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OneWeb promises US regulators 2019 Alaska coverage; Intelsat merger unclear

SINGAPORE — Start-up satellite constellation operator OneWeb on May 19 told U.S. regulators that it would be able to provide broadband access to all of Alaska in 2019. OneWeb told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that its 800-plus-satellite constellation is on schedule and ready to fulfill the FCC’s goal of broadband coverage of all U.S. territory to reduce the digital divide....

ViaSat measures ViaSat-2 vs OneWeb, SpaceX, Gogo 2Ku

Takeaways from ViaSat CEO Dankberg’s May 17 investor conference remarks: — LEO constellations: ‘I don’t understand OneWeb/SpaceX. Few care about latency.’ — ViaSat-2: 100-200 Mbps for residential users, wireless model in Lat Am. — 6-month penalty vs Hughes’s Jupiter-2 will evaporate in 6 months. — Gogo’s 2Ku service is ‘just an antenna. The issue is satellite capacity.’ — A prospective ban on laptops on commercial flights won’t materially damage larger IFC market.

Arianespace launches SES-15 in 2d Euro Soyuz GTO mission

PARIS — The successful May 18 launch of a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the SES-15 satellite gave launch-service provider Arianespace confidence that it can make its 12-launch goal this year despite a 44-day shutdown due to strikes in French Guiana. The launch also allowed fleet operator SES to get its satellite into orbit more quickly than would have been the case if it had waited...

Is China rolling up Asian HTS demand?

PARIS — China’s latest manufacturing wins in Indonesia for high-throughput satellites (HTS), coupled with earlier contracts in Thailand and Hong Kong, indicate the challenge facing U.S.- and European-based Internet-delivery constellations planning global coverage. The news does not get better outside China’s expanding reach. India too, which like China has set a high priority on building its own...

Gilat on protecting satcom IP in China: A necessary dilemma

PARIS — Satellite broadband hardware and services provider Gilat Satellite Networks on May 16 said positioning its technology to the fastest-growing satcom markets — broadband mobility, cellular network backhaul and China — has begun to show results. The company is especially bullish about its near-term prospects in China, where it has established a relationship with major satellite and...

Orbcomm active on M&A front, sees major demand boost 

Takeaways from Orbcomm’s May 4 earnings results: — Expect a midsize acquisition using high-yield bond proceeds this year. — Hali service for small maritime vessels to extend AIS business reach. — Giant order with China’s CIMC appears to be on the horizon. — Company scrambling to meet increased product demand this year. PARIS — Satellite M2M/IoT provider Orbcomm Inc. told investors to expect a...

Eutelsat: TV revenue dip to rebound, HD take-up outpaces MPEG-4

Caption: Eutelsat Chief Financial Officer Sandrine Teran Credit: Eutelsat   PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat on May 11 said a 4.1% decline in its video business for the three months ending March 31 included one-time items that will not repeat and that HD adoption is outpacing the effects of MPEG-4 compression. Eutelsat also said U.S. military demand has stabilized after recent...

EchoStar designing Jupiter-3 satellite for service in 2021

The EchoStar 21 satellite, intended to debut a mobile communications business in Europe, is about a year late in launching and is long past its in-service deadline. EchoStar officials say they have kept European Commission officials abreast of developments. The other licensee, Inmarsat of London, is also behind schedule in launching its satellite. Credit: SSL   Key takeaways from EchoStar...

Sky Perfect JSat invests in LeoSat B2B broadband constellation

LeoSat Chief Executive Mark Rigolle said the investment from Sky Perfect JSat, a large geostationary telecommunications satellite fleet operator, should unblock funding to complete LeoSat’s first round of funding. The company is looking to raise $100 million. Credit: LeoSat   PARIS — Sky Perfect JSat of Japan on May 11 said it had agreed to become the anchor investor in LeoSat...

OHB expects $600 million in German government, Galileo satellite orders

OHB SE Chief Executive Marco R. Fuchs said the company expects two big orders in the second quarter: a 300-million-euro ($325 million) order for the German government’s civil/military Heinrich Hertz telecommunications satellite; and an order from the European Commission and ESA for eight more Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites, valued at around 255 million euros. Credit:...

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