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C-band Spectrum Reallocation: Too Lucrative to Ignore? - NSR Oct 2018
"While various countries have already implemented several measures to either purchase or forcefully take the band from satellite operators and auction off to telecom operators, the case in U.S. has been more uncertain until last year."

"The majority rights holders to 3.7-4.2 GHz of spectrum in the U.S. are Intelsat and SES, two major, global satellite operators in terms of in-orbit satellites and transponders leased. They account for almost ~90% of the U.S. C-band spectrum and service various cable customers across the U.S. for video distribution. However, with spectrum rights expected to expire in mid 2020s and YoY performance on the C-band U.S. business declining fast"

"with the new compression HEVC using DVB-S2X, almost all video distribution channels could fit in under 30% of Ku-band satellite capacity."
NSR  satellite  cellular  C-band  Intelsat  SES 
october 2018 by pierredv
Enabling a GEO-NGEO Hybrid System - Northern Sky Research, Jul 2018
"The Military segment has, historically, primarily been served by GEO satellites for execution of critical applications, including intelligence gathering, navigation and communication. GEO systems, by nature, offer the advantage of significant coverage via a single satellite, especially with the advent of GEO-HTS satellites. On the other hand, latency and significant CAPEX have always been limitations of the GEO architecture. These drawbacks have given rise to the emerging trend of LEO and MEO constellations (NGEO) that can offer low latency and lower cost per satellite. However, constellations have their own set of constraints, with system complexity, ground infrastructure costs and frequency spectrum coordination, to name a few. Considering both, the shortcomings as well as the strengths of each system, could this perhaps be the start of an integration between GEO and LEO/MEO operators with a hybrid GEO-NGEO system on the rise? "

"Keeping the overall system costs low, however, is where it gets complex for NGEO framework. Although the manufacturing and launch costs per satellite are relatively lower, the need for a considerable number of satellites, the associated replenishment costs and the ground infrastructure expenses – all intensify the overall system cost."

"NSR estimates just over 1% of total revenues for gov/military will come from Non-GEO constellations by 2027."

"[TCO] is a key driver for NGEO constellations, military and otherwise, and is as well one of the biggest challenges for the operators presently. Simply put, either the expenses, mostly CAPEX, need to drop or the revenues need to grow for the business case to sustain. This is where a GEO-NGEO Hybrid architecture could prove pragmatic."

"Intelsat’s and OneWeb’s unsuccessful attempt towards a strategic alliance was one example of this hybrid system. GEO operators JSAT and Hispasat have similarly announced strategic investment in LEO constellations including LeoSat."

"Another level of integration, perhaps more technically innovative, and therefore challenging, is a system where GEO satellites can handle the TT&C operations for LEO constellations and act as the base station control system of the network."
NSR  GEO  NGSO  Intelsat  OneWeb  LeoSat  SES  O3b  satellite  constellations  military  DARPA  business  market-research 
july 2018 by pierredv
Legal Legacies: Milestones In Satellite History - From our Archive - Via Satellite -
Communications Satellite Act
Domestic Satellites - "Open Skies"
Earth Stations
Reduced Orbital Spacing
The Transponder Sales Decision
Separate (from Intelsat) Systems
Satellite Radio
ViaSatellite  history  satellite  regulations  FCC  Comsat  Echostar  Hughes  Intelsat 
june 2018 by pierredv
Intelsat's FCC Pipedream - Intelsat SA (NYSE:I) | Seeking Alpha, Paul Litchfield, June 2018
Via Rich Lee

"The Mobile NOW Act, passed in March of last year, instructed the FCC to make available at least 255MHz below the 6GHz frequency by the end of 2020, with a goal of making 500MHz available."

"You can see from these points that the satellite companies really do not have much to offer that is of value to the mobile companies or the FCC and thus their proposal is very unlikely to be accepted."

(p. 5)"SES investors have heeded their CEO's advice and built in only a very small premium for any potential FCC windfalls, in stark contrast to the gargantuan gains racked up by Intelsat."

