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The IRAA meets annually each October for its General Assembly and Social Gathering. It also holds an early Summer picnic jointly with COMARA (Comsat Alumni & Retirees Assoc.) and Intelsat staff between MAY-JUN; a biennial Winter Social between JAN-FEB and a biennial late Summer Social between AUG-SEP.

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Intelsat Signs Four-Year MEV Satellite Life Extension Deal with Northrop Grumman
Posted:
24 May 2024

 

by Jeffrey Hill | May 23, 2024

Satellite operator Intelsat has signed with Northrop Grumman‘s SpaceLogistics to utilize its two Mission Extension Vehicles (MEVs) and service its satellites for at least another four years. The contract agreement, announced Thursday, is itself a life-extension of a six-year-long partnership between the two companies that has showcased how the MEV-1 and MEV-2 vehicles can extend the life of aging Geostationary Orbit (GEO satellites beyond their typical 15-20 year lifespan.

SpaceLogistics’ MEV-1 vehicle docked with Intelsat’s IS-901 in 2020, marking the first time that two commercial spacecraft docked and began mission-extension service in GEO. After docking, MEV-1 pointed IS-901 to targeted antennas on Earth. Intelsat said the maneuver extended the satellite’s life for another five years.

. Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Viasat Stock Dips After Operator Projects Flat Revenue in FY '25
Posted:
23 May 2024

 

by Rachel Jewett | May 23, 2024

Viasat posted record revenue for fiscal year 2024, its first year including Inmarsat’s contribution, post-acquisition. But the company’s stock dipped 16% on Wednesday as Viasat projected flat revenue in the coming year due to competition in the broadband market and delays with aircraft connectivity installations.

The satellite operator delivered record revenue of $4.3 billion in fiscal year 2024, a 68% increase from $2.6 billion a year ago. This is the first year to include Inmarsat’s contribution after Viasat closed the transaction on May 30, 2023.

. Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

 

SES and Intelsat: the Biggest Deal of 2024
Posted:  8 May 2024

A collection of Via Satellite interviews and in-depth analysis on the combination of two satellite industry giants.

After years of rumors of a possible merger, SES announced on April 30 that it will acquire fellow satellite operator Intelsat in a $3.1 billion deal. Bringing together these two industry giants will create the largest Geostationary (GEO) satellite operator in existence, with a fleet of more than 100 satellites.

While not wholly surprising, the deal will likely have a major impact on the satellite industry. With massive GEO assets, SES’s Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) fleet, and Intelsat’s agreement for Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) capacity, leaders say this deal will create a formidable multi-orbit operator to go after growth markets like government and mobility.

In this Content Collection, Via Satellite takes a close look at the acquisition. We share commentary from a number of analysts breaking down the strength of the operators’ multi-orbit assets and how it will impact competition with Starlink and Kuiper.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Breaking Down the SES/Intelsat Deal: Analysts Review Multi-Orbit Assets and Competitive Effects
Posted:  3 May 2024

 

Though it long had been the subject of rumors, SES‘s agreement to finally acquire Intelsat still sent shockwaves through the satellite industry as the result will see the merge of two iconic global operators. Via Satellite spoke to a number of analysts to analyze the deal from the strength of the operators’ multi-orbit assets, to how it will impact competition with Starlink.

This roundtable includes Daniel Welch, co-founder and senior consultant of Valour Consultancy; Luigi Scatteia, partner, Space Practice Global Lead for PwC; Frost & Sullivan analysts Arjun Sreekumar, consulting director, Middle East & Europe, Growth Advisory, Aerospace & Defense and Pravin Pradeep, industry analyst, Aerospace & Defence; and Lluc Palerm, research director for Analysys Mason.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Full details of SES, Intelsat deal
Posted:  1 May 2024

May 1, 2024

SES’s senior management briefed analysts after their April 30th announcement that SES would buy Intelsat in a $3.1 billion (€2.8bn) cash purchase. The deal is transformational, not just for SES and Intelsat themselves but for the industry as a whole.

However, despite some very appealing statistics and forecasts, shareholders were extremely unhappy. Its share price crashed within moments of the announcement and during the day hit an ‘all time low’ of €4.13. It recovered a little as the afternoon went on and ‘bottom feeding’ buyers realised the stock was – perhaps – at bargain basement prices. Nevertheless, in three days its shares lost 20 per cent of their value as investors realised the agreement with Intelsat meant a probable 3-5 year timetable before tangible benefits would be felt.

On the upside the purchase means that SES, once the deal wraps, will control more than 100 geostationary satellites and 26 medium Earth orbiting craft. Neither business owns a Low Earth orbiting (LEO) fleet but SES has a capacity agreement with Elon Musk’s Starlink, while Intelsat has a similar agreement with Eutelsat’s OneWeb.

.Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

SES Explains the Strategy Behind the Long-Anticipated Acquisition of Intelsat
Posted:  1 May 2024

by Mark Holmes, Rachel Jewett | April 30, 2024

That SES will acquire Intelsat for $3.1 billion. It is a massive piece of industry consolidation, bringing together two of the largest satellite operators for a combined company with around $4 billion in revenue, more than 100 satellites in Geostationary Orbit (GEO), and 26 satellites in Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO).

SES CEO Adel Al-Saleh pitched the merger as bringing the companies together to create a player with a stronger multi-orbit position in the market to deliver better offerings in high-value markets like government and mobility

“This is a highly dynamic market. There’s new competition. This market is moving very fast, new LEO [Low-Earth Orbit] entrants are launching constellations. Having scale and a multi-orbit capability is critical to success. Being isolated or cornered into one part of the market without having the breadth and capability to compete is a difficult way to compete in this market,” Al-Saleh told analysts and investors on April 30.

“The stronger positioning in a multi-orbit capability gives us ways to deliver [solutions] to clients that we would struggle to deliver independently,” he added.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

SES to acquire Intelsat; solid Q1
Posted:  1 May 2024

April 30, 2024
By Chris Forrester

SES vs Intelsat C-band hearng postponed Posted:  1 May 2024 April 22, 2024 By Chris Forrester The long-running legal battle between SES and Intelsat over more than $400 million (€375.2m) which SES is claiming out of the sum received by Intelsat from the FCC’s compensation scheme for the reuse of C-band, has been postponed. A hearing initially set for April 24th has now been rescheduled for July 17th. SES is arguing that Intelsat agreed to a 50/50 split of the FCC’s overall $9 billion C-band compensation. Intelsat has hold of the cash and insists that the agreement didn’t stand once the FCC agreed to a public – and not a private – auction of the frequencies. .Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television.

The deal is not expected to clear regulatory hurdles much before H2 2025, and could well face anti-trust challenges in the US.

“The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both companies and Intelsat shareholders holding approximately 73 per cent of the common shares have entered into customary support agreements requiring them to vote in favour of the transaction,” added SES.

.Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

SES to Acquire Intelsat in Compelling Transaction Focused on the Future
Posted:  30 April 2024

April 30, 2024

Value accretive transaction underpinned by €2.4 billion (NPV) of readily executable synergies.

Creating a stronger multi-orbit operator with ~60% of revenue in high growth segments.

Enhances competitive offerings to deliver customer value through segment-relevant solutions.

Expanded cash flows, profitable growth outlook, & strong balance sheet drive total shareholder return.

Luxembourg and McLean, VA, 30 April 2024 — SES S.A. (“SES”) and Intelsat S.A. (“Intelsat”) announce an agreement for SES to acquire Intelsat through the purchase of 100% of the equity of Intelsat Holdings S.a.r.l. for a cash consideration of $3.1 billion (€2.8 billion) and certain contingent value rights. The combination will create a stronger multi-orbit operator with greater coverage, improved resiliency, expanded suite of solutions, enhanced resources to profitably invest in innovation, and benefit from the collective talent, expertise, and track record of both companies.

Click HERE for further details from Intelsat

 

SES to acquire Intelsat for $3.1bn
Posted:  30 April 2024

by Jeff Fouost | April 30, 2024

WASHINGTON — SES is acquiring rival satellite operator Intelsat for $3.1 billion, a deal that would bring together two of the major GEO satellite operators in a market facing increased competition from LEO constellations.

The companies announced April 30 that they had agreed on the deal, subject to regulatory approvals. SES will pay $3.1 billion in cash along with certain contingent value rights for 100% of Intelsat. The transaction is not expected to close until the second half of 2025.

SES said it will fund the deal through existing cash on hand, which it estimates to be $2.6 billion at the end of March, along with debt. The combined company would have about $4.1 billion in annual revenues and estimated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $1.9 billion this year. The combined company will remain headquartered in Luxembourg, where SES is based, but will maintain a “significant presence” at Intelsat’s home in the Washington, D.C., area.

Click HERE for further details from Spacenews.com

 

SES vs Intelsat C-band hearing postponed
Posted:  26 April 2024

April 22, 2024
By Chris Forrester

The long-running legal battle between SES and Intelsat over more than $400 million (€375.2m) which SES is claiming out of the sum received by Intelsat from the FCC’s compensation scheme for the reuse of C-band, has been postponed.

A hearing initially set for April 24th has now been rescheduled for July 17th.

SES is arguing that Intelsat agreed to a 50/50 split of the FCC’s overall $9 billion C-band compensation. Intelsat has hold of the cash and insists that the agreement didn’t stand once the FCC agreed to a public – and not a private – auction of the frequencies.

.Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

US government could help fund Intelsat's MEO plans
Posted:  13 April 2024

by Jason Rabinow | April 12, 2024

TAMPA, Fla. — Intelsat is in talks with the U.S. government to help fund 17 medium Earth orbit (MEO) satellites to expand the operator’s multi-orbit broadband network.

CEO David Wajsgras said the company, which operates geostationary satellites but also provides low Earth orbit (LEO) services via leased capacity from OneWeb, is due to pick companies to build its own MEO network before the end of June.

“We’ve been looking at multiple manufacturing partners for the bus, the sensors and for some of the modules,” Wajsgras told SpaceNews in an interview, “and determining the exact construct of the team that would put those satellites on orbit in approximately three-and-a-half to four years from now.”

Click HERE for further details from Spacenews.com

 

Intelsat  contemplates next step
Posted:  11 Ap4il 2024

April 10, 2024
By Chris Forrester

It was recently reported how Intelsat was facing up to its future and how it would compete with rival satellite operators.

More detail has now emerged. Intelsat has been through something of a nightmare this past few years, emerging – more or less – from Chapter 11 bankruptcy with much reduced interest obligations and the recipient of the FCC’s almost $5 billion in compensation for its C-band frequencies. One key indicator is that Intelsat’s current owners could move the company towards an IPO probably around 2027.

.Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Welcome New Member
Posted:26 March 2024

We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

 
March 2024

Lare Atcha-Oubou

 

Intelsat outlines future; plans for MEO
Posted:  21 March 2024

March 20, 2024

David Wajsgras, CEO at Intelsat, used his Keynote at the Washington Satellite 2024 show to explain how the satellite giant was changing from its past role, albeit important global supplier of bandwidth, to what he saw as new opportunities. Included in his discussion was news that Intelsat was close to deciding on a Medium-Earth orbiting constellation (MEO).

Wajsgras, which had last year’s merger with SES happened would have been the CEO at the combined company, told delegates that Intelsat was changing to provide full-scale, end-to-end solutions for its clients and was looking forward to greater use of Medium Earth orbiting and in particular direct-to-user connectivity.

.Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Intelsat Announces Multi-Orbit Strategy with Expansion of Eutelsat Group LEO Agreement
Posted:  
20 March 2024

March 19, 2024

MCLEAN, Va. – Intelsat today announced a strategic advance in its service capabilities through an expanded partnership with Eutelsat Group related to that company’s OneWeb low-earth orbit (LEO) constellation. The deal is a significant development for multi-orbit satellite connectivity solutions and positions Intelsat at the forefront of the next wave in global connectivity.

The arrangement provides a commitment of $250 million for LEO service over the first six years, with an option for an additional $250 million. This agreement will increase and further integrate LEO capabilities into Intelsat’s solutions offerings across its current and future customer base.

