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Indonesia’s PT Telkom to purchase majority stake in Malaysian satellite VSAT operator TSGN

PARIS — PT Telkom Indonesia, confirming its ambition as a regional satellite-services power, has agreed to purchase 70% of Malaysian VSAT operator TS Global Network Sdn Bhd (TSGN) for $26.4 million pending approval of Malaysian government authorities. The transaction, for 108.5 million Malaysian Ringgit, is one of numerous consolidation scenarios, large and small, that have long been called for...

Boeing, Lockheed, Thales look to battle Airbus for $7-billion U.K. Skynet 6 military satellite program

LONDON — The promise of a multibillion-dollar satellite telecommunications contract, coupled with indications from British defense officials that they will not favor incumbent Airbus Defense and Space, has lured Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Thales, and perhaps others, into the competition for Britain’s Skynet 6 contract. Bidding for a major contract like this can cost several million dollars, and...

Q&A: Intelsat responds to SES filing to FCC on C-band satellite spectrum sharing

UPDATED NOV. 19: WASHINGTON — We asked Intelsat to respond to several of the points made by fellow satellite fleet operator — and U.S. FCC C-band licensee — SES regarding the joint Intelsat/Intel proposal on sharing C-band spectrum with terrestrial operators. Here are Intelsat’s responses, furnished by Intelsat Investor Relations Vice President Dianne J. VanBeber. SES says you can’t open...

ViaSat sets February ViaSat-2 satellite debut, details flat-panel R&D work in Europe

PARIS — Satellite broadband services and hardware provider ViaSat Inc. reported continued declines in consumer broadband subscribers for the three months, but also an increase in per-subscriber revenue and airline connectivity that minimized the effect. ViaSat said its subscriber count likely would drop further before increasing after the ViaSat-2 satellite enters service in February. ViaSat-2...

EchoStar’s Hughes satellite broadband has 35% EBITDA margin; EchoStar loses Brazil S-, Ka- rights

LONDON — EchoStar Corp’s Hughes satellite consumer broadband division reported increased revenue and gross profit for the three months ending Sept. 30 and maintained its estimate that The U.S. market has 18 million householders that should adopt satellite broadband on is merits. With Hughes and its competitor, ViaSat Inc., together serving a bit less than 2 million subscribers now, that leaves...

U.S. Congress deals blow to commercial satellite launches on Russian Proton, Soyuz rockets, but delays it to 2023

LONDON — The commercial satellite industry dodged a bullet on Nov. 9 when the U.S. Congress stopped just short of barring U.S. Defense Department purchases of services from satellites launched on Russian rockets. Instead, a compromise between the more-aggressive U.S. House version and the Senate version, which contained no such ban, ended up with the restriction still in place, but not taking...

British military says privatizing satellite telecom led to unacceptable loss of expertise

The British Defence Ministry is still investigating scenarios for its next-generation satellite telecommunications system, called Skynet 6. But one thing is clear: The ministry thinks it has lost too much in-house expertise in the way it handled the previous Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative. Credit: UK Ministry of Defence. LONDON — The British Defence Ministry is preparing to return to a...

Kratos: Our satellite communications division is well-positioned for US government

PARIS — Kratos Defense and Security Solutions on Nov. 2 said its satellite communications business was in a strong growth phase and that Kratos management had no intention of selling it — or the company’s microwave or training divisions — to focus on unmanned air systems. The question, during a Nov. 2 investor call, was an occasion for Kratos Chief Executive Eric M. DeMarco to say that while the...

Telesat revenue/EBITDA down, backlog/fill-rate up; Telstar 19V satellite’s Ka-band selling well

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Telesat Canada’s third-quarter results constitute a mixed bag of positive and negative, with revenue and EBITDA down but both backlog and fleet fill rates up. The highlight the quarter was the lease by Bell Canada, of the entire Canadian Ka-band payload on the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite to launch in 2018. Telesat is likely to see a revenue bump in the fourth...

Iridium, its satellites & launches on track, now focusing on cash-flow stability

Key takeaways from Iridium financial filings and investor call: — Iridium secured a lower cost from SpaceX to use previously flown Falcon 9 first stages on the next two Iridium launches. — Iridium has renegotiated payment terms with prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, and won covenant concessions from the French export-credit agency, Bpifrance. — Iridium will look to replace the Bpifrance...

SES to take revenue hit in 2017, but says its satellite TV and data portfolios are both solid

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES gave a mixed message to investors, saying 2017 revenue will be down over 2016 and strongly suggesting that a major SES Video contract renewal was completed with no increase in price. On the SES Networks data centric side, the company said the fixed-data business remains under pressure but that new contracts are on the way even if they take longer to conclude....

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