(p. 5) "However, for the sake of argument, let’s assume that the satellite companies are somehow able to accomplish the herculean task of fixing all these six problems. They offer to vacate at least 300MHz of spectrum, they are able to trample the rights of the FS companies, they convince the FCC to act in a seemingly unfair, legally challengeable manner, they get all the other satellite companies on board and they manage to convince the mobile companies to pay for something that they don’t need (satellite service licenses) for time periods that are too short and for licenses that have already expired. In that case, how does this proposal look compared to the usual ways of vacating spectrum?"
Intelsat  investing  spectrum  5G  satellite  legislation  SeekingAlpha  SES  cellular 
june 2018 by pierredv
FCC tells Eutelsat that Intelsat already called dibs on U.S. orbital slot - May 2018
"The U.S. Federal Communications Commission rejected a Eutelsat application for a satellite that would use the same spectrum as one planned by Intelsat. Eutelsat and Intelsat both told the FCC they wanted to field a new telecom satellite near 133 degrees west longitude to serve the U.S. market. Intelsat filed its application last May, some eight months ahead of Eutelsat, however. "

"Eutelsat, which says its filings at the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union predate any filings supporting Intelsat’s Galaxy-15R, has not given up on securing the rights to the slot."
SpaceNews  Intelsat  Eutelsat  licensing  FCC  ITU-R 
may 2018 by pierredv
Kymeta CEO on the Future of the Mobile Communications Market - Via Satellite - Mar 2017
"Kymeta plans to tackle both the issues of limited coverage and capacity in the mobile space with its long-awaited mTenna product line, which the company intends to release this coming May. Nathan Kundtz, chief executive officer of Kymeta, also told Via Satellite that the company plans to go one step further by partnering with Intelsat to introduce Kalo, a suite of network services supporting the satellite antenna."
ViaSatellite  Kymeta  satellite  antennas  Intelsat 
may 2018 by pierredv
Telesat comes out against C-band proposal, girds for spectrum fight - May 2018
"Fleet operator Telesat, originally undecided about a joint-use spectrum plan put forward by Intelsat, Intel and SES, is turning against the plan because of how participants would be compensated."

“As it stands, unless we can be persuaded that these proceeds are in fact going to be distributed in an equitable way, we are going to oppose this and will oppose it vigorously,” Goldberg said during a May 3 earnings call.

"Telesat’s biggest growth initiative is the preparation of a constellation of 117 low-Earth orbiting satellites for high-speed global broadband services. The first, a prototype from Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, is in orbit to test technologies and service provision ahead of a larger constellation. Goldberg declined to estimate the total cost of the constellation, ..."

"Even with those resources, Goldberg said Telesat will likely need additional investors or partners to realize the constellation."
SpaceNews  Telesat  satellite  Intelsat  Intel  SES  NGSO  LEO  commerce 
may 2018 by pierredv
Spengler Maps out 2018 for Intelsat After Eventful 2017 | Via Satellite Jan 2018
VIA SATELLITE: What technology innovation do you think could make the most difference to your business going forward?

Spengler: Antennas are key. One of the challenges we have had in satellite communications, with the exception of Direct-to-Home (DTH), has been that the antenna systems have been pretty simple as they are receive-only. But when it comes to two-way satellite communications, the positive is that they can be quickly deployed to build out infrastructure. The negative is that it is still too complex and too costly. Advancements in flat panel antennas and electronically steerable antennas is really critical to enable the ease of installation and operation.

.. You also need to enable interconnectivity and interoperability between networks. Satellite solutions need to become part of a much broader telecoms infrastructure.

VIA SATELLITE: Has the satellite industry reached a key inflection point in your mind? Will we see more change in the next 10 years than we saw in the previous 30?

Spengler: If you broaden that subject to society and technology in general, I think the answer is yes. I think the pace of change, not just in our industry, but overall is accelerating.
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  satellite  business  antennas  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
Orbital ATK lands second Intelsat satellite servicing deal - Jan 2018
"Orbital ATK almost two years ago struck a groundbreaking deal with Intelsat to add years of service life to an aging communications satellite. The companies on Thursday announced they are solidifying their partnership with a second contract to service another satellite."

"The first MEV should be up and running in 2019, extending the life of the Intelsat-901 satellite for five years. The MEV-2 is expected to be in service by mid-2020 on a five-year mission."

"Once the 4,500-pound vehicle reaches orbit, it will dock with the similarly-sized Intelsat-901 in a “graveyard” orbit about 300 miles above the geostationary arc to conduct tests and make sure everything works before the satellite is put back to work in a yet-to-be stated orbital slot."