Click HERE for further details from Intelsat

 

Top Operators Bring a Laser-Like Focus to New Markets
Posted:  
20 March 2024

by Maria Torrieri | March 19, 2024

SATELLITE 2024’s Opening General Session on Tuesday brought together satellite industry leaders in a lively — and slightly heated — discussion on global broadband connectivity, technology, and what’s next for legacy operators amid competition from Starlink.

Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX, touched on several developments — including updates with Starlink, the recent John Deere deal, and Starship’s test flight — in addition to announcing SpaceX’s next frontier: plug and play lasers.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

10 Hottest Satellite Companies in 2024
Posted:  23 February 2024

by Rachel Jewett | February 22, 2024

Via Satellite’s 10 Hottest Companies rounds up 10 “must watch” companies in the satellite industry, from constellations, manufacturing, launch, and more. Via Satellite editors chose the companies on this list based on their expected activity for the year, and a mix of market share, transformational technology, ground-breaking deals, and overall industry excitement.

Now in its sixth year, it’s fascinating to see new companies make the list as the industry evolves. A number of these companies didn’t exist when the list started in 2019. The companies selected as the 2024 10 Hottest Companies in Satellite are listed here in alphabetical order:

Amazon / Project Kuiper For at least the next couple of years, Amazon will be playing catch up in the race to deploy its Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband constellation. Unlike other competitors making the leap from on paper to on orbit, Amazon’s vast financial resources provided the company with more time and a longer runway for its massive 3,236-satellite LEO system to take off. At the start of the new year, that time is running short.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Welcome New Member
Posted:19 February 2024

We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

 
February 2024

Kenneth Sierzega

 

Intelsat is Awarded Air Force Connectivity Contract
Posted:  16 February 2024

Deal Covers Experimental Defense Connectivity for Military Aircraft

MCLEAN, Va. – Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks, will develop and test multi-orbit satellite communications (SATCOM) systems on several different Air Force aircraft following the award of a new contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

The deal is part of the Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) program to address the government’s need for resilient communications for aircraft, using multi-band, multi-orbit implementations that can seamlessly be switched between orbits at a moment’s notice. The contract is for one year and has a contract value of $9 million.

me, after using C-band proceeds to pay down its debt. Intelsat emerged from bankruptcy proceedings about 18 months ago, cutting its debt in the process from from approximately $16 billion to $7 billion.

Click HERE for further details from Intelsat

 

Enhancing FAST Channel Distribution with Satellite
Posted:  16 February 2024

15 February 2024
Mandy Cassells, Principal Product Manager, Intelsat Media

FAST channels (Free Ad-supported Television) are booming worldwide and are disrupting traditional video consumption. According to Kantar, FAST is the quickest-growing streaming option in the U.S. with 47% of households now utilizing FAST every week.

So, what’s driving FAST adoption? Cost and accessibility are key drivers. Viewers are being pushed towards free ad-supported options due to price hikes by many subscription streaming services. Additionally, the pace of new content creation has slowed.

Click HERE for further details from Intelsat

 

Intelsat invests in hiSky
Posted:  
10 February 2024

February 9, 2024
By Chris Forrester

hiSky, which provides advanced satellite communication solutions, has signed an investment and strategic collaboration agreement with Intelsat. The investment marks a transformative development in the delivery of reliable, high-throughput satellite connectivity.

Intelsat’s investment in hiSky underscores hiSky’s technological prowess and market potential and places Intelsat as shareholders in the Israel-based company, joining Singapore-based ST Engineering’s Corporate Venture Capital, UAE-based SDF (Strategic Development Fund) owned by EDGE Group PJSC, and other current hiSky shareholders. The size of the investment was not revealed.

.Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Intelsat SES gets expedited hearing on Intelsat claim
Posted:  6 February 2024

February 5, 2024
By Chris Forrester

Intelsat’s Bankruptcy Court has agreed to hold a hearing into the SES claim for a larger share of the FCC’s C-band compensation payment. Judge Phillips will hold the hearing at his Richmond, Virginia court on April 24th.

In essence, SES is asking for the hearing to resolve the dilemma of having ‘won’ an appeal against Judge Phillips’ earlier verdict to deny SES a greater share of the C-band payments.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Astroscale, Boeing, SES and Intelsat Take Stock of 2023
Posted:  27 January 2024

by Mark Holmes -- January 26, 2024

2023 was a very eventful year in the satellite industry, and a number of companies made significant announcements as the industry heads into this unprecedented multi-orbit era. 2024 promises to be as equally as significant as companies look to make good on bold, ambitious business plans with more competition than ever.

To kick off the new year, Via Satellite reached out to a number of the industry’s most well-known names to find out how they viewed the events of 2023. This roundtable features Nobu Okada, CEO of Astroscale; Michelle Parker, vice president of Boeing Space Mission Systems; Rui Pinto, CEO of SES,and David Wajsgras, CEO of Intelsat.

Click HERE for further details from Viasatellite

 

Space investment rebounded in 2023 with heavy sector M&A, report says
Posted:  
17 January 2024

by Michael Sheetz -  January 16, 2024

KEY POINTS

  • Investment in the space sector bounced back last year, with $12.5 billion raised in 2023, according to a report Tuesday by New York-based Space Capital.

  • That was well above last year’s $9.3 billion raised but still below the $15.3 billion brought in during the record-high space investment of 2021.

  • Space infrastructure companies have been resilient through the recent downturn, but Space Capital’s report also highlighted 2023 as “a year of consolidation,” with 39 M&A deals.

Investment in the space sector bounced back last year, rebounding closer to the record high of 2021, according to a report Tuesday by New York-based Space Capital.

“Investment in Infrastructure remained strong, accounting for 70% of total 2023 investment and notching its second highest annual record, spurred by countercyclical revenue from government customers,” Space Capital managing partner Chad Anderson wrote in the report.

The firm’s fourth-quarter report found that space infrastructure companies brought in $2.6 billion of private investment during the period. That brought the sector to $12.5 billion in total investment for 2023, well above last year’s $9.3 billion raised but still below the $15.3 billion brought in during 2021.

Click HERE for further details from CNBC

 

Intelsat Expects $2.1B in Revenue This Year, Execs Outline Pivot to Solutions Provider
Posted:  
3 December 2023

by Rachel Jewett | December 1, 2023

McLean, VIRGINIA — Intelsat expects to earn $2.1 billion in revenue this year, CEO David Wajsgras said during an investor day event on Nov. 30, giving a rare look at the company’s finances and outlining its “strategic reset” from a bandwidth supplier to an end-to-end solutions provider.

Executives said Thursday that the company is in the best financial position in a long time, after using C-band proceeds to pay down its debt. Intelsat emerged from bankruptcy proceedings about 18 months ago, cutting its debt in the process from approximately $16 billion to $7 billion.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Intelsat wins IFC on Aerolineas Argentinas
Posted:  23 November 2023

by Mark Holmes --November 21, 2023

Intelsat has made a breakthrough in the in-flight connectivity (IFC) market in Latin America. It announced Nov. 20 that Aerolíneas Argentinas has tapped Intelsat to provide multi-orbit in-flight connectivity services on 18 Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The airline will become the first in Latin America to offer service using Intelsat’s new electronically steered antenna (ESA). It is less than 7 centimeters tall and interoperates on both Intelsat’s family of Geostationary (GEO) satellites and its partner’s constellation of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO)

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Intelsat Responds to SES's "bombastic brief"
Posted:
16 November 2023

November 15, 2023   |    By Chris Forrester

SES might have received the FCC’s $3 billion (€2.76bn) in compensation for handing over its C-band satellite frequencies in October 2023. But the long-running arguments over how the FCC’s overall compensation was allocated continue to resonate between SES and Intelsat.

Lawyers for SES filed their argument to Intelsat’s bankruptcy court on September 28th seeking about $421 million in extra payment from Intelsat and as part of a 50/50 agreement between SES and Intelsat. Their argument has the support of a successful appeal in front of the District Court.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

UK pushing to combine OneWeb Gen 2 and European sovereign constellation efforts
Posted:  
4 November 2023

by Jason Rabinow | November 3, 2023

TAMPA, Fla. — The U.K.’s space minister hopes to convince Europe to use OneWeb’s proposed second-generation satellites instead of pursuing a standalone constellation now that the British operator has merged with Eutelsat of France.

Europe’s plans for a global sovereign connectivity network by 2027 could take the form of hosted payloads on the upgraded low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites Eutelsat aims to deploy around the same time, George Freeman told SpaceNews in an interview.

Combining efforts would save costs during tough economic conditions while also reducing the mass of objects in space.

Click HERE for further details from Spacenewsn

 

SES and Boeing in a mess over O3b
Posted:  
2 November 2023

November 1, 2023

The latest batch of O3b satellites, called mPOWER, are all malfunctioning. The problem is in the power supply of the four in orbit and two others due to be launched on November 12th. Manufacturers Boeing is having to supply two additional satellites to compensate SES for the problems.

SES temporary CEO, Ruy Pinto, admitted to analysts that the power problems are worse than originally thought and that the fleet’s expected orbital lifetime will be significantly shorter than planned. SES said on October 31st that the existing orbiting satellites had suffered increasing “non-recoverable” events.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

SpaceX launches Intelsat's IS-40e high throughput satellite
Posted: 1 November 2
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by Jason Rabinow-- 31 October,  2023

TAMPA, Fla. — Electrical issues disclosed a few months ago on the first four O3b mPower satellites in medium Earth orbit will significantly reduce their operational life and broadband capacity, their operator SES announced Oct. 31.

SES interim CEO Ruy Pinto said getting the performance originally expected from the next-generation MEO constellation will require Boeing to build two more O3b mPower satellites than initially planned, alongside upgrades on five others already in the works.

Two upcoming O3b mPower satellites set to launch in a few weeks will not have these upgrades to enable SES to start initial services no earlier than April.

Click  HERE for further details from SPACENEWS

 

SES and Boeing to Share Risk and CapEx on 2 Additional mPOWER Satellites
Posted:  1 November 2023

by Rachel Jewett | 31 October, 2023

SES is pushing back the start of commercial service for its O3b mPOWER constellation to early in the second quarter of 2024, as it deals with power module issues on the satellites. To deal with the impact to the constellation, SES “reshaped” its contract with manufacturer Boeing to upgrade five of the remaining satellites and add two new satellites to the constellation.

CEO Ruy Pinto gave an update on the next-generation Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) program on Tuesday during SES’s third quarter 2023 call with investors. In August, SES reported “trip offs” on some of the power modules on board the four satellites on orbit.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Next-Generation Cybersecurity Defenses Coalesce for Space Systems
Posted:  24 October 2023

by Thom Fain | 23 October, 2023

Experts are optimistic about the future of cybersecurity as it relates to space, despite growing concern over the modern threat environment.

It’s no secret that advancements in AI are growing in parallel with the ambitions of foreign adversaries. Although not limited to state actors, the most obvious threats to Western cyber infrastructure are China and Russia – countries with antagonistic tendencies who happen to be launching inspector satellites into space.

Any number of Cold War analogies can be made in 2023, a year we saw the Pentagon ask for $3 billion for AI/ML capabilities while Elon Musk’s Starlink has been integral in the war between Ukraine and Russia. Regardless of the war’s eventual outcome, cyber confrontation is likely to continue at scale. However, experts are optimistic about the future of cybersecurity as it relates to space, in spite of the growing concern over the modern threat environment.

10 takeClick HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

SES Wins Space Force Contract, Launches New Media
Posted:  
21 October 2023

by Mark Holmes -- October 20, 2023

SES Space & Defense was awarded a a five-year, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) U.S. Space Force contract for proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) satellite-based services (SBS) through the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO). SES announced the deal, Oct. 20.

“The pLEO IDIQ is the first multiple award contract to deliver pLEO COMSATCOM services to the government and military. The contract structure is part of the U.S. Space Force’s new approach to acquiring SATCOM. These awards are foundational for COMSATCOM integration and proliferation into new waveforms and orbits enabling connectivity and communication at the tactical edge,” David Fields, SES Space & Defense President and CEO, said in a statement.

.Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

SES Appoints Adel Saleh as CEO
Posted:  14 October 2023

Luxembourg, 13 October 2023 – SES, a leading provider of global content connectivity solutions, today announced that Adel Al-Saleh has been hired as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective February 2024.

