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Mega-constellations: Merger discussions underway?

SES CEO Steve Collar, SES’s CEO in an interview on the topic of satellite industry merger activity, admitted that he was sure that “everyone’s talking to everyone”. Collar added, in the interview carried by Bloomberg, that because Space is “essentially a fixed-cost industry, so the scale that’s generated from consolidation can be important financially. And […]

August 23, 2021

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

Crunch time approaches for SES vs Intelsat

SES and Intelsat have listed their respective witnesses for the upcoming trial between the two litigants over the SES claim for a larger share of the FCC’s incentive payments in regard to their alleged C-band agreement. The action is expected to commence on September 20th. The two parties were obliged to issue their list of […]

August 18, 2021

SES shares up 9% on results optimism

SES saw an impressive jump in its share price on August 4th, up 8.96 per cent to €7.07 per share (and at one point hitting €7.13) helped by favourable analyst comments and a general air of optimism backed by solid results. Steve Collar told analysts that the decline in Video division revenues was easing (“flattening […]

August 5, 2021

SES: ‘UHD expansion and more C-band opportunities’

During its results call with analysts, SES explained that its “unparalleled reach” continued to expand. Back in 2016, it reached some 325 million homes (more than a billion people) and was delivering about 7,741 channels. By Q3/2020 its channel count had expanded to 8,157, the Number 1 supplier of channels in the industry. Drilling down […]

February 26, 2021

SES vs Intelsat C-band claim gets specific

Intelsat’s bankruptcy court on December 3rd said the dispute between SES Americom and Intelsat would go to trial next June. The news coincides with a 126-page filing to Intelsat’s court from SES which pulls no punches in its claims. At the heart of the legal dispute between SES and Intelsat is an argument over Intelsat’s […]

December 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

SES scraps plans to split

SES has unveiled its Q3 and nine-month numbers, and also announced that it has cancelled plans to divide the company into two: a Video-based business (responsible for 59 per cent of group revenue) and a Networks company. Group revenues for the nine months were €1.41 billion and down 2.9 per cent on 2019’s €1.45 billion. […]

November 5, 2020By Chris Forrester

SES offers Stockley Park for remote sports production

Satellite operator SES has created a new facility at its Stockley Park premises, in Hayes, West London. SES says that as remote production for sports ramps up around the globe, SES is providing broadcasters with a newly opened, full-service sports and events facility in Greater London. “Apart from handling downlink, decoding, processing and recording, SES’s […]

September 17, 2020By Chris Forrester

SES Q2: Networks up 7.1%

Satellite operator SES has included the anticipated receipt of $3.97 billion into its forecast accounts and coming its way as a result of the FCC’s C-band restructuring order.  The first batch of cash will come into the company from “mid-2021”. SES confirmed it is buying four more O3b/mPower satellites, which will result in a 90 […]

August 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

SES launches FTA channel to combat Covid-19

Millions of households across Africa, Europe, and Asia-Pacific will be able to access a free-to-air TV channel via SES satellites dedicated to delivering informative content about Covid-19. The channel, titled Fight COVID-19, broadcasts content that is aimed at providing underserved and rural communities with critical information about how to limit the spread of the virus. […]

July 14, 2020