Satellite


SES posts ‘solid’ results but video business declines

Satellite operator SES has posted what it described as solid year-to-date results with reported revenues and EBITDA both up, although revenues were down on a like-for-like basis at constant currency. Revenue for the year to date amounted to €1.4 billion, up 6.1% on a reported basis, with adjusted EBITDA up 0.7% to €829 million. On […]

Eutelsat lofts Hotbird 13G into orbit

Satellite operator Eutelsat has successfully launched its Hotbird 13G satellite on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Eutelsat Hotbird 13G is the second of two satellites built by Airbus Defence and Space to be placed at Eutelsat’s flagship 13° East position, replacing three older satellites. The satellite is based on the Eurostar […]

Eutelsat confirms in talks to acquire OneWeb

Satellite operator Eutelsat has confirmed that it is in talks with its co-shareholders in low-Earth orbit satellite outfit OneWeb to acquire the latter to create a combined geostationary Earth orbit/low Earth orbit player with complementary activities. Eutelsat, whose confirmation follows press reports that the pair were in talks, said that the combined entity would be […]

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 […]

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