Since January 2018, Al-Saleh has been CEO at T-Systems International GmbH, the integrated IT services provider and subsidiary of telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom AG (DT), and he has served as a member of the Board of Management at DT throughout this period. In his time at T-Systems, Al-Saleh led the transition from a classic information technology and outsourcing business to an integrated IT services and digital solutions provider while driving growth initiatives to optimise operations, improve efficiency, increase customer satisfaction, expand employee engagement and maximise profitability.

Click HERE for further details from SES

 

Inflation is already running past next year's Social Security COLA
Posted:  13 October 2023

by Brett Arends | 12 October, 2023

The latest inflation figures from the United States government are worrying news for senior citizens -- and I'm not even talking about 80-year-old Joe Biden, although they threaten his re-election campaign as well.

Social Security beneficiaries are going to have to make do with a mere 3.2% cost-of-living-adjustment to their monthly checks starting January, the program's administrators said Thursday.

Read: Social Security's COLA for 2024 is 3.2%, vs. 2023's historic 8.7% inflation-fueled adjustment

Click HERE for further details from Morningstar

 

SpaceX Aims to Offer Starlink Direct-to-Cell Text Service in 2024 IoT By 2025
Posted:  12 October 2023

by Rachel Jewett | 11 October, 2023

SpaceX is targeting direct-to-cell service that enables text messaging with the Starlink constellation in 2024, and voice and data and IoT service by 2025. SpaceX updated Starlink’s website with a new page focusing on direct-to-cell service.

SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk previously gave the target that Starlink would enter beta service for direct-to-cell with T-Mobile in late 2023. Starlink announced the deal with T-Mobile last year, pitching the service as a way to close gaps in cellular networks in rural and remote areas and allow T-Mobile customers to send messages via Starlink satellites.

Starlink has signed a number of other global cellular providers as partners — Rogers in Canada, Optus in Australia, One NZ in New Zealand, KDDI in Japan, and Salt in Switzerland.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Matt Frumin: A Unique Moment for an Extraordinary Opportunity
Posted:
11 October 2023

 

By Matt Frumin | October 10, 2023

 

The former Intelsat headquarters, located at 4000 Connecticut Ave. NW, just one block from a Metrorail stop, offers a rare opportunity for the District to acquire a massive property that can serve all Washingtonians.

The 660,000-square-foot building, which most recently housed the international independent Whittle School, is currently on the market. It is sited on a lot with up to 45,000 square feet of developable land, not including the lovely park along Connecticut Avenue that should be preserved.

Significant portions of the building are turn-key and ready for myriad uses, especially educational programs for all ages. The site is one of the few of its size ripe for development in our city, and it would be a travesty not to seize upon this unique opportunity.

Click HERE for further details from The DC Line

 

 

 

Eutelsat, OneWeb complete merger
Posted:  28 September 2023

September 28, 2023   |    By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat Communications has announced the completion of its all-share combination with OneWeb, the global low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications network, following the approval at the Ordinary and Extraordinary General Meeting of Eutelsat shareholders in Paris. The combination forms Eutelsat Group.

The company remains headquartered in Paris. OneWeb will be a subsidiary operating commercially as Eutelsat OneWeb with its centre of operations remaining in London. The Company remains listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange and has applied for standard listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

 

10 Takeaways from World Satellite Business Week 2023
Posted:  28 September 2023

by Rachel Jewett | 26 September,  2023

The Westin Vendôme in Paris was packed in mid-September with a completely sold out World Satellite Business Week (WSBW). As the industry is expanding, the show is growing and buzzing with energy. While there wasn’t any show-stopping news during the week, WSBW was a good opportunity to gauge the pulse on the industry more than halfway through the year. Via Satellite shares its 10 takeaways from the conference.

Starlink Dominates the Connectivity Conversation All of the satellite operators, whether traditional Geostationary Orbit (GEO) or new constellations are trying to position their businesses to stack up against Starlink, which just passed 2 million subscribers. Discussion of SpaceX’s broadband constellation dominated panels on everything from connectivity, regional operators, and ground technology. Everyone is pursuing a differentiation strategy, whether it’s a focus on a particular market, technology, or specific business model. While a few years ago major operators were taking shots at the feasibility of such a constellation, now they are openly admiring how Starlink disrupted the market and insisting there’s plenty of demand to go around.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

The Future of Smart Phones with Satellite Direct-to-Handset
Posted:  27 September 2023

by Ivan Suarez | 26 September,  2023

There is a sense of safety that comes with being connected, a contemporary feeling that surpasses cultures and identities. Losing access to data, voice or messaging services deters users around the world from exploring unique places and fulfilling their dreams as that important sense of security vanishes. Satellite connectivity has for decades allowed privileged users to remain connected – and safer – thanks to orbital systems that made their world smaller with specialist devices operating under mobile satellite services (MSS).

In 2022, the telecommunications sector made history by bridging the previously thought impossible link between cell phones and satellite networks, what we refer to as “direct-to-handset” (DTH) connectivity. It took the alignment of a mature non-Geostationary (NGSO) system, advanced nanotechnology, as well as active cooperation between a smartphone manufacturer and a satellite operator to make DTH a reality, because the network and commercial hurdles were too complex to solve without economic incentives.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

How Two SATCOM companies are responding to Starlink's dominance
Posted:  15 September 2023

By Courtney Albon | September 15, 2023

LONDON — With SpaceX’s Starlink constellation dominating the space-based communications market, longstanding satellite operators are positioning themselves to compete with the billionaire-owned company — particularly when it comes to military and government services.

SpaceX, with its 5,000-satellite Starlink fleet, has a hedge on the satellite communication market, but executives at U.K.-based OneWeb and Luxembourg-based Intelsat told C4ISRNET this week during the DSEI conference here they see opportunities to join the behemoth in meeting increasing connectivity demands.

Click HERE for further details from C4ISRNET

 

SES vs Intelsat C-band payments: Court dates set
Posted:  15 September 2023

September 14, 2023

The long-running legal action from SES arguing for a greater share of the FCC’s C-band compensation payments, and which demands Intelsat honour its 50/50 agreement with SES, has now set some key dates for the action.

SES has already received a positive Appeal verdict from the US District Court and now the lower Bankruptcy Court must accommodate that verdict.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

LEO Operators Pitch the Orbit's Value for IFC at Connected Aviation Event
Posted:  14 September 2023

by David Hodes | September 13, 2023

DENVER, COLORADO — Satellite operators building constellations in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) are targeting in-flight connectivity as a critical market for their businesses. Executives made bold projections for how airlines will adopt LEO at the Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit, in Denver, Colorado, on Sept. 7.

Jason Sperry, head of Business Aviation for OneWeb, projects that the aviation and airline community will “absolutely” achieve a majority of traffic over LEO by 2030, estimating 50% or more.

Ronald van der Breggen, chief commercial officer at Rivada Space Networks, agreed on LEO’s significance, but put the traffic figure at more than 70%. “It’s all about the user,” he said. “It’s not about what the airlines want, or the capabilities of the satellite companies. It’s about the end user.”

Click HERE for further details from Avionics International

 

SES Teams Up with Starlink to Package Connectivity for the Cruise Segment
Posted:  14 September 2023

by Mark Holmes, Rachel Jewett | September 13, 2023

SES is bringing a new multi-orbit hybrid connectivity solution to the cruise industry, integrating SpaceX‘s Starlink connectivity into its offering for cruise companies. The joint offering announced Wednesday is SES Cruise mPOWERED + Starlink. The solution will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

The product will be integrated, sold, and delivered by SES. The operator pitched it as combining the best of Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) and Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) for high-speed and secure cruise connectivity. The solution is available in either a Premium tier at 3Gbps per ship, or the Pro tier at 1.5 Gbp per ship.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Intelsat, Aalyria Sign Deal to Advance Multi-Orbit Connectivity
Posted:
13 September 2023

September 12, 2023

MCLEAN, Va. – Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Livermore, California-based Aalyria, the advanced software-defined and optical networking communications pioneer, that includes financial commitments to advance the development of a new optical technology that will transfer record amounts of data between ground and space.

“Aalyria’s groundbreaking technologies give us the opportunity to pursue highly-secure connectivity at unprecedented speeds, opening up new frontiers in satellite communications,” said Bruno Fromont, Intelsat Chief Technology Officer. “The Intelsat-Aalyria collaboration will enable enhanced mobile broadband connections and represents another step forward towards our Next Generation Unifying Network vision enabled by software-defined networking, 5G and multi-orbit operations.”

.Click HERE for further details from Intelsat

 

Intelsat wins Air Canada IFC
Posted:  8 September 2023

Long-term relationship between satellite connectivity provider and Canada’s leading airline expands to include 100 additional aircraft equipped for Wi-Fi with craft using new antenna

by Joe O'Halloran | Published 7 September 2023 16:15

The reach of satellite-based data services is rapidly expanding to more places on Earth and in the sky as airline passengers come to expect in-flight connectivity as a standard.

Addressing the needs of its passengers, Air Canada has turned to Intelsat – one of the world’s leading providers of in-flight connectivity (IFC) – to provide connectivity systems for nearly 100 additional aircraft across its fleet, including Intelsat’s multi-orbit electronically steered array (ESA) antenna.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, claimed to be the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled service directly to more than 180 airports in Canada, the US and internationally on six continents.

To further enhance customer experience through the use of technology, it has partnered with Bell to offer free messaging for all members of its Aeroplan customer loyalty scheme worldwide on all Wi-Fi equipped aircraft across Air Canada’s fleet.

Click HERE for further details from Computer Weekly

 

Intelsat and SES Complete C-Band Spectrum Clearing
Posted:
15 August 2023

by Rachel Jewett | August 14,  2023

Both Intelsat and SES report they have completed activities to clear C-band spectrum, paving the way for the two companies to receive billions of dollars in payments.

This closes out the operators’ work to clear a portion of the C-band after the FCC reallocated the C-band for wireless use in 2020. Overall, satellite operators received relocation costs and a total of $9.7 billion to clear the spectrum, while the auction grossed $80.9 billion, setting a record as the highest-grossing FCC auction.

SES confirmed on Aug. 10 that the FCC certified its C-band clearing including launching five new satellites and repacking all of its C-band downlink services in the continental United States in a certain portion of the band.

SES is now eligible to receive its second chunk of accelerated relocation payment, totaling $2.99 billion, before tax estimated at about 18% to 19%. SES expects this payment to be made in the fourth quarter of this year.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Intelsat Galaxy 37/Horizons-4 Satellite Successfully Launched
Posted:  4 August 2023

MCLEAN, Va. – Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network and leading provider of inflight connectivity, announced the successful launch of Galaxy 37/Horizons-4 (G-37/H-4), setting a new record for the commercial satellite industry by sending eight geostationary satellites into space within 10 months.

“This launch completes our comprehensive Galaxy fleet refresh plan started about 10 months ago,” said Dave Wajsgras, CEO at Intelsat. “This milestone is now a part of the 40-year Galaxy legacy – satellites our North American customers have relied on for decades. It also marks the 20-year anniversary of our JSAT partnership. This joint venture has allowed both companies to serve more customers in more places throughout the world.”

Click HERE for further details from Intelsat

 

District Court "Sides With SES Over Intelsat in C-Band Claims
Posted:  27 June 2023

By Rachel Jewett   |    June 26, 2023

A judge has sided with SES in an ongoing dispute over $421 million of Intelsat’s C-band proceeds, ruling that the previous bankruptcy court erred in siding with Intelsat. The June 22 opinion was released just after Intelsat pulled out of potential merger talks with SES.

Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Payne’s opinion says the bankruptcy court’s decision will be reversed, and sent the case back to bankruptcy court. The case was in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond division, case No. 3:22-cv-668. “The judgment of the bankruptcy court will be reversed and this matter will be remanded to the bankruptcy court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion,” Judge Payne said in the opinion, accessed via Pacer.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Intelsat and SES $10bn merger talks scrapped
Posted:
23 June 2023

by Jack Haddon June 22,  2023 03:41 PM

Satellite companies proposed deal will not be taking place after three months of official talks Consolidation in the satellite industry is expected to significantly increase in the coming years, as legacy operators struggle to meet the scale of the disruptive forces of SpaceX and Amazon.