"Orbital ATK’s main competitor in this sector, Maxar Technologies’ SSL division, is also developing space robotic servicing vehicles for NASA and for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. ... Maxar has a contract with fleet operator SES to provide on-orbit life extension of a satellite using RSGS. ... In contrast to the SSL vehicles, Orbital ATK’s MEVs lock with satellites and take over propulsive movements, rather than refuel the original spacecraft."
OrbitalATK  Intelsat  satellite  MEV  Maxar  NASA  SES  SpaceNews  satellite-servicing  in-orbit-servicing 
january 2018 by pierredv
Legal Legacies: Milestones In Satellite History - From our Archive - Via Satellite - Dec 2017
" the end of 1958 the tenuous principle of ‘freedom of space’ had been established. By allowing the Soviet Union to lead in this area, the Russian space program had established the U.S.-backed precedent for free access,” Launius explained.

" Half of the shares would be sold to the general public, and the other half to established international carriers. Comsat would be the U.S. member of Intelsat, which would operate the international satellite system."

"The United States was the third country, after Canada (Telesat) and Russia (Molniya), to launch domestic satellites."
ViaSatellite  history  satellite  surveillance  reconnaissance  Sputnik  Comsat  Intelsat  Panamsat 
december 2017 by pierredv
FCC begins approval of Orbital ATK satellite-servicing mission for Intelsat-901 - Dec 2017
Per Jeff Foust summary: "The FCC last week gave approval for Orbital ATK's Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) to perform "rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking" with the Intelsat-901 satellite in geostationary orbit. The company still needs approvals from the FCC to relocate Intelsat-901 and then undock from it. The FCC's approvals involved the use of frequencies for telemetry, tracking and command of the MEV"

From the piece:

"The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 5 okayed the first part of a satellite-servicing mission Orbital ATK’s Space Logistic subsidiary has with Intelsat, saying the servicing vehicle can execute “rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking with the Intelsat-901” satellite while in a graveyard orbit."

"In a public notice issued Dec. 8, the FCC authorized Space Logistics to use four different frequency bands for telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) of MEV-1 as the servicer completes post-launch maneuvers, reaches the graveyard orbit for decommissioned geostationary satellites some 300 kilometers above the geosynchronous arc, and attaches to Intelsat-901."

"Satellite servicing is a relatively new area for regulators, consequently requiring a lot of trailblazing by Orbital ATK. Anderson said the company has been in a dialogue with the FCC, the U.S. State Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for several years, and those discussions concluded that the FCC would be the licensing body for launch, deployment, docking and TT&C."

"The NOAA license is required because the MEV has cameras for docking that could also image the Earth, thus necessitating a remote-sensing license."
OrbitalATK  satellite  FCC  SpaceNews  FAA  TT&C  licenses  space  Intelsat 
december 2017 by pierredv
Seraphim Capital: Investor Interest in NewSpace is Growing Fast - Via Satellite - Nov 2017
"The commercial satellite industry is on the cusp of seeing a slew of exits from former NewSpace startups, according to Seraphim Capital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Boggett. In an interview with Via Satellite, Boggett pointed to the growing sum of venture-backed capital in the space industry as evidence that a number of young companies are rapidly accelerating toward maturity."

"While Boggett admits that there have been few successful exits thus far, “the wall of [maturing] space tech businesses” has proved an interesting target both for larger incumbent space companies and traditional players in the broader tech market. Boggett highlighted Google’s acquisition of Skybox Imaging (later renamed Terra Bella) and subsequent sell-off to Planet as one example. He also pointed to SoftBank’s intense interest in the OneWeb-Intelsat merger."

"Currently, Seraphim Capital itself has an explicit focus on Earth Observation (EO) companies, as well as the market subcategories that comprise the EO supply chain. "
ViaSatellite  VC  NewSpace  investing  space  Skybox  Planet  OneWeb  Intelsat  SoftBank 
november 2017 by pierredv
Intelsat Exec on Future Collaboration with OneWeb - Via Satellite -Via Satellite Jun 2017
"Although its bondholders’ failed to approve the highly anticipated merger with OneWeb, Intelsat will push forward with its plans to offer hybrid services from both Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO), said Kurt Riegelman, senior vice president of sales and marketing. In an interview with Via Satellite, Riegelman said Intelsat will still work closely alongside OneWeb in the future, leveraging both companies’ constellations to build out services in new and established verticals.

