Articles by Mark Holmes

Deutsche Telekom headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Photo: Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom Exec on IFC, Partnership with Inmarsat

Deutsche Telekom (DT), one of Europe’s biggest telcos, is taking a unique approach to tackling the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market. The company is targeting the lucrative B2B market aggressively. Wth many of their customers frequently travelling, Rolf Nafziger, senior vice president of DT’s international wholesale business unit, told Via Satellite it was “only natural” for […]

By | September 22, 2017

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Ian Trombley on NBC Universal’s Satellite Demands – From our Archive

In the last few years, the broadcast landscape has changed dramatically, particularly with the emergence of OTT providing a very competitive threat to broadcasters and DTH players alike. Netflix has been nothing short of a phenomenon and is now one of the most recognizable broadcast brands in the world. However, at IBC a few years […]

By | September 21, 2017

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The Age of Disruption: OTT Players Take Aim at DTH

The rise of Netflix in the United States could be a sign of things to come, putting more pressure on DTH to maintain and grow marketshare. But it’s not only in the United States where this threat is growing. In Asia, which has been a DTH Wild West in recent years, the growth in DTH […]

By | September 14, 2017

Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Bemer, Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg, and SES CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh take the stage during WSBW. Photo: Euroconsult, Fin17 Twitter.

Broadband Points the Way Forward for Global Operators

During Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week (WSBW), the CEOs of SES, Eutelsat and Telesat took the stage to discuss their companies’ future growth prospects. The panel, titled “Global Satellite Operators: Paving the Way through Partnerships,” took place on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 12. Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, spoke enthusiastically about the video market, saying it […]

By | September 13, 2017

Mike Collett, founder and managing partner of Promus Ventures, and Will Porteous, general partner and COO of RRE Ventures, share their thoughts on stage during World Satellite Business Week. Photo: Mark Holmes, Via Satellite.

VC Investors Explain the Buzz Behind NewSpace Startups

Day Two of Euroconsult’s 21st Summit for Satellite Financing kicked off with a panel called “Venture Capital: Fueling Both Satellite Systems and Applications,” where two investors gave insights into how the Venture Capital (VC) community sees satellite. Mike Collett, founder and managing partner of Promus Ventures, began by saying one of the reasons why Promus […]

By | September 12, 2017

Iridium and O3b CEOs, Matt Desch and Steve Collar, on stage at the Euroconsult 21st Summit for Satellite Servicing. Photo: Iridium.

Megaconstellations Debate Kicks Off World Satellite Business Week

With so much interest in new megaconstellations, one of the ongoing themes at Euroconsult’s Summit for Satellite Financing is whether there will be enough demand for all of this capacity coming online. During the first day of the event, speakers from SES, LeoSat, Iridium and OneWeb discussed the question as part of the “Constellations in […]

By | September 11, 2017

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Demand, Challenges and Satellite in Afghanistan – From Our Archives

President Trump announced this week that additional American troops will join the more than 8,000 already stationed in Afghanistan, further extending the longest war in U.S. history at nearly 16 years. During that time, Afghanistan has worked to modernize its use of satellites for telecommunications and other services. In this interview with Amirzai Sangin, Afghanistan’s […]

By | August 24, 2017

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Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce on the Connected Car

In this video interview at Inmarsat’s head office in London, Inmarsat’s CEO Rupert Pearce talks in-depth about the connected car, and why he thinks this market will be a tougher nut for the satellite industry to crack…

By | August 16, 2017

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The Age of Disruption: OTT Players Take Aim at DTH

The aptly named iflix is part of the new generation of Over-the-Top (OTT) players trying to take marketshare and build a promising OTT business in Asia. David Goldstein, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at iflix, says the overall OTT industry is a threat to the established pay-TV industry. “If people want live action sports and lots […]

By | August 14, 2017

Mark Holmes is the editorial director for Via Satellite and Avionics Magazine.

Where does the GEO Market go Next?

The GEO market is an interesting one right now. There has been a distinct lack of satellite orders over the last 12 months and, at the same time, we are entering the era of mega-constellations. Companies such as OneWeb, SpaceX and others are looking to work a more nimble approach and orbit thousands of smaller […]

By | August 14, 2017

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