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Black T-Shirt Makes Statement About Satellite Industry

For SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell it all started with a suit, and this year at SATELLITE 2015, it was all about a black t-shirt. It seems clothing metaphors are en vogue in the satellite industry. SATELLITE 2015

By | April 20, 2015

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LEO Satellite Momentum Shows no Signs of Slowing

Another month, and more major activity in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) market. Vern Fotheringham, the ex-CEO of Kymeta, a company that has been aiming to revolutionize the antenna market, has become the CEO of

By | March 26, 2015

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

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