Top FSS Operators
This year’s SpaceNews Top Fixed Satellite Services Operators rankings are distorted by the sharp rise of the U.S. dollar against most major currencies toward the end of the year. The effect has been to show revenue declines at some companies that, when reporting in their local currencies, actually showed revenue growth.
Airline broadband connectivity provider Gogo Inc. said it looked at the Ku- and Ka-band product offerings of SES, Intelsat, ViaSat, Hughes, Inmarsat and others before deciding to launch its own proprietary 2Ku product, to be introduced commercially this year.
PARIS — At a time when high-throughput satellites, in both Ku- and Ka-band, appear about to disrupt the conventional satellite business, Thaicom’s experience with Thaicom-4/IPStar offers lessons.
IPStar was launched 10 years ago in Augu…
Satellite fleet operator SES’s $75 million investment in O3b Networks in November 2009 looked at the time like a weekend hobby — enough to save the life of O3b, but not enough to damage SES if O3b crashed and burned.