Editor’s Note

African Opportunity Looms Large at CommunicAsia

16.16 local time Tuesday June 25, French Guiana, will live long in my memory. That was the time when an Arianespace official came on a big screen, and said the launch of the first O3b satellites was going to take place that day after a one-day, and then a further 33-minute delay. It was a [...]

By | August 1, 2013

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Hughes/ViaSat Announcements Augur Well for the Industry

We are barely halfway into 2013 and already Hughes and ViaSat have both ordered huge new satellites and placing bets that the industry will become more mainstream than ever going forward. In some ways, it represents a potential stunning reversal of fortunes for the industry. Over a decade ago, it seemed as though satellite was [...]

By | July 1, 2013

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Hosted Payload Sector Could Have Seismic Year in 2013

Show season is in full swing and after SATELLITE 2013 and NAB, we look forward to CommunicAsia, the biggest event of its kind in its region. Given the size of populations and the potential demand for communications services, Asia has long been a target for many companies in the satellite sector. However, regulatory issues have [...]

By | June 1, 2013

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Intelsat’s IPO Announcement Comes as No Surprise

Satellite is often a technology that has labels. It is often labeled as a “last resort” technology, and satellite investments are often seen as “low risk, low reward” which can sometimes across as withering or faint praise. The question is can satellite offer investors a good level of return, and can outside perceptions of our [...]

By | May 1, 2013

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Ultra-HD: How Much Better Can Things Get?

Every year, the NAB trade show presents us with a chance to assess the ever-changing broadcast landscape and identify the next big technological advance, which is shaping up to be Ultra-HD TV. The new standard is creating a great deal of excitement, as consumers get accustomed to a constant evolution of picture clarity and detail [...]

By | April 1, 2013

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Our 2012 Satellite Executive of Year Revealed

I would like to congratulate Tom Choi, CEO, Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) who I am proud to name as our Satellite Executive of the Year for 2012. As always, it was a great competition and we had a terrific set of nominees, which included Khalid Balkheyour of Arabsat, Mary Cotton of iDirect and Charlie Ergen [...]

By | March 1, 2013

Strong Leadership Remains a Hallmark of Our Industry

We are getting very close to announcing our Satellite Executive of the Year Award winner for 2012, which is always an exciting and interesting process for our team. This month’s digital edition of Via Satellite will contain our selected nominees for the award. Every year it is tremendously difficult even getting this to stage, due [...]

By | February 1, 2013

New Kids On The Block Face Challenges

The satellite industry has become known for the stablility of its leadership. For example if you look at our Big Four FSS panel at SATELLITE 2013, three of the CEOs on that panel have been there for many years, with only Michel de Rosen of Eutelsat as the new face, though he is not so [...]

By | January 1, 2013

The Satellite Community and its Role in Helping Other Communities

Hurricane Sandy dominated the news as we watched it unfold and saw the trail of destruction left in its wake. Thanks to satellite technology, we are better able to predict the impact of such natural disasters and minimize the loss of life as much as humanly possible. But, it is a fight that is virtually [...]

By | December 1, 2012

Strategic Satellite Visions Are About to be Put to the Test

A new era is approaching in the satellite industry. During the next two to three years, you will see key strategies start to come to fruition from some of the largest satellite players. Very soon, Iridium’s NEXT constellation will start to launch. O3b will see its first satellites launched next year. Intelsat’s EpicNG strategy will [...]

By | November 1, 2012