Eutelsat teams up with Orange in new satellite broadband project

Eutelsat has ordered a new very high-throughput Ka-band satellite to deliver high-speed broadband across Europe. Eutelsat has ordered the Konnect VHTS from Thales Alenia Space. The new craft is scheduled to go into orbit in 2021. The satellite will have a Ka-band capacity of 500Gbps and will include what Eutelsat describes as the most powerful […]

SES raises €900m to take full control of O3b Networks

Satellite operator SES has raised €908.8 million to fund its acquisition of the part of broadband satellite operator O3b Networks that it do3s not already own. SES will issue 39,857,600 million new Fiduciary Depositary Receipts (FDRs) at a price of €19. The number of new FDRs represents 11.6% of the existing number of the company’s […]

Qatar win for Eutelsat

Satellite operator Eutelsat and Qatar service provider Ooredoo have struck a deal that will see Ooredoo distribute VSAT Internet,, an enhanced VSAT service for business. The new service will be based on the high-performance KA-SAT satellite dedicated to broadband services. Ooredoo’s VSAT Internet will deliverdownload speeds up to 22Mbps and upload speeds up to 6Mbps. […]

Ka-band satellite Al Yah 3 passes critical design review

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat and Orbital ATK have completed a Critical Design Review for the Al Yah 3 spacecraft and payload. Yahsat senior management were in Virginia in the US with its partner Orbital ATK to complete the review, the final stage before assembling all components of the satellite. Al Yah 3, which is based […]

RSCC commissions eastern Ka-band platform

Russian satellite operator RSCC has commissioned the eastern segment of its satellite high-speed internet system (SHSIS) using Ka-band capacity on an Express satellite at 140° East, the first time that satellite-supported communications in the Ka-band have been provided using the capacity of a Russian-built spacecraft. The deployment, using a central switching exchange and antenna farm […]

OTE chooses Eutelsat for broadband, targets TV bundling

Greek telco OTE has chosen Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat Ka-band satellite to extend broadband availability across the country. The OTE Satellite Internet Service, delivering download speeds of up to 22Mbps and upload speeds of up to 6Mbps, will offer services across Greece. The service is available through OTE Group’s retail stores, requires a small satellite dish and […]

Es’hailSat moves forward with plan for second satellite

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has issued a request for proposals for a second satellite. The Es’Hail 2 satellite will be placed in orbit at the regional hotspot at 26° East. Es’hailSat said the new satellite will significantly add to its capacity to deliver premium DTH services across the Middle East and North Africa. Es’hail 2 […]

Nordnet and SES launch on-demand French broadband offering

France Telecom-Orange’s satellite broadband affiliate NordNet has developed a new on-demand satellite broadband offering, using additional Ka-band capacity on the SES satellite ASTRA 2F. SES said that NordNet’s ‘Satellite Internet Tempo’ service is based on its broadband services technology, offers download speeds of up to 20 Mbit/s, and is aimed at people with second residences […]