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FCC says it can’t verify satellite constellations’ interference threat, passes buck to ITU

PARIS — Current and prospective satellite fleet operators are asking the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reverse a proposed rule that would allow operators of low-orbiting constellations to self-certify that their networks won’t interfere with satellites in geostationary orbit. The FCC’s decision, which represents a 180-degree switch from its earlier position, would essentially...

Global Eagle Entertainment says customers have stayed with it during financial storm

  UPDATE Sept. 21: GEE has leased 100% of the aging, inclined-orbit Telstar-12 satellite from Telesat of Canada in a deal that apparently involves SES, whose AMC-3 satellite GEE had fully leased late last year, industry officials said. Telstar-12, launched in 1999, has been stationed at 109.2 degrees west. AMC-3 is at 72 degrees West. GEE may be planning to move Telstar-12 to an SES slot....

SES bets more than $1 billion that Boeing satellites can lure Amazon Web Services et al

PARIS— Satellite fleet operator SES’s seven-satellite contract with Boeing is valued at about $750 million and is the centerpiece of a total investment exceeding $1 billion that includes major new spending on ground terminals and gateway antennas, industry officials said. The O3b mPower satellites, scheduled for launch in 2021 on two still-unselected rockets, is designed to deliver an aggregate...

Interview: Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler

PARIS — Intelsat Chief Executive Stephen Spengler skipped the annual Euroconsult World Space Business Week conference — a Goldman Sachs conference took precedence — but his company nonetheless was a topic of conversation. The drama of Intelsat’s leverage — you’re welcome, private equity — and the weaknesses of a few other geo-satellite operators have put the industry on edge for a couple of...

Boeing wins SES contract to build second-generation O3b satellite constellation

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES has awarded Boeing a contract to build seven satellites as part of SES’s second-generation medium-Earth-orbit constellation, formerly known as O3b, according to industry officials. The selection of Boeing Satellite Systems International is a blow for O3b’s incumbent prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy, which built all 12 O3b satellites...

Intelsat: Here’s the status of the IS-33e satellite

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Intelsat has raised concerns that an earlier story here — http://bit.ly/2vE7o93 — left the impression that the IS-33e satellite might be unable to serve its customers because of an anomaly with its attitude-control system. This is not the case. IS-33e has suffered two fuel-related issues. The first occurred just after launch in August 2016, when the main...

KT Sat targets global maritime VSAT market, lines up big Japanese partner

PARIS — Koreas’s KT Sat is targeting maritime VSAT as a major market opportunity in East Asia and on Aug. 30 secured a foothold with Hun’s Corp., which will be KT Sat’s maritime services distributor in Japan. KT Sat said it will attempt to unseat Japanese telco KDDI and several well-established satellite maritime service providers by offering lower prices. The company is targeting annual revenue...

Intelsat IS-33 satellite suffers second on-board problem that threatens service life

UPDATE: Intelsat said many people concluded from this article that a fresh anomaly had occurred aboard IS-33e since Intelsat filed its insurance claim, and that customers might see degraded service as a result. The second anomaly, reported here, was fully integrated into Intelsat’s claim, and there is no effect on the satellite’s performance — only its anticipated service life....

Speedcast forecasts imminent turnaround in energy services market

PARIS — Satellite enterprise services provider Speedcast International on Aug. 29 said the multi-year depression in the energy-services sector is showing signs of a rebound and that its purchase of Harris CapRock looks to have been well-timed. As expected, the unofficial “consolidator-in-chief” of the satellite services business reported mixed results, with its Enterprise and Emerging Markets...

AsiaSat optimistic on satellite-TV market and HTS threat, settles Indian tax overhang

WHITEFISH, Montana — Satellite fleet operator AsiaSat on Aug. 17 reported stable revenue and backlog for the first six months of 2017, saying its core satellite-television market will grow with the deployment of high-definition television. Hong Kong-based AsiaSat also said it had resolved a long-standing dispute with India’s tax authorities over a 10% withholding tax on revenue generated in...

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