Satellite


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 […]

Es’hail-2 gets ready for launch

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat’s new satellite, Es’hail-2, has arrived atht eSpaceX launch facility in Florida in prepration for launch on November 15. The satellite is now undergoing final preparation at the SpaceX launch facility for launch on board a Falcon 9 rocket. The Mitsubishi Electric Company-build craft offers Ku-band capacity for the 25.5° East/26° East […]

Spacecom creates division to target new business opportunities

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has created a ‘vertical solutions division’ to target service providers as well as mobile operators, government programmes and other commercial groups operating in the data, mobile, and video markets. Spacecom says that its new division provides value to customers by enabling them to reach a broader range of new business opportunities as […]

Eutelsat looks to telcos’ expanding TV reach after disappointing Q1

Satellite operator Eutelsat turned in disappointing first quarter results, with total revenues slipping by 2.7% year-on-year to €335.1 million, and was forced to cut its full-year revenue target after failing to secure a US government contract renewal. The core video business, which accounts for two thirds of the operator’s revenues, was down 1.7% to €217.2 […]

Non-GEO satellites could disrupt whole market, says NSR

Non-geostationary satellites will dominate the supply of satellite capacity over the next decade but will only contribute one sixth of satellite communications revenue, raising questions over the profitability of non-GEO initiatives, according to Northern Sky Research (NSR). According to NSR’s Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 15th edition report, Non-GEO satellite annual capacity revenues will […]

Talia launches uplink platform on Arabsat at 26° East

Talia, a communication platform provider serving the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, has completed and deployed a new uplink platform, ready to host HD and SD channels with secured transmission on the Arabsat Badr-7 satellite at the 26° East position. Arabsat said that thanks to its satellite technology, customers will benefit from secure […]

Eutelsat unveils hybrid satellite-OTT solution Cirrus

Eutelsat has unveiled a hybrid satellite-OTT delivery solution called Cirrus, which is designed to let broadcasters offer a seamless content experience across multiple screens. Eutelsat said Cirrus will provide a content delivery solution via satellite and OTT to operators seeking to launch or upgrade their service – offering the benefits of quickly deployed video services, […]

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