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

SES extends UKTV broadcast deal

SES and UKTV have agreed to extend their UK and ROI capacity agreement at SES’s key TV neighbourhood at 28.2 degrees East through to the end of the decade. In addition to the renewed transponder for UKTV’s bouquet of channels, the agreement will see SES provide new uplinking and ground services and give UKTV the […]

September 12, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES wraps testing of O3b’s latest satellites

SES, following the launch and in-orbit testing of the first two O3b mPOWER satellites, has been performing a series of further system validation tests encompassing both space and ground components, including key Radio Frequency (RF) end-to-end testing. The recent successful RF tests efforts validated many key ground and space infrastructure components, and in particular SES’s […]

September 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

Mexico: CFE TEIT taps SES’s Mobile Backhaul service

Expanding on a partnership to close the connectivity divide across Mexico, CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos (CFE TEIT) and SES have announced the delivery of voice and data services enabled by SES’s Mobile Backhaul solution to 400 underserved, remote villages and communities across the country via the SES-17 Ka-band satellite. CFE TEIT is leveraging […]

September 8, 2023

Intelsat bankruptcy court reopens SES claim

The US Bankruptcy Court looking into the long-running claim by SES for a greater share of the FCC’s C-band compensation payments has reopened the claim. The move follows the verdict given in June by an Appeal Court that upheld the SES claim. The overall amount being claimed is $421 million (€391.7m), but there will be […]

September 5, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES Space & Defense awarded US AFRL contract

SES Space & Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES focused on delivering satellite network solutions for the US Government, has been awarded a multi-year contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to conduct a series of tests to integrate space broadband services across a multi-orbit satellite network in support of the Defense Experimentation […]

September 5, 2023

Telemor, SES expand partnership

Telemor, the mobile operator in Timor-Leste, and SES have announced the renewal of their eight-year partnership which involves enabling Telemor to deliver upgraded mobile connectivity to residents and businesses in Timor-Leste. Under the new agreement, Telemor will increase its service uptake on SES’s O3b constellation operating in medium earth orbit (MEO). Partners since 2015, Telemor […]

September 1, 2023