One such merger that was touted between Luxembourg-based SES and US firm Intelsat, however, will not be taking place.

Rumours had been swirling that the two companies would be merging for a while, with the two companies confirming talks had begun in March.

Sources from SES told Bloomberg on Wednesday that Intelsat had walked away from the deal and a short statement was posted to SES’s website today.

“SES announces today that discussions regarding a possible combination with Intelsat have ceased. On 29 March 2023, SES had confirmed that the company engaged in discussions with Intelsat and that there could be no certainty that a transaction would materialise,” it read.

.Click HERE for further details from Capacity Media

 

SES CEO Steve Collar announces sudden resignation
Posted:
13 June 2023

by Jason Rabinow--June 12,  2023

TAMPA, Fla. — Steve Collar announced plans June 12 to step down as SES CEO at the end of the month after more than 20 years with the multi-orbit satellite operator.

SES chief technology officer Ruy Pinto, a former chief operating officer at Inmarsat who joined SES in 2017, is taking the company’s reins until it can find a permanent successor.

Luxembourg-based SES said in a news release that Collar is leaving to pursue other professional and personal endeavors — without elaborating.

Despite his sudden departure, SES vice president of external communications Suzanne Ong said Collar plans to remain fully available to the company beyond June 30 to support a smooth transition.

Click HERE for further details from SPACENEWS

 

Intelsat: 'Insider trading' appeal lodged
Posted:  
31 May 2023

May 30,  2023

The Intelsat Class Action into alleged insider trading, which had earlier been dismissed by a District Court judge on April 26th, has seen an appeal lodged.

The case revolves around alleged insider trading over the sale of Intelsat shares by certain shareholders including the then chairman Dave McGlade. The sale allegedly took place ahead of the FCC deciding to itself auction off C-band frequencies. Prior to the FCC decision it had been expected that members of the Alliance (notably Intelsat and SES) would themselves sell off their frequencies.

The new appeal argues against the dismissal of the case made by Judge Jeffrey White. The appeal is lodged with the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The confidential witnesses in the case, who gave evidence in favour of the Plaintiffs, did not add enough relevant detail to support the Class Action, said Judge White in his ruling.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Welcome New Member
Posted:22 May 2023

We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

 March 2023

Andrew Lee

 

Connecting the Dots | SES-Intelsat merger would face uphill regulatory struggle
Posted:
27 April 2023

by Jason Rabinow--April 25,  2023

Plenty of operational synergies await SES and Intelsat if the world’s largest fixed satellite service (FSS) providers can craft a merger able to clear regulatory scrutiny.

Following years of industry speculation, SES confirmed it was in early talks about combining with Intelsat on March 29, shortly after Bloomberg reported a deal could be just weeks away.

A merger would bring together more than 70 satellites SES has across geostationary and medium Earth orbit with Intelsat’s more than 50 geostationary satellites, forming a company exceeding $4 billion in annual revenues.

Pooling resources would help them rationalize their fleets as capacity prices come under pressure from a flood of satellites coming to orbit.

High throughput satellites supplied around 2.7 terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity across geostationary and non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) in 2021, according to Northern Sky Research. This jumped to nearly 21 Tbps in 2022 and is on track to more than double to around 43 terabits next year.

Click HERE for further details from SPACENEWS

 

Intelsat 'Class Action' judge ready to decide
Posted:  21 April 2023

April 20, 2023  | Advanced Television

Intelsat’s long-running Class Action lawsuit against key shareholders alleging insider trading will be decided by a judge on the basis of documents and motions already filed to the court.

The judge in the case has cancelled a planned full court hearing (which called for a jury trial) and dismissed some of the motions in the case. The hearing was due on April 28th.

.Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Intelsat orders another space tug rescue
Posted:  14 April 2023

April 14, 2023   |    By Chris Forrester

Intelsat has ordered a Mission Extension Pod (MEP) from Northrop Grumman’s SpaceLogistics, which will add life to an Intelsat satellite and provide uninterrupted services to many customers.

The MEP jet pack often referred to as a ‘space tug’ will be installed by SpaceLogistics’ mission robotic vehicle (MRV) on an Intelsat satellite operating in geosynchronous orbit, ensuring continuity of satellite service for at least six years beginning in 2026. Intelsat has not identified which satellite will be serviced. Both MEP and MRV have completed critical design reviews, are in assembly and testing, and are proceeding toward launch.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

SpaceX launches Intelsat's IS-40e high throughput satellite
Posted:
8 April 2023

by Jason Rabinow-- 7 April,  2023

TAMPA, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched Intelsat’s IS-40e communications satellite April 7, which will help the operator meet growing demand for connectivity on planes while also carrying its first hosted payload for NASA.

The satellite deployed solar arrays and is receiving and sending signals in geosynchronous transfer orbit following its 12:30 a.m. Eastern launch, its manufacturer Maxar Technologies confirmed.

The first stage booster of the Falcon 9 rocket that lifted IS-40e off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, also successfully landed on a drone ship for later reuse.

It will take three weeks for the satellite to use onboard chemical propulsion to reach its final orbital slot at 91 degrees West over North America, Jean-Luc Froeliger, Intelsat’s senior vice president of space systems, told SpaceNews in an interview.

Click HERE for further details from SPACENEWS

 

Intelsat [Class] Action: "Core deficiencies remain"
Posted:  4 April 2023

April 3, 2023  | Advanced Television

The long-running Class Action against alleged Intelsat inside traders has seen a rebuttal submitted by the Defendants. They argue that the Plaintiffs have failed to make their case and has not made any plausible facts demonstrating that Intelsat obtained any material non-public information prior to the Defendants [sale of shares]. The rebuttal calls for the court to dismiss the Action.

The events that lead up to the claim state that on the morning of November 5th 2019, a meeting took place with Intelsat’s CEO Steve Spengler at the FCC to discuss Intelsat’s (and SES) C-band proposal for a private auction of some of the satellite company’s C-band assets over the US.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Market reacts to SES, Intelsat rumours
Posted:
1 April 2023

by Chris Forrester - March 31, 2023

The potential link between the world’s two largest satellite operators, SES and Intelsat, is intriguing the market. The news – at this stage more rumour than hard fact – follows on from a slew of similar mergers/acquisitions in the sector including Viasat’s upcoming purchase of Inmarsat, Eutelsat’s merger with OneWeb, and plenty of smaller satellite-based deals over the recent years.

The hard facts are that any agreement between the two rivals would position them in a better place to compete with new entrants such as Starlink and the proposed Jeff Bezos-backed Project Kuiper.

Bloomberg, in its report on the rumours, states that SES and Intelsat are in “advanced negotiations” and aiming to reach an agreement in the next few weeks. A satisfactory conclusion could value the combined business at more than $10 billion including some debt.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television 

 

Intelsat and SES are on a $10B collision course
Posted: 30
March 2023


IAIN MORRIS, March 30, 2023

 

An extra-terrestrial landing on planet Earth and hearing all the Musk and Bezos babble about satellites could be forgiven for thinking they were a new discovery for Earthlings. Yet Intelsat and SES have a combined age of 96 and had equipment floating around in space long before most people had phones in their pockets. Under attack from a swarm of new satellites, including the constellations of the Tesla and Amazon billionaires, these antiquities of the industry are now joining forces in a deal valued at US$10 billion, according to a Bloomberg story.

 

Click HERE for further details from LightReading

 

Intelsat buys capacity on Hispasat's Anmazonas Nexus satellite
Posted: 18
March 2023

by Jason Rabinow-- March 17,  2023

TAMPA, Fla. — Intelsat has acquired a “significant amount” of capacity from the recently launched Amazonas Nexus satellite to meet demand for connectivity over the Americas, an executive for the company told SpaceNews.

Gerry Collins, Intelsat’s director of product management and networks, said the company is leasing the satellite’s high-throughput Ku-band capacity from Spanish operator Hispasat for customers across the United States, Brazil, and North Atlantic Ocean.

“We don’t discuss specific terms of our contracts, but we are calling the satellite Intelsat 46 (IS-46), which means we are making a long-term commitment [for] our customers,” he said.

.Click HERE for further details from SPACENEWS

 

SES vs Intelsat: Appeal hearing March 20
Posted:  
17 March 2023

by Chris Forrester -- March 16,  2023

The extremely long-running C-band legal action between the world’s two largest satellite operators, SES and Intelsat, is due in court next Monday, March 20th.

SES is arguing that it is entitled to a 50 per cent share of the FCC’s compensation payments for the pair’s certain satellite C-band frequencies which the FCC subsequently auctioned off to telcos for 5G usage. Specifically, SES is arguing for a greater slice of the FCC’s Accelerated Relocation Payment.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Intelsat to Operate Air Pollution Monitoring Space Instrument
Posted:
15 March 2023

NASA and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory are innovating to improve air quality in North America

 

MCLEAN, Va --(BUSINESSWIRE) -- Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), completed testing of the operational and data collection system for the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent every daylight hour at high resolution. The new UV-visible spectrometer, operated by Intelsat for NASA and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, will be hosted on the Intelsat 40e (IS-40e) satellite set for launch next month..

 

Known as TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution), the mission of the instrument is to create a revolutionary new dataset of atmospheric chemistry measurements from space. TEMPO data will play an important role in scientific studies of phenomena such as rush-hour pollution and the movement of emissions from forest fires and volcanoes. Scientists could eventually apply TEMPO observations to air quality alerts for people in pollution hot spots and those living with health issues.

 

Click HERE for further details from businesswire.

 

Eutelsat and Intelsat Sign Multi-Orbit Contract Enhancing Connectivity with OneWeb Services
Posted:
10 March 2023

 

9 March 2023

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext: ETL) has signed a multi-orbit agreement with Intelsat to enhance connectivity solutions over Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific, including OneWeb services.

Under this new seven-year multi-million-euro capacity agreement with a progressive roll-out of assets over 2023, leveraging Eutelsat’s High-throughput satellites (HTS) in the Ku-band including the recently launched EUTELSAT 10B satellite and OneWeb’s constellation, Intelsat will be able to offer connectivity solutions for air, land and sea.

This deal cements a proposed deal previously announced on the EUTELSAT 10B satellite in October 2019 between Eutelsat and Gogo Commercial Aviation, acquired by Intelsat in 2020. The new capacity agreement adds OneWeb’s LEO (low-Earth orbit) solution to a larger portion of Eutelsat’s HTS GEO (geostationary orbit) assets (EUTELSAT 172B, the coming EUTELSAT 10B, and the future Flexsat), creating a unique hybrid offer that provides Intelsat with enhanced connectivity capacities.

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Click HERE for further details from TalkSatellite.

 

Class Action against Intelsat insiders
Posted:
7 March 2023

 

By Chris Forrester - 6 March 2023

 

“Any reasonable person – and juror – would believe that there was insider trading” states a motion from lawyers for the Class Action against some Intelsat shareholders and the company chairman, Dave McGlade, provided their detailed claim for the Northern District of California Court. Their action is due to be heard on April 28th.

The Action argues that the defendants in the case sold shares worth $246 million and thus avoid $185 million in losses but “innocent investors were left [with nothing]”. The Action states each of the named defendants “owed a fiduciary duty to Intelsat shareholders.”

Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

 

 

Intelsat to keep headcount on par with growth
Posted:  1 March 2023

by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba - Johannesburg, 13 Feb 2023

Multinational satellite services provider Intelsat is bullish about its future growth prospects and the staff complement needed to support this growth.

This is despite macro-economic conditions that have forced a number of global tech companies to scale down their employee headcount in recent weeks.

In an interview with ITWeb, Rhys Morgan, regional vice-president, EMEA media and networks sales at Intelsat, says the company is pretty lean in terms of personnel.

According to Morgan, Intelsat recently increased its number of employees, following the acquisition of a commercial aviation business that brought a “good number” of people into the fold.

“We’ve invested in terms of more people, and supporting key areas,” he states. “We’re still a small company in terms of overall headcount. Our view of business is that we see growth and where see growth, we need people to support that growth.”

Click HERE for further details from IT Web

 

Intelsat Completes Multi-Orbit In-flight Wi-Fi Tests
Posted:
1 March 2023


February 28, 2023

The electronically steered array (ESA) antenna is the only commercially available product in the aviation industry capable of operations with LEO and GEO satellites

MCLEAN, Va. – Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), today announced the successful completion of inflight testing of its new electronically steered array (ESA) antenna. This antenna enables global streaming-fast Wi-Fi service and is available to airlines around the world.

