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.
Abertis, a Spanish firm best known for managing toll roads in Europe and South America, is awaiting government approval to expand its ownership in Hispasat of by buying Eutelsat’s 33.7 percent stake in the Madrid-based satellite fleet operator.
The $75 million purchase fits what Eutelsat described as a “broader strategy of streamlining distribution within selected core video neighbourhoods where it can create value,” according to an Oct. 13 statement.
Eutelsat’s newest satellite reached its target position in the geostationary orbit this week only four months after its launch, setting an industry record for the fastest all electric orbit-raising.
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.
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.
Fresh off the successful launch of an all-electric satellite on an Ariane 5 rocket, satellite fleet operator Eutelsat announced June 2 a commitment to launch three more satellites with Arianespace and signaled an early interest in using the next-generation Ariane 6.
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.
Global fleet operator Eutelsat is considering ordering at least two more Quantum-class satellites in order to achieve global coverage with satellites that can move capacity around in customizable beams.
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.
Protests roiling the South American home of Europe’s primary spaceport prompted Airbus Defence and Space to send Europe’s first high-power, all-electric satellite back to France until Arianespace resumes launches.
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos disclosed new details about his company’s New Glenn launch vehicle March 7 and announced it had signed up its first customer, commercial satellite operator Eutelsat.
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.
Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat has paid its Russian counterpart, Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RCSS), monies overdue on a multi-year contract valued more than 400 million euros ($424 million) despite an ongoing legal battle between the Russian government and the shareholders of the former Yukos oil company.
Satellite fleet operators Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat all say the long-awaited rebound in U.S. government (translation: mainly the U.S. Department of Defense) demand for bandwidth now looks to be underway.
Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat on Oct. 27 reassured a nervous stock market by reconfirming the company’s revenue and profit forecast and showing concrete results from its design-to-cost strategy.