Intelsat’s board of directors approved the merger agreement back in February and expected the deal to close by the third quarter of this year. Unfortunately, even after numerous delays, Intelsat’s bondholders chose not to accept the proposed bond exchange deal before deadline."
space  satellite  ViaSatellite  Intelsat  OneWeb  investing 
november 2017 by pierredv
ViaSat, Intelsat, OneWeb cite access to spectrum as big concern | FierceWireless Oct 2017
"Asked about the major factors affecting investment in next-generation satellite technology, several leading satellite players said access to spectrum is the No. 1 issue. Executives from ViaSat, Intelsat and OneWeb testified Wednesday during a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing"

"Another related area: unlicensed spectrum. The business model changes dramatically when unlicensed spectrum is made available. In Africa, ViaSat needs to go through cellular operators to provide service, but the cell equipment costs thousands of dollars. In Mexico, it’s able to go directly with its own satellites and put in a Wi-Fi hotspot for $1,000, so seeing regulations to support those kinds of models would be very helpful, Dankberg said."

"As more satellites are launched, the potential for collisions rises, and OneWeb’s Wyler stressed that a more formal process needs to be created to prevent catastrophe in space."
FierceWireless  ViaSat  Intelsat  OneWeb  SpaceX  satellite  unlicensed  Wi-Fi  space-debris 
november 2017 by pierredv
Big Four Satellite Operators Banking on Long-Term Strategies - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES and Iridium each released their financial results for the third quarter this week. Check out a quick summary of how they fared below.
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  Eutelsat  SES  Iridium 
october 2017 by pierredv
That Time When Intelsat, Inmarsat and SES Joined to Defend Spectrum - From our Archive - Via Satellite -Via Satellite
"In 2007, Via Satellite awarded its Satellite Executive of the Year honors to three leading spectrum executives from operators Intelsat, Inmarsat and SES for crafting a unified message that helped preserve C-band spectrum access for the industry. Ten years later, Intelsat and Intel have made waves with a joint FCC proposition that opens the door to sharing C-band spectrum with mobile operators. Looking back to our 2007 SEOTY award winners explains some of the history behind the strong response to the proposal."

"The satellite industry’s use of C-band spectrum faced a serious threat in 2007, but a well-organized effort involving satellite players around the globe fended off terrestrial companies seeking a foothold in the band."

"The scope and complexity of this effort involved representatives from companies around the globe, and the task of keeping the different satellite-related companies unified in their message and organized through the months leading up to WRC-07 and throughout the meeting was a gargantuan one."

"We were aware of the WRC agenda item since WRC-03. However, the responsibility for this issue had been placed in ITU Working Group 8F, which was dominated by supporters of IMT."

"It has been a wake-up call in the sense that the message is now loud and clear — we are fighting for spectrum in competition with emerging terrestrial wireless services, both to keep our existing operations intact as well as to grow our own new services including mobile and broadband."
ViaSatellite  Intelsat  Inmarsat  SES  satellite  history  C-band  IMT  WRC-07  cellular  lobbying  ITU 
october 2017 by pierredv
"Ludicrous and Ridiculous" – CEOs React to Intelsat's 5G Proposal - Via Satellite -
"Choi believes, first and foremost, that C-band or any other spectrum used in Geostationary Earth Orbits (GEO) does not belong to any satellite operator but rather by countries/administrations that are registered with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). “The orbital slot filings operated by Intelsat belongs to an intergovernmental organization called the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) and I highly doubt they would agree to this preposterous move,” he said."

Choi believes there would be three violations of the rules and rights as defined by the ITU regulations at this move: “First, Intelsat does not own any C-band spectrum rights either in GEO or for use in terrestrial,” he said. “Second, the ITU Radio Regulations does not allow individual countries to assign satellite C-band spectrum for use terrestrially by any individual country. If the FCC agrees with this they would be setting a dangerous precedent and all other countries would follow suit. The radio regulations created in the ITU and its legitimacy maybe completely decimated, threatening the existing C-band operations in every country around the world. This would destabilize the fundamental business that even Intelsat has on a global basis. Third, C-band rights are assigned to multiple administrations that serve the United States and I don’t believe any other party would agree to go along with it.”
satellite  SatelliteToday  Intelsat  ITU  spectrum  rights 
october 2017 by pierredv
Russian Satellite Maneuvers, Silence Worry Intelsat - Oct 2015
A mysterious Russian military satellite parked itself between two Intelsat satellites in geosynchronous orbit for five months this year, alarming company executives and leading to classified meetings among U.S. government officials.
SpaceNews  Intelsat  satellites  collision  space-debris  Russia 
october 2017 by pierredv
Intelsat, Intel Propose C-Band 5G Solution | Broadcasting & Cable
"Intelsat and Intel (no relation) are teaming up on a marketplace-based proposal to allow for joint use of parts of the C-band spectrum (3700-4200) for 5G wireless, with satellite operators giving up spectrum in metro markets for a price set by the marketplace. "

