Australian farmers are celebrating the start of less restrictive satellite internet from the country’s twin Sky Muster broadband satellites.
The sale includes nine satellites — half of EchoStar’s fleet when counting leased payloads — plus employees who handled satellite operations, associated properties, and licensing for an orbital slot.
EchoStar’s Charlie Ergen: Inmarsat bid refusal a disappointment, industry needs scale and broadband is the future
EchoStar Chairman Charlie Ergen said analyst missed synergies apparent in an EchoStar-Inmarsat merger, and that the satellite industry needs bigger players to tackle the mammoth global need for connectivity as satellite operator strength shifts from television to broadband.
U.S. satellite television and consumer broadband provider Dish Network Corp. on July 21 said it had lost broadband subscribers this year because of a lack of capacity in high-demand regions and the company’s decision to be stricter about who it lets onto the service.
A coalition of 5G terrestrial mobile broadband companies led by Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network on June 8 asked U.S. regulators to strip future low-orbiting satellite Internet constellations of their priority access to 500 megahertz of Ku-band spectrum – spectrum coveted by prospective fleet owners including OneWeb LLC and SpaceX.