Dish affiliates surrender some spectrum licenses: FCC official

Dish has said it is interested in offering wireless services in addition to its pay-TV business


(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp's affiliates on Thursday surrendered 197 spectrum licenses to the U.S. government after they were held ineligible for $3.3 billion in small-business discounts earlier this year, according to a senior U.S Federal Communications Commission official.

Dish's affiliates, Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC, on Thursday paid a penalty of $413 million for defaulting on the licenses worth $3.3 billion that they decided not to pay for, the official said.

Argentina celebrates second satellite launch, technology milestone

Local construction is a source of national pride and a relatively new industry for the country


BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - With the launch of its second telecommunications satellite made in Argentina on Wednesday, President Cristina Fernandez celebrated the country's technology milestone and wants the South American nation to manufacture eight more over the next 20 years.

Launched from French Guyana atop an Ariane 5 rocket, the satellite will provide telecommunications services across much of the western hemisphere. Argentina last year launched its first satellite which provided country-wide coverage.

Inmarsat seeks border monitoring role through partnership deal

Will provide secure connections for border staff to access central databases


LONDON (Reuters) - Satellite operator Inmarsat said it would play a role in border monitoring through a new partnership deal, opening up a new revenue stream at a time of growing demand from countries for technology to control entry to their territories.

The company said on Thursday it was linking with U.S.-based border security company Securiport to jointly develop services for governments interested in border monitoring, particularly in remote areas.

Inmarsat says new broadband network offers bright sales prospects

By 2020, the company expects the new network to generate $500 million a year


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Inmarsat Plc said Friday's expected launch of its third Global Xpress satellite will allow it to offer mobile broadband service to customers in the remotest regions, giving airline passengers the ability to stream movies and update social media on flights worldwide.

Globalstar location-tracking network vulnerable to hacking

Unlike Globalstar's satellite phone services, data from the devices is not encrypted in transit


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Location-tracking devices that communicate with a major satellite network operated by Globalstar Inc can have their transmissions intercepted or mimicked with false data, a U.S. security researcher said on Thursday.

Globalstar, of Covington, Louisiana, has sold hundreds of thousands or millions of the devices, which are widely used for tracking valuable shipments and assets.

OneWeb sets record launch plan after $500 million funding

648 small satellites orbit to provide global broadband and mobile telephone services


MUMBAI/CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - Privately owned OneWeb announced what it called the world's largest commercial rocket deal on Thursday after raising $500 million from a group of global investors to support its plans to bring broadband to billions of people via satellite.

The fund-raising attracted backing from Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Europe’s Airbus Group, which will also build 900 "micro-satellites" designed to extend the reach of the Internet to remote corners of the world.

Airbus to build satellites for OneWeb to beam Internet from space

$1.5-2 Billion project bankrolled in part by London-based Virgin Group and Qualcomm


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus Group will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb Ltd, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based Internet access to billions of people worldwide, company officials said on Monday.

About 700 of the satellites, each of which will weigh less than 330 pounds (150 kg), will be launched into orbit around Earth beginning in 2018. The rest will stay on the ground until replacements are needed, said OneWeb, based in Britain's Channel Islands.

LEO Satellite Constellations: Understanding Strengths and Limitations

LEO constellations can be a complementary, rather than competing, offering to GEO satellites

There are benefits to using satellites in LEO or GEO orbits.  The key for network operators is to choose the right satellite design, technology, and orbit for the application and market they serve. 

U.S. Air Force moves toward common satellite control system

Several options under discussion would free up money to focus on the sensors on different satellite systems


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is studying how to develop a common ground system to track, communicate with and control all the satellites it operates, a move that would save money and improve cybersecurity, the head of Air Force Space Command said on Thursday.

General John Hyten said in an interview that several options were under discussion that would free up money to focus on the sensors on different satellite systems that are used for communications, navigation, missile warning and other missions.

Boeing eyes satellite deal with tech giant this year

Aims to drive down the cost of satellite comms to compete with terrestrial price points


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co on Monday said it could clinch a deal this year to build a high-throughput communications satellite for top technology companies such as Google Inc, Inc, Facebook Inc or Apple Inc.

Jim Simpson, vice president of business development and chief strategist for Boeing Network and Space Systems, told Reuters the big technology firms were keen to expand Internet access around the world to help them grow.

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