Intelsat’s ESA is the only commercially available antenna in the aviation industry that can operate between low Earth orbit satellites and geostationary satellites. Announced in June 2022, the new antenna has been accumulating flight hours with Ball, Stellar Blu Solutions, Intelsat and OneWeb engineers validating antenna and network performance.

Click HERE for further details from Intelsat..

 

 

Welcome New Member
Posted:23 February 2023

We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

 February 2023

Wolfgang Wagner

 

SES, Intelsat, Babcock win UK Skynet contract
Posted:  
17 February 2023

by Chris Forrester -- February 16,  2023

A consortium of businesses have secured the UK’s satellite Skynet military satellite communications system. SES and Intelsat have linked with Babcock Integrated Technology to win the management transition contract which covers the next 6 years of usage.

The contract is valued at £400 million (€450.4m) and will lead to around 400+ new jobs in the UK.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

SES, Intelsat expenses action suspended
Posted:
7 February 2023

 

By Chris Forrester - 6 February 2023

 

SES has had a legal action running against Intelsat which asks for Intelsat to pay what SES alleged was Intelsat's 50 per cent of the costs of running the C-Band Alliance. The action is paused while the larger legal action against Intelsat and where SES is suing for a 50/50 division of the FCC's Accelerated Relocation Payments. That action will be head in the next few weeks.

 

The C-band Alliance was formed to plan an auction of SES and Intelsat's C-band frequencies. However, the FCC came in with its own auction of the spectrum.

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Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

SES vs Intelsat back in court
Posted:  
1 February 2023

by Chris Forrester -- January 31, 2023

The long-running legal action between SES and Intelsat is back in court on January 31st.  The hearing is focused on the SES claim that Intelsat pay what SES says is its share of the costs associated with the C- band Alliance (CBA).

The CBA failed in its plan to create a private auction of C-band satellite frequencies for associated use for terrestrial 5G use.  Instead the FCC handled the auction of the satellite frequencies.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Intelsat Class Action gathers pace
Posted:  
27 January 2023

by Chris Forrester -- January 26, 2023

The long-running Class Action inside trading allegations brought by some investors in Intelsat is coming to a head.  The action centres on allegations that Dave McGlade, then chairman of Intelsat, in 20189, together with some major Intelsat stock holders, sold significant portions of their holdings following a specifric meeting between Intelsat and key officials the FCC where news emerged that the Intelsat and SES C-band prviate auction scheme would not be permitted by the FCC.

Back on Nov ember 4th 2022, the judge hearing the Class Action dismissed the Plaintiffs' (Wlleye Opportunities Master Fund, on behalf of its Class Action associates) move but allowed them to resubmit their claim with extra detais.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Intelsat left SES "on the hook" for C-band costs
Posted:
21 January 2023


January 20, 2023

 

SES has filed its response to Intelsat's bankruptcy court, arguing that when the two parties signed the 2018 [C-band] Consottium Agreement SES and Intelsat not only agreed to share equally in any proceeds resulting from clearing the C-Band, but they also agreed to share equally in expenses incurred in connection with their efforts -- whether or not the parties realised any proceeds from the C-Band clearing.

 

SES's response says that when Intelsat repudiated the Consortium Agreement, Intelsat did not comply with its expense reimbursement obligations, leaving SES on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in expenses incurred on behalf of the C-Band Alliance.  The claim is for $11.6 million.

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Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Intelsat pursues Africa's unconnected
Posted:
20 January 2023

By Chris Forrester - January 19, 2023

Intelsat is making a concerted commitment to enhancing day-to-day network quality and helping African communications service providers (CSPs) deliver secure and affordable connectivity across the continent.

“Satellite communications providers (CSPs) have historically rushed to the rescue in the aftermath of a natural or manmade calamity that rendered a local terrestrial network unavailable. Today, Intelsat is making a concerted commitment to enhancing day-to-day network quality and helping African CSPs deliver secure and affordable connectivity across the continent,” said Intelsat’s Director of Sales, Africa Hans Geldenhuys in a blog post.

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Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Japan Airlines offers free Intelsat IFC
Posted:
4 January 2023


 

by Chris Forrester - January 3, 2023

 

Intelsat has won a contract to supply Japan Airlines with its satellite broadband ‘direct-to-seat’ connectivity to J-Air’s Embraer E-190 aircraft.

Japan Airlines has installed Intelsat’s 2Ku system on the first of J-Air’s E190 aircraft and will be installing 13 additional aircraft by autumn 2024. The airline has been offering free wireless entertainment services since 2016. By adding 2Ku, this will make J-AIR the first regional aircraft in Japan to offer inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) services, as well as the first E190 aircraft equipped globally with the Intelsat 2Ku system.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

 

SES vs Intelsat rages on
Posted:  
4 January 2023

by Chris Forrester -- January 3, 2023

A slew of legal documents were submitted to Intelsat’s Chapter 11 post-bankruptcy reorganisation on December 28th by lawyers for Intelsat.

In essence, the filings represent the Final Report on Intelsat’s post-bankruptcy proceedings and an application to close certain outstanding matters.

One particular argument is over $12 million of expense and cost claims (“Bill of Costs”) made by SES in relation to its litigation – which is still running – over the 50/50 division of the FCC’s C-band incentive payments.

This batch of documents – the core filing runs to 159 pages – are all part of the wrapping up of Intelsat’s post-bankruptcy actions following on from Intelsat’s exiting of bankruptcy back in February 2022.

The US Bankruptcy Court at Richmond, Virginia, issued a formal notification of these final hearings back in October 2022. The motion to disallow the SES claim is set to be heard on January 31st.

Lawyers for Intelsat are arguing that “SES cannot succeed on these Expense Claims under any theory [and that] SES in fact owes Intelsat multiple millions of dollars.”

Any objections to the application must be filed by January 24th.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Powerful Ariane 5 rocket launches 3 satellites to orbit
Posted: 16 December 2022

by Elizabeth Howell — December 13, 2022

A powerful European rocket sent three satellites to Earth orbit on Tuesday (Dec. 13).

An Ariane rocket lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. EST *2030 GMT or 5:30 p.m. local time)

The rocket's star payload was Emetsat's Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) Imager-1, which will allow for "rapid detection and forecasting of severe weather events," according to a statement by Arianespace, the French company that operates the Ariane 5.

The newest generation of these satellites includes two new instruments, an imager and lightning imager, for higher-quality data to improve weather forecasting, according to a European Space Agency (ESA) statement.

The Ariane 5 also boosted the Galaxy 35 and Galaxy35 geosynchronous communications satellites to orbit on behalf of Intelsat, to replace the company's aging Galaxy 3C and Galaxy 28 satellites, respectively. (Intelsat has been refreshing its satellite fleet since 2020, and these satellites are the fifth and sixth of the refresh series.) 

Click HERE for further details from Space.com.

 

Intelsat court dates set
Posted:
13 December 2022


December 12, 2022

By Chris Forrester

 

A US bipartisan House Energy & Commerce Committee hyas introduced potential legislation to update the FCC's current satellite licensing rules.  One aspect will be the prohibition of Chinese businesses, although it is not yet completely clear whether the legislation will cover satellites where ownership - as distinct to components - includes Chinese companies.  This could affect Eutelsat and its merger with OneWeb, for example.  Eutelsat has a Chinese shareholder.

 

The legislation also covers Russia, although again further clarity will be need on operators which are correctly licensed by the ITU and how that would impact their US services.

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Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Intelsat court dates set
Posted:
8 December 2022


December 6, 2022

By Chris Forrester

 

Judge Jeffrey White has set some key dates in the Intelsat 'inside trading' class action allegatgions.  The judge has set the case to be "answered, or a Motion to Dismiss" on January 19th 2023.  Any Opposition filing must be made by March 2nd with a subsequent response from the Petitiners set with a deadline of March 30th.

 

The next Motion to Dismiss hearing is set for April 28th in Judge White's courtroom.

 

The complaint was originally mounted earlier this year but the judge dismissed the Federal Class Action but permitted the Plaintiffs to re-plead their case with more detail.  The claim has been resubmitted in the US District Court in the Northern District of California.  The Plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial.

 

Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Intelsat 'insider trading' claim reinstated
Posted:  1 Decemberr 2022

by Chris Forrester -- December 1, 2022

Two major shareholders in the pre-bankruptcy Intelsat, plus the former chairman, are named again by Plaintiffs in a Class Action which alleges they took part in selling off investments in Intelsat help by inside knowledge.

The complaint was originally mounted earlier in 2022, but the judge in the case dismissed the Federal Class Action, nevertheless permitting to re-plead their case with more detail.  The claim has been resubmitted to the US District Court in the Northern District of California.  The Plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Clearspace announces life extension collaboration with Intelsat
Posted 15 November 2022

by  — November 14, 2022

 

TAMPA, Fla. — ClearSpace, the Swiss orbital debris removal startup, said Nov. 14 it is planning a mission to extend the life of an Intelsat satellite before it runs out of fuel around 2026-2028.

The four-year-old company’s announcement gave no further details about its “collaboration” with Intelsat, which marks an expansion for ClearSpace out of plans to clean up debris in low Earth orbit (LEO) to servicing geostationary spacecraft.

Intelsat declined to comment on the specifics of its collaboration with ClearSpace.

“With this in-orbit servicing collaboration, besides the economic benefits of the services, Intelsat is supporting ClearSpace´s work towards an accessible, resilient and sustainable space economy,” Intelsat chief technology officer Bruno Fromont said.

ClearSpace aims to build on core capabilities it is already developing for the European Space Agency’s ClearSpace-1 program in 2025, the venture’s first mission, when it aims to use a spacecraft with four articulated arms to de-orbit part of a Vega rocket.

Separately in September, the UK Space Agency shortlisted groups led by ClearSpace and Japan-based in-orbit servicing venture Astroscale for a mission to remove two spacecraft from LEO in 2026.

Intelsat is currently the only satellite operator that has employed commercial life extension services.

Click HERE for further details from Spacenews.

 

SpaceX launches a pair of Intelsat satellites on expendable Falcon 9
Posted 15 November 2022

by  — November 14, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched a second pair of C-band replacement satellites for Intelsat over the weekend on the final flight of a frequently used Falcon 9 booster.

A Falcon 9 carrying Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32 lifted off Nov. 12 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:06 a.m. Eastern after a four-day delay caused by Hurricane Nicole.

In what has become a rare occurrence, SpaceX did not attempt to recover the Falcon 9’s booster for reuse following its 14th mission — which tied a reuse record for the company.

Using an expendable version of Falcon 9 enabled SpaceX to pack more propellant into the rocket for sending the Maxar Technologies-built satellites to a supersynchronous transfer orbit, rather than an orbit with an apogee below geostationary orbit (GEO).

Jean-Luc Foreliger, Intelsat’s senior vice president of space systems, said the operator paid a premium for this mission because the satellites needed an extra boost toward their final GEO destinations.

Click HERE for further details from Spacenews.

 

Intelsat orders small GEO satellite from 3D printing specialist
Posted:  8 November 2022

by Jason Rainbow -- November 7, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — 3D printing specialist Swissto12 said Nov. 7 it has sold its first small satellite to Intelsat for a launch to geostationary orbit (GEO) in 2025.

Intelsat 45 (IS-45) will be based on Swissto12’s HummingSat satellite platform, which at about the size of a dishwasher is one-tenth the size of conventional GEO satellites.

At just one cubic meter in volume, Swissto12 CEO Emile de Rijk said HummingSats are “at least 3 times cheaper” than larger telecoms commercial satellites in GEO.

HummingSats will also have the same coverage area as traditional spacecraft in GEO, de Rijk said via email, although with less capacity because of their reduced space for transponders and power.

Intelsat 45 will have 12 Ku-band transponders, about a fourth as many as a classic mid-sized Intelsat satellite.

Click HERE for further details from Spacenews

 

FCC plans revamped Space Bureau
Posted:  4 November 2022

by Colin Mann -- November 3, 2022

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has unveiled a plan to reorganise the agency better to support the needs of the growing satellite industry, promote long-term technical capacity at the FCC, and navigate 21st global communications policy.

