Delays with Yahsat’s Al Yah 3 satellite, now more than a year past its initial launch target, have forced Eutelsat Communications to hold off on expanding its Konnect Africa broadband business until next year.
The requirement for higher and higher bandwidth will remain the major driver shaping future satellite infrastructure and services in the next five years, according to Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of Viasat.
Satellite fleet operator EchoStar of Englewood, Colorado, revealed Aug. 9 it had signed a contract with Space Systems Loral for the long-awaited Jupiter-3/EchoStar-24 satellite meant to further propel the company’s broadband internet success in the Americas and compete head to head with ViaSat’s forthcoming ViaSat-3 system.
One year after giving a whiplash-inducing revision to revenue forecasts from growth to contraction, French satellite operator Eutelsat hit the markers it set out for a return to growth by 2019.
Inflight connectivity provider Gogo is causing sparks to fly over its claim that leasing capacity is superior to owning satellites and that proponents of pure satellite ownership are only promoting ownership models to protect their business.
ViaSat, Eutelsat and Panasonic are seeking an injunction from the European Court of Justice to block Inmarsat from offering those services with its new Inmarsat S EAN satellite launched last week.
With Ariane 5 launch of ViaSat-2 and Eutelsat-172b, Arianespace all caught up on protest-delayed missions
European launch provider Arianespace’s successful launch of ViaSat and Eutelsat telecommunications satellites June 1 on an Ariane 5 rocket marked the completion of all missions offset by protests in French Guiana during March and April.
Travel bans barring passengers from bringing laptops and tablet computers onboard airplanes aren’t much cause for concern for satellite operators who provide airlines with internet connectivity, executives said May 25, but protecting those devices from hackers and cyber criminals is.
To maximize the capacity from its soon-to-launch ViaSat-2 high-throughput satellite, ViaSat intends to deploy twice as many ground stations as it did for ViaSat-1.
European launch provider Arianespace has established new launch dates in May and June for an Ariane 5 and a Soyuz mission that were delayed by four weeks of civil unrest in French Guiana.
Boeing’s plan to deploy a constellation of V-band satellites in non-geostationary orbit has prompted at least five companies, including SpaceX and OneWeb, to file me-too proposals with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
Satellite broadband hardware and service provider ViaSat continues to invest in shrinking satellite teleport sites down from buildings to the size of closets in order to achieve its goal of getting a terabit of throughput from each ViaSat-3 satellite.
Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat says it sees “absolutely no impact” from British broadcaster Sky’s new satellite-free U.K. television product, and that it is GEO, not LEO, that will prove to be the most effective means of connecting underserved populations today.
ViaSat Inc and SES-owned O3b Ltd., two satellite fleet operators providing commercial Ka-band broadband from different orbital vantage points, look to become direct competitors based on new satellite constellations both are proposing to U.S. regulators.
Satellite broadband hardware and services provider ViaSat Inc. on Nov. 8 said it had contracted with a U.S.-based commercial airline to retrofit more than 500 aircraft with ViaSat’s Ka-band airline connectivity system.
Asian satellite fleet operators are divided over whether U.S.-based ViaSat Inc.’s terabit-per-second ViaSat-3 satellite or anything like it is viable in Asia, and whether Western fleet owners’ rush into mobility markets is a smart move.