Satellite


Gerry O’Sullivan leaving Eutelsat

It is understood that Gerry O’Sullivan, EVP of global TV and video at Eutelsat has decided to leave the Paris-based satellite operator. According to an email circulated to staff, the former Sky and Deutsche Telekom executive is leaving to take on new opportunities closer to his home in the UK. O’Sullivan, who was instrumental in […]

Eutelsat and SES: a tale of contrasting fortunes

Satellite operators Eutelsat and SES will experience contrasting fortunes in the near term, with Eutelsat positioned to fare better than its Luxembourg-based rival, according to analysts at Berenberg. According to Berenberg, Eutelsat and SES have diverged strategically over the last few years, with the Paris based operator focusing on generating free cash flow and cultivating […]

COVID-19 hits satellite sector, but video decline reflects HTS development

Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) operators have been hit significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those involved in the mobility business, while an ongoing decline in demand for video capacity is set to continue, according to a report by satellite research outfit Euroconsult. Euroconsult’s FSS Operators: Benchmarks & Performance Review reported increased competition and strong impact […]

Eutelsat debuts new EPG for free-to-air broadcasters

Satellite operator Eutelsat has launched Sat.tv, an enhanced electronic programme guide for free-to-air channels. The service is already operating at the 7/8° West orbital position, serving over 56 million Arabic-speaking homes across the Middle East and North Africa and is being progressively deployed at other Eutelsat video positions. New free-to-air satellite receivers compatible with the […]

SES adds C-band windfall to outlook, sees broadcast revenues drop

Satellite operator SES has included guidance on its expected C-band relocation windfall in the US in its quarterly results for the first time, with proceeds from the US$3.97 billion in accelerated payments now included in its financial projections. SES said that full execution of transition plan underway following unanimous election to accelerate clearing by satellite […]

Spacecom to launch AMOS-17 satellite on August 3

 AMOS satellite fleet operator Spacecom has announced the launch of AMOS-17, its latest satellite, on August 3. The satellite, which will be launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA to the 17°East orbital position, will primarily serve sub-Saharan Africa and connect to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It is predicted that Africa will have over […]

SES to distribute Benin channels in digital switchover move

Satellite operator SES has been contracted to provide 15 free-to-air channels to viewers in Benin by the government of the West African country. As part of the agreement some HD channels will be broadcast over the country, which SES says are the first HD channels to be available via digital-terrestrial TV across Africa, making an […]

SES faces ‘concerning’ decline in video business

Satellite operator SES is facing a “concerning” decline in its video business, with guidance provided by the company of a 2% decline this year looking “optimistic”, according to analysts at Berenberg, which has placed a ‘hold’ recommendation on the Luxembourg operator’s stock following mixed full-year results. SES last week posted full-year revenues of €2.01 billion, […]

SES names new chief services officer and CTO

Satellite operator SES has named John Baughn to the new position of chief services officer, heading up a new global customer services unit. The operator has also named Ruy Pinto as chief technology officer to lead an integrated global technology team. SES said it was streamlining customer support and services by forming a global services […]

Eutelsat orders Hotbird replacement satellites

Satellite operator Eutelsat has ordered two new satellites from Airbus Defence and Space to replace the three existing Hotbird satellites at its 13° East flagship neighbourhood. The new all-electric high-power satellites are set to enter into service in 2022, serving Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Eutelsat said the satellites would deliver improved performances […]

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