Under this plan, Chairwoman Rosenworcel will work to reorganise the FCC's International Bureau into a new Space Bureau and a standalone Office of International Affairs.  These changes will help ensure that the FCC's resources are better aligned so that the agency can continue to fulfill its statutory obligations and keep pace with the rapidly changing realities of the satellite industry and global communications policy.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

SES outlines Intelsat appeal
Posted:  1 November 2022

by Chris Forrester -- October 31, 2022

Lawyers for SES submitted their bundle of documnts to the Appeal Court on October 28th, following up on their formal appeal lodged on October 14th with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

In its 'statement of issues' the SES team will argue that Intelsat's bankruptcy count "erred in holding that the plain language of the [SES and Intelsat] Consortium Agreement - [which] mandated a 50/50 split of the [FCC's incentive payments] unambiguously excluded billions of dollars in incentive payments that the FCC awarded based on Intelsat's joint work with SES."

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Inntelsat CEO David Wajsgras: 'Consolidation Makes Sense'
Posted:  25 October 2022

by Mark Holmes -- October 24, 2022

At World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) in Paris recently, there was a lot of chatter about a potential combination of Intelsat and SES. Rumors swirled, but this has always been an industry that loves consolidation rumors.

For Intelsat CEO David Wajsgras, who only became the CEO of Intelsat in early April, there are a number of huge challenges ahead. He became CEO of Intelsat at a pivotal point in its history. The 2020s are likely to be a decade where we see huge disruption in the satellite industry, and the role of traditional industry giants such as Intelsat is open to debate.

What does its future look like? What can or will it do in Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO)? Does it need to be involved in a big piece of consolidation? How does it stack-up against the megaconstellations as well as the likes of a combined Inmarsat/Viasat or Eutelsat/OneWeb? What a time to become the CEO of one of the biggest operators and be responsible for steering it through this disruptive decade.

Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

 

Satellite operators gear up for Asia's tidal wave of satellite capacity
Posted:  21 October 2022

by Jason Rainbow -- October 20, 2022

Terry Bleakley, regional vice president of Asia Pacific for Intelsat, discussed the industry's supply and demand expectations Oct. 18 during  APSCC 2022. Credit APSCC Webcast

TAMPA, Fla. -- Satellite operators in Asia are banking on soaring demand for connecting plane passengers and other customers on the move to absorb an exponentially increasing supply of capacity in the region.

More integration between satellite and mobile network operators will also create new opportunities for putting this anticipated glut of supply to work, executives said Oct. 18 during the APSCC 2022 Satellite Conference and Exhibition in Seoul, South. Korea.

Northern Sky Research expects global capacity supply to soar from about 39 terabits per second (Tbps) today to 172 Tbps by 2030.

More than 61 Tbps of this satellite capacity is on track to cover Asia by 2030, according to Jose Rosario, research director at Northern Sky Research.

Click HERE for further details from Spacenews

 

Help Us Find These Members
Posted: 
21 October 2022

We have lost contact with these members below.  If you have any information on how to contact them, please send us an EMail at:  info@myiraa.comm

Mildred Coover
John Crispin

Lydia Esguerra
Fred Foldvary
Roy Lee Huffman
Jethro Shedrick

 

SES to appeal Intelsat C-band sharing decision
Posted:  18 October 2022

by Jason Rainbow -- October 17, 2022

Intelsat plans a multi-layered strategy post-restructuring to tailor connectivity services to diverse markets.  Credit Intelsat

TAMPA, Fla. -- SES filed plans Oct. 14 to appeal a court's decision last month that disallowed its bid to equally split nearly $9 billino of anticipated C-band clearning proceeds with Interlsat.

SES will ask the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to review the decision, which the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia made Sept. 30 after more than two years of legal action.

The satellite operator brought a $1.8 billion claim to the bankrupcty court in July 2020, two months after Intelsat filed for Chaptl get for clearing C-band spectrum for terrestrial telcos.er 11, over a broken agreement to split proceeds they would get for clearing C-band spectrum for terrestrial telcos.

Click HERE for further details from Spacenews

 


Two Intelsat relay satellites ride to orbit in Space X rocket
Posted: 9 October 2022

 

SpaceX launched a pair of four-ton Intelsat communications spacecraft from Cape Canaveral at twilight Saturday evening, two days later than planned after back-to-back scrubs, on the third flight of a Falcon 9 rocket this week.

The Falcon 9 rocket lit nine kerosene-fueled Merlin 1D engines and thundered away from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT) Saturday. Thrust vector controls pivoted nine main engines to steer the 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket due east from pad 40, and the Falcon 9 raced through the speed of sound in less than a minute.

Click HERE for further details from Spaceflight Now.

 

SES loses Intelsat claim
Posted:  4 October 2022

October 3, 2022    |    By Chris Forrester

A Virginia bankruptcy court has ruled ("disallowed") the action by SES against Intelsat for a 50 per cent share of the FCC's C-band incentive payments.  The Court has allowed SES to appeal the decision it it so wishes.

SES says it is disappointed with the ruling "it is reviewing with outside counsel its options to appeal," says a statement.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Intelsat Class Action could continue
Posted:
30 September 2022


September 28, 2022

By Chris Forrester

 

On September 28th, we reported that a California judge cleared Intelsat's pre-bankruptcy major shareholders of a Class Action insider trading allegations.  Our report was accurate, but Judge Jeffrey White, from the US District Court for the Northern District of California, left a potential sting in the tail of his ruling.

 

The judge said that while the Action failed to describe the level of intention needed for an inside trading claim, the would-be Action plaintiffs may re-plead their claims and allegations.  The court noted, among other things, that the confidential witnesses do not point to any communications between CEO Steve Spengler and the Board on November 5th.  The court concluded that plaintiffs failed to sufficiently allege that the defendants possessed material non-public information and they they acted with scienter (intent or knowledge of wrong doing).

 

Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Intelsat 'insider trader' action fails
Posted:
30 September 2022


September 28, 2022

By Chris Forrester

 

A California court cleared Intelsat's pre-bankruptcy major shareholders of insider trading allegations on September 27th.

 

The action started in late 2019 with allegations over violations of the federal securities laws.  The lawsuit alleges that the named defendants violated the Exchange Act by selling Intelsat shares while they were in possession of material non-public information, including that Intelsat SA had met with the FCC on November 5th 2019, to discuss the private sale of certain frequencies controlled by Intelsat SA for future 5G use (the 'C-Band')

 

Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Viasat, Inmarsat, get UK merger approval
Posted:
18 September 2022

September 16, 2022   |    By Chris Forrester

Viasat and Inmarsat have received the UK government’s approval for their proposed merger.

The UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that the transaction does not pose a risk to the UK’s national security.

In March 2022, the companies committed to economic undertakings with BEIS, which underlined their pledge to strengthen and advance the UK’s National Space Strategy. The economic undertakings include an expansion in the number of highly skilled jobs in key areas and a 30 per cent increase in overall research and development spending in the UK.

Click HERE for further details from Business Standard.

 

Intelsat promises transformation
Posted: 15 September 2022


September 15, 2022    |    By Chris Forresterr

Intelsat’s new CEO David Wajsgras spoke to delegates at the Euroconsult Paris World Satellite Business Week and said that Intelsat was looking at transformation on multiple levels.

Intelsat is now fully emerged from bankruptcy although also surrounded by rumours that there could be a merger with arch-rival SES.

Wajsgras joined Intelsat in April. He told delegates: “The way the industry looks today with the core players may or may not look the same in the next couple of years. We’re thinking through at Intelsat what’s the best path forward for us and we’re considering various types of opportunities that will help support our growth path. I’m sure I’m not the only one.”

Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Intelsat lawyers explain chapter 11 challenges
Posted:
15 September 2022

September 12, 2022
 
 
Steven Serajeddini, a partner in giant US law firm Kirkland & Ellis, which represented Intelsat during its Chapter 11 restructuring, has explained to LevFin Insights how, as debtors’ counsel, they overcame many of the challenges faced by Intelsat during the process. He said that key to the settlement was consensus although it took “two hard-fought years” to get the result.

Admitting that it took “blood, sweat and tears” to achieve agreement, full consensus only came about at the 11th hour.

Serajeddini said: “Folks are going to remember [the bankruptcy] for a long time. Part of it obviously is the size of the matter. It’s one of the largest filings of the past couple of years, and in addition to that, it had unique complexity in terms of how it started, which was a company whose greatest source of value rested in the hands of how the FCC would approach monetisation of its C-Band [spectrum].”

Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Intelsat wins $150m Alaskan contract
Posted:  15 September 2022

September 9, 2022    |    By Chris Forrester

Alaskan service provider GCI has signed a $150 million contract with Intelsat to expand telecoms capacity in rural areas of the US state.

GCI is already very experienced in providing satellite-based services. It has delivered geosynchronous (GEO) satellite-based connectivity for 35 years to provide data, video and voice services in the state. The new deal not only provides GCI with continued access to C-band and Ku-band capacity, which is already part of GCI’s satellite service portfolio, but it also provides new access to statewide Ka-band capacity.

Intelsat says it will supply a multi-satellite solution over a new and enhanced managed earth station platform and a tri-band (C, Ku and Ka) network that will cover the entire state of Alaska.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

 

Welcome New Members
Posted:28 August 2022

We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

August 2022

Maria-Marta Andrade
Aissatou Bah
Junie Nathani

 

Devas Multimedia seizes $87,457 cash in US in Antrix Corporation dispute
Posted:
18 August 2022

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Devas Multimedia has seized USD 87,457.47 cash that ISRO's commercial arm Antrix Corporation held in the US as it looked to enforce a USD 1.2 billion compensation it had won over a cancelled satellite deal, its lawyer said on Wednesday.

Devas Multimedia America Inc had sought seizure of USD 145,000 but the actual recovery was USD 87,457.47 (a little less than Rs 70 lakh). This came after it secured a favourable order from the Eastern District Court of Virginia, Matthew D McGrill said.

Click HERE for further details from Business Standard.

 

 

Intelsat, One-Web IFC Deal
Posted: 16 August 2022


August 12, 2022

By Chris Forrester

Intelsat and OneWeb have signed a “global distribution” partnership, an initiative to provide a global service for In Flight Communications and broadband to aircraft.

Intelsat already has considerable skin in the game because it bought in 2020 the commercial aviation connectivity business from Gogo for what many have seen as being a timely ‘bargain’ of $400 million (€388m). Gogo is still very much active but now concentrates only on business aviation and private jets.

Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

 

Satellites maker SES beats profit estimates, sees upside to market consolidation
Posted:
4 August 2022

The Financial Times reported on Thursday SES was in talks to merge with its U.S. rival Intelsat SA, signaling consolidation in the rapidly changing industry.
  • Reuters  August 04, 2022, 13:24 IST

    By Dina Kartit and Elena Vardon

    Satellite company SES's CEO reiterated on Thursday he saw industry consolidation as a good thing for the highly competitive market, but would not comment on merger rumours after the group posted stronger-than-expected half-year earnings.

    Te Financial Times reported on Thursday SES was in talks to merge with its U.S. rival Intelsat SA, signally consolidation in the rapidly changing and competitive industry.

    "We've talked on this call and on analyst calls about industry consolidation and how that is...from my perspective at least, a good thing for the industry, but we obviously don't comment on any market rumours or speculation," Chief Executive Stevbe Collar told reporters in an earnings call.

  • Click HERE for further details from ET Satcom.

     

    SES, Intelsat merger talks?
    Posted:
    4 August 2022


    August 4, 2022

    By Chris Forrester

    SES and Intelsat are reportedly in talks about a possible combination, says the Financial Times.

    The two satellite giants are in active discussions about the structure of any potential deal, according to three people familiar with the matter, says the FT, as a wave mergers and acquisitions sweeps aceross the satellite industry.  "Neither wants to be the last one standing," said one person close to the matter.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

     

    Eutelsat and OneWeb to combine:  a leap forward in Satellite Connectivity
    Posted: 2 August 2022

    PRESS RELEASE -26 JULY 2022 07;01

    • Eutelsat and key OneWeb shareholders [1] sign a Memorandum of Understanding with a view to combining Eutelsat and OneWeb in an all-share transaction.

