EchoStar smallsat launch to secure global S-band rights; Hughes reports 192,000 non-U.S. subscribers

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON — Charlie Ergen’s S-band satellite strategy, which has featured terrestrial-spectrum-intended cash going in and little revenue coming out, now seems within sight of a business case with the purchase of Helios Wire Corp. of Canada and its Australian subsidiary, Sirion Global Pty.

Sirion, which like most other S-band satellite ventures has had more setbacks than successes, has global rights to S-band spectrum following a July decision by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) regulators to give Sirion a two-year extension, to April . . .

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