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In-flight connectivity legal battle heats up between ViaSat, Eutelsat and Inmarsat

PARIS — The dispute between satellite operators competing to provide in-flight connectivity services in Europe has sharpened, with the two sides exchanging cease-and-desist demands and the publication of a formal legal complaint. The judicial procedure, filed by satellite broadband provider ViaSat Inc. on April 24 in the General Court of the European Union, was published only July 3:...

Eutelsat, ViaSat, joined by Panasonic, ask EU regulators to block Inmarsat’s aviation play

TEL AVIV — Eutelsat and ViaSat are asking a European court to block Inmarsat’s planned aeronautical-connectivity service, saying Inmarsat is violating the terms of its license by passing off a terrestrial network as a satellite system. The legal action comes on the eve of the launch of Inmarsat’s European Aeronautical Network (EAN) satellite payload, which is sharing a Thales Alenia Space-built...

AsiaSat, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES start interference-prevention drive

PARIS — Five well-established satellite fleet operators have established common  Earth station antenna-performance and testing criteria that they will insist on with their supply chains and promote among other fleet owners in a global signal interference-mitigation effort. The companies — AsiaSat, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES — hope to ensure a minimum standard for any satellite Earth...

Service providers to satellite fleet operators: Our customers or our business- pick one

SINGAPORE — Satellite service providers said they are bracing for a new attack on their business by satellite fleet operators seek to offset stagnant revenue by going directly to end users. Senior officials from Encompass Digital Media, NorthTelecom and Speedcast said the decline in satellite bandwidth prices, while good news for their business, is causing satellite operators to muscle in on...

ViaSat-3 schedule slipping, cost going up

  UPDATE: ViaSat said the two ViaSat-3 satellites under contract are on schedule and within budget. The third, intended to cover Asia, likely will be more powerful and not a recurrent model: https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-viasat-president-coo-richard-baldridge/ SINGAPORE — Satellite broadband hardware and services provider ViaSat Inc. on May 25 said its ostensibly...

O3b denies ABS customer-defection claim, says rain fade is manageable

SINGAPORE — The chief executive of O3b Networks on May 24 flatly denied allegations by competitor ABS that an O3b customer in the Pacific islands had replaced its O3b Ka-band capacity with bandwidth from ABS’s C- and Ku-band satellite following a series of service outages. Steve Collar said he could not comment on ABS’s new contract in East Timor with an O3b customer except to say that O3b is...

Interview: ELSE/Astrocast CEO Fabien Jordan & CFO Kjell Karlsen

Fabien Jordan Credit: ELSE SA   PARIS — Geostationary satellite fleets lying down with LEO/MEO startups appears to be the seasonal flavor in the commercial satellite world. SES and O3b, Intelsat and OneWeb, Telesat Canada with its own LEO system, DigitalGlobe with Taqnia. Now, in the M2M/IoT sector, it’s Thuraya Telecommunications and startup ELSE SA of Switzerland and Portland, Oregon,...

UK seen as good importer of space expertise, less good at aiding exports

The UK Department of International Trade is trying to raise its profile to attract foreign companies to British soil, an effort that takes on special immediacy with Britain’s coming withdrawal from the European Union. Credit: UK Department of International Trade   LONDON — British government officials are having more success in luring non-British space companies to British soil than...

SES CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh: Why I’m not attending Satellite 2017

Credit: MET Laboratories/Satellite 2017   The annual Satellite conference and exhibition in Washington has become a major venue for the satellite industry. But this year, the chief executive of satellite fleet operator SES — one of the two biggest commercial operators worldwide — will not be attending. Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh explained his reasoning. Why aren’t you going...

EU space policy aims at cloud providers Google, Amazon

Lowri Evans, director-general of the European Commission’s DG-Grow, said space sector commercial growth will depend on having control of the storage, processing and distribution of the massive data flow coming from program’s like the Copernicus environment-monitoring network. The commission is determined to keep this business from becoming U.S.-dominated. Credit: European Commission...

ESA get 9.5% budget increase in 2017

The 22-nation European Space Agency’s 2017 budget shows a 9.5 percent increase over 2016 and reflects some of the decisions made at the meeting of ESA’s governments in December, such as approval of new money for the ExoMars exploration project with Russia.  This year’s budget shows the continued heavy investment in Earth observation programs, which remains ESA’s largest...

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