"They are proposing clearing some portions of the band for 5G use in "certain" major metro areas—certain regions would be easier to free up than others, clearing could include "transitioning their services and customers to another portion of the licensed C-band spectrum, physically moving ground antennas outside of the identified geographic area, or other means," they said. . . . So, instead of an FCC action, a consortium of satellite operators would make the spectrum available and it would go to whatever wireless operator found that spectrum "most interesting," said an Intelsat exec speaking on background—essentially a private instead of public auction."
Intelsat  Intel  C-band  satellite  spectrum 
october 2017 by pierredv
Intelsat General Corp. President On Epic’s Military Uses | World Satellite Business Week content from Aviation Week
"The launch of the fifth in the Epic constellation of Boeing-made satellites, designed for maximum flexibility with the ability to interconnect between three different bands, will also be able to transmit full-motion video from small UAVs used by militaries"

"Butler explains that Epic, a Boeing 702MP satellite, can connect spot beams to other spot beams rather than connecting through a gateway. “You can just pick two beams anywhere on the footprint of the satellite and say, ‘I want to go from here to here,’” Butler notes. "

"Ultimately, that means users such as the U.S. military can offer more services with the same amount of capacity as in a traditional wide-beam architecture. In addition, these high-throughput satellites are able to reduce the threat of jamming. "
AviationWeek  Intelsat  Boeing  UAS  UAV  surveillance 
september 2017 by pierredv
Low Earth Orbit Constellations Could Pose Interference Risk to GEO Satellites, Oct 2015
"A proposed wave of low Earth orbit communications satellite constellations could become an interference hazard for satellites in geostationary orbit even if those new systems comply with existing rules, some satellite operators fear."

"[Daryl Hunter, senior director of regulatory affairs for ViaSat]said that problem could be exacerbated if a number of the proposed NGSO satellite systems are launched over the next several years. If some of them violate the ITU rules, he said, it could be difficult to determine which ones are causing the excess interference."
GSO  NGSO  satellite  interference  SpaceNews  ViaSat  O3b  Intelsat 
may 2017 by pierredv
OneWeb breaks ground on new satellite facility, gears up for 5G | FierceWireless Mar 2017
"The company's goal of launching hundreds of satellites is part of its vision to connect the 4 billion people who are under-served or unconnected around the world. While it does that, it’s also going to be in a position to supply backhaul for millions of small cells that are part of the cellular industry’s densification plans leading up to and in 5G."
OneWeb  Airbus  Intelsat  5G  FierceWireless 
march 2017 by pierredv
Satellites Remain Key Link in Evolving Hybrid Network Chain | 2016-08-15 | Microwave Journal
"Microwave Journal asked Intelsat, the company that launched Intelsat 1 in 1965 and now operates the world’s largest satellite services business, to describe their strategy for high bandwidth satellites."

"high throughput satellite (HTS) technology is entering the marketplace and will quickly dispel those constraints and see satellites serving as an integral part of the hybrid wireless networks of the future."

"For example, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will deliver 25 to 60 Gbps per satellite, 10× the throughput of traditional satellites, and operate at C-, Ku- and Ka-Bands."
satellite  Intelsat  broadband 
october 2016 by pierredv
Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK! - Jul 2015
"Musk needs a thumbs-up from the US Federal Communications Commission to put his satellites into orbit. But on July 9, Intelsat wrote a letter to the FCC asking that the agency block Musk's application for an experimental license, on grounds that the SpaceX founder is being too secretive about his plans."
FCC  Intelsat  satellite  interference  SpaceX  TheRegister 
july 2015 by pierredv

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