    • Eutelsat shareholders and OneWeb shareholders [2] would each hold 50% of the Eutelsat shares.

    • Compelling financial profile with:

      • Potential for double-digit revenue and EBITDA CAGR over the medium to longer tyerm;

      • Eutelsat's strong cash flow generation providing visibility and funding to support continued expansion into the LEO market through OneWeb's next generation of satellites;

      • Over €1.5bn potential incremental value-creation after tax (net of implementation costs) stemming from revenue, capex and cost synergies.

    • Balanced board and governance structure, to include Eutelsat’s Chairman and its CEO, OneWeb’s Chairman, and a significant number of independent directors proposed by Eutelsat and OneWeb’s shareholders, at Extraordinary General Meeting.
       
    • Fully backed by a strong set of strategic shareholders of both entities, including Bpifrance and Fonds Stratégique de Participations who have undertaken to vote in favour of the transaction-related resolutions at this EGM, subject to usual conditions. CMA CGM, a shareholder of Eutelsat, is also supporting the combination.
    • Representing a transformational transaction, built on the strong foundations established in April 2021 with Eutelsat’s initial investment in OneWeb, this combination creates a global leader uniquely positioned to capture the Connectivity market with complementary GEO/LEO[3] offering.
    • Combined entity strongly positioned to address the fast-growing global Connectivity market..

    • The transaction values OneWeb at $34.4bn implying a value of €12 per Eutelsat share (including the dividend, before synergies).

    • Eutelsat to propose a €0.93 per share dividend with a scrip option in respect of FY 2021-22 at its upcoming AGM. Such dividend will not impact the exchange ratio.

    • Eutelsat will continue to be listed on Euronext Paris and apply for admission to standard listing on the London Stock Exchange.

    Click HERE for further details from Eutelsat

     

    Further bad news for Eutelsat/OneWeb
    Posted:
    1 August 2022

    The EU has firmly ruled out the proposed Eutelsat/OneWeb merger as qualifying as the likely candidate for the EU's own planned Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) broadband constellaton.

    As reported by Sami Kassab, satellite analyst at investmnet back Exane/BNPP, Christopher Grudier, the member of the European Parliament in charge of the EU's LEO satellite project announced that "a rapprochement of OneWeb with the Europeransat constellation seems impossible".  He claimed that "the EU cannot accept a UK veto on a secure connectivity infrastructure".  He argued that "the European Union needs to have full control over its satellites without a risk of hindrance by an outside actor."  Adding "Europe will not compromise on this point".

    Grudier is referring to the golden share the UK Government has in OneWeb, and which Eutelsat says would remain in place once the 'merger' with OneWeb goes ahead.  The 'golden share' has teh ability to block the sale of OneWeb capacity to undesired countries.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

     

    Help Us Find These Members
    Posted: 
    31 July 2022

    We have lost contact with these members below.  If you have any information on how to contact them, please send us an EMail at:  info@myiraa.comm

    Mildred Coover
    John Crispin

    Lydia Esguerra
    Fred Foldvary
    Roy Lee Huffman
    Jethro Shedrick

     

    Eutelsat+OneWeb: "Disappointing valuation" says bank
    Posted:
    27 July 2022

    Investment bank Exane/BNPP, in a comprehensive report on the proposed merger between satellite operator Eutelsat and Low Earth Orbit constellation OneWeb, says the "increase in interest rates, inflation, the war in Ukraine, [OneWeb] Gen2 funding requirements all suggest a bit of patience could have improved the financial outcome for minority shareholders...but the new EU space policy apparently has precedence".

    Analyst Sami Kassab, author of the report, says the bank believes the timing of this deal has to be seen first and foremost in the context of the new European space policy and of the French government's geopolitical agenda.  Nevertheless, he describes the merger as "profoundly changing the economic model of Eutelsat".

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV.

     

    Eutelsat,OneWeb to merge;Bharti to be single largest shareholder
    Posted:
    26 July 2022

    Eutelsat and OneWeb Ltd are set to combine in an all-share deal valuing the UK satellite operator at $3.4 bn, a step toward creating a European champion to rival the likes of Elon Musk's SpaceX

    Topics

    Press Trust of India | New Delhi

    French satellite operator Eutelsat and key shareholders of Bharti-backed OneWeb have inked a pact for merger, entailing all-share transacton, a statement said on Tuesday.

    Post closing of the deal, Bharti Group will be the single largest shareholder of Eutelsat.

    The transactionj values OneWeb at USD 3.4 billion (over Rs 27,000 crore),according to a joint statement.

    Eutelsat willo combine its strong fleet of 36 Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites with OneWeb's constellation of 648 Low Earth Orbit satellites, of which 428 are currently in orbit.

    The announcement has a takeaway from the India market as well, where OneWeb had received the letter of intent for the GMPCS (Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite) licence from the Department of Telecom.

    Click HERE for further details from Business Standard.

     

    Welcome New Member
    Posted:
    18 July 2022

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    July 2022

    Hubert Keel

     

    Bank:  SES/Intelsat merger worthwhile?
    Posted:
    28 June 2022

    Equity analysts at Credit Suisse have asked a key question in a fresh report and pondering whether a merger between the world’s two biggest satellites operators, SES and Intelsat, both based in Luxembourg, would pan out.

    Their answer is a simple: you bet it would.

    The bank’s report (European Satellite: Scaling Up) suggests that there would be a 30 per cent uplift to the overall equity value of the rivals and make complete sense.

    Analyst Ben Lyons sums up the benefits saying that the theoretical proposal could make industrial sense as both the operators have global reach with more potential synergies, and both are pursuing Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) strategies.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV

     

    Credit Suisse Report Highlight Synergy  of Hypothetical SES/Intelsat Merger
    Posted: 26 June 2022

    By  | June 24, 2022

    A new report from Credit Suisse explores possibilities for consolidation among the largest companies in the satellite sector, estimating that in the event that SES and Intelsat merged, it could provide more than 30% uplift to the equity value. Credit Suisse shared the report, “European Satellite: Scaling Up” with Via Satellite.

    Ben Lyons, a satellite equity analyst at Credit Suisse said in the report that an SES/Intelsat merger “would make economic sense.” He says Credit Suisse believes theoretically it could make industrial sense to combine SES and Intelsat, as both have global reach with more potential synergies, and are pursuing Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) strategies.

    “On our scenario analysis, a potential combination could generate synergies with an NPV [net present value] of $2.6 billion and, if SES captures half of those synergies, that would imply a roughly more than 30% uplift to the equity value. We believe consolidation for SES is more straightforward economically speaking as the OneWeb stake makes consolidation more complex, but not impossible, for Eutelsat,” he says.

    Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

     

    Intelsat looks to wrap bankruptcy claims
    Posted: 20 June 2022

    June 17, 2022

    Lawyers for Intelsat's bankruptcy filed a motion to the satellite operator's bankruptcy court saying that they will b e apply for a 'Final Decree' on or before June 29th.  The doucmnet recognises that there may be other matteres and claims still outstanding after that date.

    Intelsat's Fourth Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganisation was filed back on December 17th 2021 and subsequently accepted by the court with Intelsat emerging from its Chapter 11 rteorganisation on Frebruary 23rd 2022.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV

     

    Intelsat serving 10,000 vessles
    Posted:
    10 June 2022

    June 10, 2022

    By Chris Forrester

     

    Intelsat is now serving more than 10,000 vessels with its Flexmartime Service.

     

    Intelsat says it has more than 2,000 of its terminals in key martime markets since November 2021, that includemerchant shipping, fishing, leisure and offshore energy.

     

    Launched in 2017, FlexMaritime is powered by a globel, multi-layered, high-throughut satellite (HTS) network capable of deliver high density bandwidth and extremely high levels of service flexibility and reliability.

    Click HERE for further details from DEuropean Union

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted:
    16 May 2022

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    May 2022


    Angela Maimo
    Daniel Stefanita

     

    Help Us Find These Members
    Posted: 
    22 April 2022

    We have lost contact with these members below.  If you have any information on how to contact them, please send us an EMail at:  info@myiraa.comm

    John Crispin
    Lydia Esguerra
    Roy Lee Huffman

     

    Welcome New Member
    Posted:
    6 April 2022

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    April 2022

    Raj Mehta

     

    David Wajsgras to Become Intelsat CEO
    Posted: 7 March 2022

    McLean, Va. – Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, has tapped David Wajsgras, as its next chief executive officer (CEO). Effective April 4, Wajsgras succeeds Stephen Spengler, who announced his planned retirement in Oct. 2021.

    Wajsgras has two decades of experience at the senior executive management level, providing operational, strategic and financial leadership in both the commercial and defense industries. He most recently served as president of the global, $7.5-billion, advanced-technology Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) business at the former Raytheon Company, now part of Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX). Before joining Raytheon as chief financial officer, Wajsgras was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) and held other key operations and leadership roles.

    “Dave Wajsgras is a results-oriented leader with a great track record of performance throughout his career,” said Lisa Hammitt, chairperson of the Intelsat Board of Directors. “He develops talent and builds teams, thinks and acts strategically, and engages positively with customers and other stakeholders to the benefit of the business. Dave is just the right person to lead Intelsat at this important time.”

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    Click HERE for further details from Bloomberg

     

    Microsoft Does Private Wireless with Intelsat; updates Azure Cloud for AT&T
    Posted: 28 February 2022

    By Linda Hardesty - Feb 28, 2022 01:53pm

    Microsoft had a couple of telecom announcements to insert itself into the conversations this week around MWC 2022 in Barcelona.

    Microsoft said it worked with Intelsat to demonstrate a private wireless netowork.. Intelsat provided its integrated satellite and terrestrial networks, while Microsoft contributed various Azure technologies. The demonstration was held at Intelsat’s office in McLean, Virginia. It established a reference architecture for deploying private LTE and 5G networks over satellite to enterprise locations around the world.

    The demonstration was held at Intelsat's office in McLean, Virginia.  It established a reference architecture for deploying private LTE and 5G networks over satellite to enterprise locations around the world.

    For the demonstration, the two companies created a private LTE service using Azure Private 5G Core deployed on an Azure Stack Edge device.  Connectivity to the internet and Azure services was enabled by Intelsat's FlexEnterprise, which is the company's satellite-based global connectivity service.

    Click HERE for further details from Fierce Wireless

     

    Intelsat Collaborates with Microsoft to Demonstrate Private Cellular Network Using Intelsat's Global Satellite and Ground Network
    Posted: 27 February 2022

    McLean, Va., and Redmond, Wash. – Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest and most advanced integrated satellite and terrestrial networks, today announced the successful demonstration of a first of its kind private cellular network with Microsoft Azure Private Multi-Access Edge Compute and FlexEnterprise, Intelsat’s satellite-based global connectivity service.

    Held at Intelsat’s office in McLean, VA, the demonstration successfully establishes a reference architecture for deploying secure, high-performance private LTE and 5G networks and other cloud services over satellite networks to enterprise locations virtually anywhere globally, including those in remote and austere environments.

    The demonstration creates a private LTE service using Azure Private 5G Core deployed on an Azure Stack Edge device. Connectivity to the internet and Azure services is enabled by Intelsat’s FlexEnterprise. Via the private cellular network, users can access local enterprise resources via SIM-authenticated connections to the Azure Stack Edge and access remote resources through the FlexEnterprise connection, the IntelsatOne global network and Azure. Additionally, the LTE network powers a Wi-Fi access point and IoT applications. “As enterprises look to private cellular networks to improve the reach, security, and quality-of-service over Wi-Fi-only local networks, the ability to support deployments at any site is crucial to creating a fully connected organization,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, SVP Global Sales Media & Networks, Intelsat. “The applications demonstrated here with Microsoft highlight the increased automation and standardization of enterprise data processing services that globally-available private cellular networks will enable. Support for high-bandwidth, low-latency networks is central to Intelsat’s vision of an end-to-end ecosystem for a global software-defined 5G network.”

    Click HERE for further details from Intelsat.

     

    Intelsat wipes out 9.5bn debit as it emerges from bankruptcy
    Posted: 25 February 2022

    Alan Burkitt-Gray   February 24, 2022 07:54 AM

    Satellite operator Intelsat has emerged from bankruptcy with its debt cut from US$16 billion to $7 billion, and with $6.7 billion in new finance.

