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Archive: October 2012 (X)

  • Shaped by the vision of an all-IP future, satellite markets served by TDMA and SCPC solutions have blurred over the past several years. Products and feature enhancements introduced by manufacturers at either camp have consistently reinforced this notion that, despite conceptually different ways of accessing satellite spectrum, there is increasing overlap among the market segments that TDMA and SCPC equipment vendors target.

    One clear example of SCPC-TDMA convergence can be perceived in…

  • Fear Not for C-band

    Oct 23rd, 2012 by NSR

    NSR’s latest assessment for global C-band transponder demand trends, from its Global Assessment of Satellite Supply & Demand, 9th Edition study, predicts that total, worldwide C-band demand will drop by approximately 190 TPEs (36 MHz transponder equivalents) between 2011 and 2021. As the chart below shows, global C-band transponder demand is predicted to remain relatively stable/increase slightly between 2011 and 2016, and then demand will begin to drop off from 2017 onwards.


  • On May 18 this year, Intelsat Global Holdings, the world's largest operator of satellite services, filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission to raise up to $1.75  (€1.37) billion in an initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock. Specific date for the offering is still TBD.  Meanwhile, the request for an IPO from one of Telesat’s two major investors, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP), was filed and disclosed in the last month. What are the motives for these…