Satellite operators Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates, Brazil's Star One and Bermuda-based ABS are moving into new markets in Latin America and around the world, according to speakers at the World Satellite Business Week conference here Sept. 10.
Emirati satellite fleet operator Yahsat and Echostar’s Hughes Network Systems are seeking regulatory approval for a joint venture to offer ka-band broadband service in Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia.
To remain profitable during a period of dramatic change in the communications industry, regional satellite operators are adopting new technology and establishing partnerships, according to panelists at the World Satellite Business Week conference here.
The Ariane 5 rocket that deviated from its expected flight path Jan. 25 and lost contact with ground control was fed the wrong coordinates, according to the independent commission Arianespace tasked last month to find out what caused the close call.
Satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK on Nov. 30 shipped Yahsat’s long-awaited Al Yah 3 high-throughput satellite to French Guiana for an Ariane 5 launch now scheduled for January.
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.
When Yahsat decided to invest in its first satellite for Brazil, the the Dubai, UAE-based operator probably didn’t foresee the triple-whammy of a Zika virus outbreak, presidential impeachment, and double-digit unemployment
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.
Satellite fleet operator Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates and global in-flight connectivity provider Panasonic Avionics on Aug. 10 said they would jointly explore a future Yahsat-buit mobile broadband satellite constellation over the Middle East.
A large Ku-band direct-broadcast television satellite under construction for satellite-broadcaster DirecTV’s Latin American division and for satellite fleet operator Intelsat will also carry a Ka-band payload built for Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates, DirecTV and Intelsat said.
Telesat of Canada, Hispasat of Spain and YahSat of the United Arab Emirates on May 26 were the high bidders at a Brazil auction of satellite orbital slots and associated frequencies, winning four licenses at three orbital slots, according to Brazil’s telecommunications regulator, Anatel.
Satellite fleet operator Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates has been able to offset to lower demand from the U.S. Defense Department for Yahsat’s military Ka-band capacity over the Middle East by increased use by regional governments, starting with the UAE.