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  • At the end of October, the World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 (WRC-15) will commence in Geneva. The most contentious topic of debate being whether to take away rights that satellite operators currently, and for decades, have had for C-band spectrum. Recent years have seen a lot of headlines for HTS, and to a lesser degree Ku-band systems, and the new demand that these satellites can create. However, lost among these headlines is the very real, very diverse, and very much essential…

  • By October 1 each year, an average of 18 commercial GEO communications satellites have been procured and 75% of annual manufacturing business has been cultivated. Yet in 2015, manufacturers have placed a mere 11 satellites under contract, a harvest only 61% of that 5-year average. The industry did not foresee this lower yield. In its Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 5th Edition report, NSR had already forecasted a decline of 5 satellites compared to 2014 for a total of 23 (an…

  • The slide below is from an NSR event in France back in September 2014. Today’s announcement between Eutelsat and Facebook made a small part of this forecast take the form of a signed agreement. But what does this mean for satellite operators like Thaicom who have invested in High Throughput Satellites (HTS) for over a decade? And might the likes of Avanti and Yahsat, who have HTS capacity over Africa today, view this as a lost opportunity or the tip of a new iceberg? Does this mean that…