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Forced by Brexit, Inmarsat moves satellite/ground airline connectivity business to Luxembourg

PARIS — Mobile satellite services operator Inmarsat of London is moving its subsidiary responsible for the ground- and satellite-based European Aviation Network (EAN) business to Luxembourg as a result of Brexit. Inmarsat is one of two companies — EchoStar Mobile is the other — that received European Commission licenses to operate an S-band mobile satellite service to cover European Union...

U.S. broadband survey finds Hughes outperforms competitors in beating promised performance

CARBONDALE, Colorado — A survey of fixed broadband service in the United States found that satellite-broadband provider Hughes Network Systems consistently outperformed other DSL, fiber, cable and satellite providers in surpassing its promised throughput speeds. The survey also found that the blended performance of Hughes and direct satellite-broadband competitor Viasat Inc. matched DSL internet...

Public equities are savaged, but SpaceX valuation continues upward

PARIS — The rapid decline in public equity markets in recent weeks apparently has not quenched investor thirst for shares in SpaceX, although what they’re investing in — a rocket builder or a global satellite-internet service — is difficult to discern. SpaceX has raised some $2.7 billion in 18 funding rounds since 2002, the latest being a $500-million Series J that was led by Scottish investment...

U.S. Naval Research Lab to experiment with the 2 SpaceX Starlink satellites; follows Iridium, L3 contracts

ASPEN, Colorado – The U.S. Air Force’s $28.7-million contract with SpaceX to test different types of militarily useful broadband connectivity is the latest confirmation that many in the U.S. government believe SpaceX’s Starlink system is real. It also hints at what several designers of low-orbit satellite broadband constellations hope will be a major U.S. military commitment, if not before...

After 10 years, and now Swedish, Ovzon is poised to purchase its own broadband satellite

UPDATE Dec. 27:  CARBONDALE, Colorado: Ovzon AB’s board of directors has fully guaranteed the issuance of new preferential-rights shares to raise gross proceeds of 750 million Swedish krona ($82 million) to finance the equity portion of its Ovzon-3 satellite. The rights were sold at 29.7 krona per share, a 30.6% discount from where the shares traded on Dec. 21. Formal subscriptions will...

OneWeb, citing better-than-expected satellite performance, trims constellation by 33%

PARIS — OneWeb has concluded that its 900-satellite constellation of global broadband internet-delivery satellites can be cut by one-third, to around 600, following ground tests of the first satellites now coming off the production line, OneWeb Founder and Executive Chairman Greg Wyler said. The first 10 demonstration satellites are now finishing testing by OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture of...

Eutelsat on satellite in-flight connectivity: Full of potential, but delivery is still bad

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat said the in-flight-connectivity market is still not delivering satisfactory service to commercial airlines and is ripe for new entrants that can do better. Eutelsat provides bandwidth on seven satellites, including the Ka-Sat Ka-band broadband spacecraft, for in-flight connectivity sold not directly to airlines, but through service providers such. One...

Cubesat builder AAC Clyde Space weighs satellite leasing as a business model

TOULOUSE, France — Cubesat builder AAC Clyde, which is already moving its customers to a satellites-as-a-service model where AAC Clyde handles the build, launch and operate functions, is looking a satellite leasing as a business as well. The company began with a pay-up-front model and is now operating pay-on-delivery contracts as it tests models in the fast-growing cubesat market and...

Viasat: Campaign to stop Inmarsat’s Euro-IFC network moves to Belgium, Germany after British defeat

TOULOUSE, France — Viasat Inc. said it is pursuing its challenge to Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network — which it alleges is a ground network with a satellite add-on, and not a mobile satellite system — in Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and possibly Spain and expects decisions in the first two jurisdictions in the first half of 2019. Colin Ward, Viasat’s head of litigation, said the company...

Interview: RBC Signals Chief Executive Christopher Richins

TOULOUSE, France — Startup ground satellite Earth station network operator RBC Signals looked at the creation of Amazon Ground and and said: Imitation is a form of flattery. Except that here, the imitator is a multibillion-dollar behemoth that can sweeten its offer by proximity to Amazon Web Services and the cloud. It’s true that RBC has been preaching a new business model for satellite fleet...

AT&T says direct-to-home television provider DirecTV will no longer buy satellites

PARIS – AT&T said its DirecTV direct-to-home satellite-television division will not order any further satellites as the company moves to fiber and wireless-broadband distribution in the United States. The announcement, while consistent with the company’s recent investment strategy and the erosion of its satellite-TV subscriber base, offered nonetheless striking commentary on the state of...

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