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The sky’s the limit for satellite backhaul: Avanti

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Telecoms.com sat down with David Williams, CEO and co-founder of Avanti, to discuss the company’s developments over the last 12 months and got straight to the point about economics.

O3b Networks: Fibre in the sky

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Omar Trujillo, VP – Africa & Latin America, at satellite operator O3b Networks, talks to Telecoms.com about the importance of low latency satellite connections to deliver a ‘fibre in the sky’ experience.

Small cells and satellite – Making rural coverage pay

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In the densely populated urban areas of many markets, mature and emerging, cellular telephony has reached or is nearing saturation. Competition in these metropolitan markets is fierce and mobile operators are now intent on expanding their reach into remote and rural areas in a bid to drive further growth in subscriptions and revenues.

Inmarsat gets largest satellite up

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Satellite operator Inmarsat has announced the successful launch of Alphasat, its largest bird to date, from a base at Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

European satellite broadband gets speed boost

EutelSat has doubled the speeds of its packages to 20Mbps

Satellite broadband provider Eutelsat has announced that its consumer packages now offer faster download speeds of 20Mbps, double the speeds available when it launched in summer 2011. Upload speeds have also been increased from 4Mbps to 6Mbps, making it the fastest satellite packages available in Europe, according to Eutelsat.

Global express connectivity

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Alastair Bovim, managing director, and Rash Jhanjee, director of enterprise, Global Xpress Program, for Inmarsat Solutions, talk to telecoms.com at AfricaCom 2012 in Cape Town.

Telstar and the Bell System’s Forgotten Anniversary

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If you watched Wimbledon’s epic showdown live on television, then you have Telstar to thank. Launched 50 years ago, the Telstar-1 satellite, brainchild of Bell Labs, made international live broadcasts possible. On July 10, 1962, the age of global communications truly began.

The case for rural data services and satellite backhaul

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Mobile operators are now facing a plethora of challenges to maintain the high levels of profitability they are accustomed to. Issues including increased regulation, heightened competition from the traditional mobile value chain and new competitors from the Internet world are starting to seriously challenge operators.

LightSquared files for bankruptcy protection

LightSquared has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US

US wholesale player LightSquared has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid efforts to resolve regulatory issues that have prevented it from launching its satellite service.

Dish Networks trademarks planned wireless video and LTE services as ‘Ollo’

Dish Networks could be bringing and LTE Advanced service to the US under the brand name 'Ollo'

US satellite pay TV broadcaster Dish networks has applied for the trademark ‘Ollo’ as a brand name for its planned wireless LTE-Advanced based services.

Europe’s own GPS satellites ready for launch

The first two Galileo satellites will be launched in October 2011

A project to provide Europe with more reliable satellite navigation technology is nearing fruition after the European Commission (EC) announced that the first two satellite-navigation spacecraft are ready for launch.

Eutelsat satellite delivers 10Mbps broadband across Europe

Tooway is now offering up to 10Mbps broadband via EutelSat's KA-SAT satellite

Eutelsat Communications announced at the beginning of June that its KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite had gone live, bringing broadband speeds of up to 10Mbps to homes across Europe.

Satellite TV mania not over just yet in Eastern Europe

Sony unveils its Google TV unit

Conventional wisdom runs that Eastern Europe already has a surfeit of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV operators. But recent launches show there are yet more players willing to enter the market and, at least in certain markets, there is still some room for growth in subscriber numbers.

New World Operator

Martin Harriman will be speaking on day two of the LTE World Summit in May

It’s not every day that you come across a new carrier staffed by senior executives who are promising to “reset the industry”. But this is the bold claim made for US newcomer Lightsquared by the firm’s executive vice president of ecosystem development and satellite systems, Martin Harriman. Lightsquared aims to redefine the operator business model altogether, as Harriman will be explaining during his presentation at this year’s LTE World Summit in May.

Lightsquared faces setback as Government agencies call for interference review

Lightsquared launched its SkyTerra satellite in November 2010

Hopeful US market debutante Lightsquared, which is aiming to deploy a combination of LTE and Satellite wireless services on a purely wholesale basis, faces an obstacle to deployment as a number of US governmental agencies have aired concerns that the modification of its licence to allow for terrestrial as well as satellite offerings will cause interference with existing services.

Google satellites to reach orbit in 2013

O3B announced this week that it had secured more funding

Google-backed satellite operator O3b Networks, which stands for “the Other 3 billion”, is set to launch services in 2013 after this week securing its final round of funding. The company has raised a total of $1.2bn from a group of investors and banks.

NSN wins $7bn LTE contract from new US player

NSN wins $7bn LTE contract from Harbinger-backed LightSquared

Forthcoming US 4G wholesale network LightSquared said Tuesday it has tapped Nokia Siemens Networks in a deal worth $7bn to deploy infrastructure for its LTE/satellite combination network.

Intelsat puts a new bird in space

Intelsat puts a new bird in space

Fixed satellite operator Intelsat this week announced the successful launch of its latest bit of kit, the shiny new Intelsat 15 satellite (IS-15), which will replace the ageing 709 satellite.

Delivering data by air and sea

Delivering data by air and sea

During the keynotes and panel sessions on the morning of the first day of the Africa Com event in Cape Town, it became clear that non voice services hold much potential not just as a revenue generator, but also as a customer retention tool in Africa.

O3b appoints new chief to steer course in emerging markets

O3b is targeting "the other 3 billion"

Google-backed satellite operator O3b Networks has hired a telecoms veteran to steer it on its course to bring internet connectivity to emerging markets.

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