Interview: David Williams, CEO, Avanti Communications

by Peter B. de Selding

With a life-saving reprieve from his bondholders, Avanti CEO David Williams is now focused on getting two satellites through production at their U.S. and German manufacturers and onto the manifest of launch-service provider Arianespace. Whether both will be ready for launches on the Ariane 5 rocket in 2017 is unclear. Credit: Arianespace


LONDON — Satellite fleet operator Avanti has been a dramatic story in the past year: Liquidity crisis with falling bandwidth prices in its core African markets, strategic review and possible sale, then a bondholder rescue and now awaiting two Ka-band satellite payloads to bolster . . .

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