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Archive: October 2012 (X)

  • The recent 3-year contract awarded to Astrium Services by the European Defense Agency (EDA) for €2.3 million of commercial satellite capacity seems very small but still quite timely in a restrained budget environment.  But how long will the window of opportunity last to sell bulk satellite capacity to government entities in Europe?

    The climate of European defense over the past few months provides hope that a window of opportunity could lead to more deals like this for future ComSatCom…

  • Recently, U.S. Direct-to-Home platform Dish Network released plans to offer high-speed, satellite-based broadband to its subscribers.  Labeled “DishNet”, the service utilizes capacity from ViaSat and Hughes to deliver up to 10 Mbps to subscribers in either 10 GB or 20 GB data-limited flavors.  With a significant discount for bundling Dish DTH services with Internet plans, the service aims to provide Internet connectivity to the largely rural subscriber base of Dish Network.  However,…