US Satellite TV provider Dish Network said today that it has completed its purchase of two satellite operators, TerreStar and DBSD North America (ICO). Dish said Monday that it has invested more than $3 billion to secure licenses for its proposed LTE terrestrial network. It said it looks forward to working with the FCC.
The FCC did not grant Dish the waivers they had requested to use the spectrum. The company said that the denial of those waivers will delay the use of new spectrum for commercial mobile broadband competition, but will continue working with the FCC on the forthcoming 2 GHz Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to achieve those goals as expeditiously as possible.
At the Satellite 2012 Conference, March 12-15 in Washington DC, Intelsat announced the 2012 delivery of its Global Mobility Network, the core of which is based on five satellites launching over the next 12 months.
Intelsat will offer continuous worldwide broadband coverage to maritime and aeronautical customers, backed by Automatic Beam Switching technology. “Maritime and aeronautical customers will benefit from robust, always-on connections at true broadband speed,” said Senior VP of sales, Kurt Riegelman.
The launch of Intelsat 22, currently planned for late March, will kick off Intelsat’s busy launch year. The satellite will be positioned at 72° East over the Indian Ocean region, joining the previously launched Intelsat 14 and Intelsat 18 satellites with additional mobility beams. Over the next 12 months, Intelsat will complete its mobility fabric with the launches of Intelsat 19, Intelsat 20, Intelsat 21 and Intelsat 27. Intelsat 22 also carries an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) payload that will be used by the Australian Defence Force and its allies in the region.
Intelsat acquired PanAmSat on July 3, 2006, and is now the world’s largest provider of fixed satellite services, operating a fleet of 52 satellites in prime orbital locations, worldwide.
SES is the world’s second-largest telecommunications satellite operator by revenue and operates a fleet of 50 geostationary satellites able to reach 99% of the World’s population.
SES CTO Martin Halliwell will kick off the conference during the CTO Roundtable Breakfast discussion on The Next Generation for Satellite Technology. SES-4, launched last month, was the 50th satellite in the global SES fleet and also the largest, most powerful SES satellite to date.
The largest fixed satellite operators also include Eutelsat (28 satellites ), Telesat Canada (13 satellites), Japan’s JSAT (8 satellites), Brazil’s Star One, Spain’s Hispasat, Australia’s SingTel/Optus, and Russian Satellite Communications.
Russia’s largest satellite-fleet operator, Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC), is in the middle of a major expansion program with Russia’s second-largest satellite fleet operator, Gazprom Space Systems of Moscow. Their RSCC’s Express AM4 satellite was injected to the wrong orbit and was a total loss. It was built by Astrium Satellites of Europe, and carried 30 C-, 28 Ku-, one L- and two Ka-band transponders to provide Internet access to remote communities using the Ka-band transponders.
Currently, AltegroSky provides a wide range of high-speed satellite services to enterprises and government agencies across Russia–including retail gas stations, railroads, and exploration sites, as well as for Internet points-of-presence.
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