    The move comes 21 months after the company - with a history that dates back more than 60 years - went into Chapter 11 protection under US bankruptcy laws. 

    The biggest new shareholder, with 32.8%, is Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco), whose ultimate parent, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is Allianz SE, a Munich financial services company.

    Shares in the new Intelsat – which is registered in Luxembourg – will be traded on the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

    The new shareholders have put in place a new board of directors, chaired by Lisa Hammitt (pictured) and including CEO Stephen Spengler.

    Click HERE for further details from Capacity

     

    Welcome New Member
    Posted: 16 January
    2022

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    December 2021

    Muneo Abe

     

     

    Notification of Intention to Acquire Intelsat by Allianz SE
    Posted:
    7 January 2022


    Below found on the European Union website by a member:

    1.  On 21 December 2021, the Commission received notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 and following a referral pursuant to Article 4(5) of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1).

    This notification concerns the following undertakings:

    Allianz SE (‘Allianz’, GERMANY),

    Intelsat Holdings S.A. (‘Intelsat’, USA)

    Allianz acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation sole control of the whole of Intelsat

    The concentration is accomplished by way of purchase of shares.

    2.  The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

    for Allianz: Allianz is the ultimate parent of the Allianz group, a global financial services company active predominantly in relation to life and non-life insurance and asset management,

    for Intelsat: operation of satellite networks, ground networks and connectivity infrastructure and provision of diversified communications services to customers such as telecommunications operators, media companies, and internet service providers. Intelsat uses its satellites as relay stations in space for the transmission of voice, video, and data communications.

    Click HERE for further details from DEuropean Union

     

    Intelsat Achieves Confirmation of  Plan of Reorganization, Final Court Milestone in Financial Restructuring Process
    Posted:
    16 December 2021

    Fully Consensual Plan Will Reduce Debt by More Than Half and Position Company for Long-Term Success

    Early 2022 Emergence Expected as Company Builds World’s First Global 5G Satellite-Based, Software-Defined, Unified Network

    Commitments Obtained for Nearly $8 Billion in Exit Financing

    MCLEAN, VA -- December 16, 2021 -- Intelsat S.A. (OTC: INTEQ) announced today that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, has approved its Plan of Reorganization, marking the final Court milestone in the Company's financial restructuring process.  Intelsat is poised to emerge from the process in early 2022 upon receipt of regulatory approvals, completion of certain corporate actions, and satisfaction of other customary conditions.

    The confirmed Plan will reduce Intelsat's debt by more than half -- from approximately $16 billion to $7 billion -- and position the Company for long-term success as it innovates and brings new services to market.  The Plan was supported by all creditor groups across Intelsat's capital structure following extensive negotiations and the ultimate consensual resolution of a multitude of complex issues.

    Click HERE for further details from Intelsat.

     

    Intelsat formal hearings commence
    Posted:
    7 December 2021

    Judge Keith L. Phillips opened the formal hearings into Intelsat’s Chapter 11 exit plan. The process is scheduled to last about 10 days. Around 216 lawyers and observers attended the Zoom meeting for sessions which were described as “complex”.

    The court was told that more than 90 percent of claimants against the various Intelsat entities had accepted the terms of the exit plan and bankruptcy reconstruction. The complexity was largely because of the many different Intelsat businesses as well as those Intelsat entities which traded from Luxembourg.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV

     

    Welcome New Member
    Posted: 7 November
    2021

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    November 2021

    Maria Mills

     

    Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler to Retire as Company Plans Chapter 11 Exit
    Posted:
    21 October 2021

    By  | October 21, 2021

     

    After almost seven years as CEO and more than 18 years at Intelsat, CEO Steve Spengler plans to retire once the company completes Chapter 11 financial restructuring and selects a successor. Intelsat announced the change Thursday morning, and said Spengler will lead the company until then. 

    The Intelsat news came as a surprise before the stock market opened on Thursday. Its stock closed 36% up on Thursday, and was up 81.82% after the announcement. 

    A senior Intelsat official told Via Satellite that they were not aware of Spengler’s retirement plans until the announcement was made.

    This was confirmed by another Intelsat official directly involved with the company’s strategic planning, who told Via Satellite, “It was a surprise to me. I think it was for people above me in the chain of command.”

    The strategy official added that Spengler has not made direct contact with their team. “He sent us an email. Basically [it was] the same as the press release.”

    Click HERE for further details from Satellite Today

     

    Betting on flexibility: Intelsat's post-bankruptcy growth strategy
    Posted: 18 October 2021

    SpaceNews spoke with Samer Halawi, Intelsat’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, to learn more about the satellite giant’s post-restructuring growth strategy.

    Intelsat is devising a transformational business plan for after it emerges from bankruptcy restructuring later this year, including a big bet on software-defined satellites and potentially its own low-Earth-orbit broadband constellation.

    The operator, which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for nearly a year and a half, issued a request for proposals (RFP) at the end of July for 10 satellites that could be reconfigured in-orbit for changing mission needs.

    Click HERE for further details from SPACENEWS

     

    Intelsat "steals billions" Claims SES
    Posted 13 October 2021

    Last week it was an Intelsat motion to its bankruptcy court that accused SES of being “on a warpath” as far as its allegations over SES claims concerning how the FCC’s C-band incentive payments were concerned.

    SES responded on October 11th with a detailed rebuttal saying it had proposed “numerous compromises” to Intelsat and asked the bankruptcy court to permit SES to take four depositions from Intelsat witnesses “who have personal knowledge highly relevant to SES’s objections”.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV

     

    Intelsat: "SES on a Warpath"
    Posted 8 October 2021

    The long-running legal dispute between SES and Intelsat over the division of the FCC’s ‘incentive’ payments regarding the C-Band Alliance has provoked another tough response from Intelsat’s lawyers.

    A filing into Intelsat’s bankruptcy court on October 6 states that “SES has been on a warpath in this proceeding” and had spent millions of dollars “and imposing every burden it can think of in an effort to disrupt the restructuring of its chief competitor”.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted: 27 September
    2021

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    September 2021

    Ellen Brager
    George Giagtzolou
    Tony Trujillo

     

    SES vs Intelsat Trial Delayed
    Posted:
    17 September 2021

    The SES claim against Intelsat for a potential $1.8 billion has been postponed.

    Judge Keith Phillips, who is overseeing Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reconstruction, had earlier confirmed that the trial date for the SES vs Intelsat dispute over FCC payment allocations would start on September 20th. A new date has not – as yet – been circulated.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV

     

     

    SES Accuses Intelsat of 'siphoning' Billions
    Posted:
    1 September 2021

    It has long been a complaint from SES that Intelsat, in its complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is using associate and sister businesses to shift incoming cash (and in particular the so-called incentive payments from the FCC over the C-band reallocation of spectrum). SES describes the Intelsat action as playing a “shell game” and that Intelsat is using sleight of hand in how it proposes allocating the FCC’s incentive payments.

    The matter was raised again in a motion to Intelsat’s bankruptcy court on August 30th where SES again objected to the risk of Intelsat “siphoning billions of dollars from the Debtors’ principal operating entity, Intelsat US, and disadvantage SES, their main competitor and one of Intelsat US’s largest creditors.”

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced TV

     

     

    SES Demands Trial on It's $1.8bn Claim
    Posted: 27 August 2021

    On September 1st the Intelsat bankruptcy court is scheduled to hold a pre-trial hearing on the SES claim for a greater share of the FCC’s incentive payments due from the C-band clearing process and auction. SES, in a filing to the court on August 25th, is asking that the actual trial scheduled for September 20th be started on that date and not further adjourned or postponed.

    SES suggests that a trial over Zoom could ease challenges for all concerned and save case witnesses from both sides having to travel to Richmond, Virginia along with “hundreds of people” including lawyers and other experts involved with commensurate financial savings. A fixed date and remote Zoom hearing “Would give the parties some certainty; given the unpredictable trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on in-person proceedings, there is no guarantee that an adjournment would make it possible to proceed in person anytime in the near future.”

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

     

    Intelsat Achieves Support of Nearly 75% of Funded Debt on Comprehensive Financial Restructuring
    Posted: 25 August 2021

    Key Creditor Groups Agree to Vote in Favor of Amended Plan of Reorganization

    Path to Emergence by End of 2021, with Company's Debt Reduced by More Than Half

    MCLEAN, VA - August 24, 2021 - Intelsat S.A. (OTC: INTEQ), operator of the world's largest and most advanced integrated satellite and terrestrial network, today announced that it has achieved the support of key creditor groups across the capital structure on the terms of a comprehensive financial restructuring that would reduce the Company's debt by more than half - from nearly $15 billion to $7 billion - and position the Company for long-term success.

    The Company has filed an Amended Plan of Reorganization in its Chapter 11 proceedings pending before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, accompanied by an explanatory Disclosure Statement.  The Amended Plan has the support of holders of approximately $11 billion, or nearly 75% of the Company's funded debt.  These supporting creditors have executed a Plan Support Agreement that binds their support for the Company's Amended Plan.

    The Company is seeking Court approval of the Disclosure Statement and to establish procedures to solicit votes on the Amended Plan at a hearing scheduled for September 1, 2021.

    Click HERE for further details from Intelsat

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted: 24
    August 2021

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    August
    2021

    Lawrence (Larry) Brown
    Michael J. Brown
    Yao
    Gao
    Mic
    hael Goldstein

    Ana
    Maria Puch
    Vince Wali
    sko

     

    SES vs Intelsat hearings: Public barred
    Posted:
    20 August 2021

    The August 19th application by Intelsat and SES to have much of their court arguments heard privately was granted by Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy Judge.

    Despite a strong case submitted by the US Trustee, who argued that the two litigants were seeking to close the courthouse door during their submissions and that the public had a right to know what was being presented to the court, Judge Keith Phillips ruled that the elements of the SES and Intelsat submissions – whether confidential or not – could remain ‘sealed’ and with the court proceedings only available (and viewable on Zoom) to approved lawyers for the parties involved.

     

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

     

    Musk's Space Push Forces Satellite Rivals into Merger Mode
    Posted:
    20 August 2021

    (Bloomberg) -- Plans by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to launch thousands of satellites into orbit are forcing an industry that’s traditionally wary of mergers to prepare for consolidation.   The billions of dollars that Musk is pouring into his Starlink broadband internet service are skewing the economics of space for companies like SES SA, the world’s second-biggest satellite operator by sales. The growth of streaming over fiber optics threatens another of their mainstays -- satellite TV.

    Takeovers, investments and joint ventures in the industry this year have already surpassed 2020, with more than $3.6 billion spent on them so far in 2021, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

     

    Click HERE for further details from Bloomberg

     

    SES Seeks Speedier Summary Judgment in C-Band Case Against Intelsat
    Posted: 17 June 2021

    by  — 

    TAMPA, Fla. — SES is asking Intelsat’s bankruptcy court for a speedier summary judgment on the satellite operators’ C-band dispute instead of a full trial.

    The company said in a June 16 court filing that it had already submitted enough evidence for a ruling in its favor over Intelsat’s withdrawal from their C-Band Alliance, where it said the competitors agreed to split proceeds from clearing the spectrum evenly.

    This includes emails and text messages among senior Intelsat executives that SES says support its case.

    SES said in the filing that Intelsat wrongfully seeks to keep a $421 million chunk of the C-band proceeds from the company as a result.

    Satellite operators are in line for $9.7 billion in total from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for clearing 300MHz of C-band, provided they meet deadlines for making it available for wireless 5G operators. 

    Intelsat and SES hold the largest share of the 500 MHz C-band in the U.S. and will get $4.9 billion and $3.97 billion, respectively, under the FCC’s plan.

    Click HERE for further details from Spacenews

     

    Welcome New Member
    Posted: May 17, 2020

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new member to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    May 2021

    Richard Scott Chilcote

     

    Intelsat and SES On Course for Mammoth C-Band Payments
    Posted 9 May 2021

    by  — 

    • Intelsat's Q1 earnings down 50% year over year despite higher revenue due to Gogo acquisition

    • COVID-19 drags down SES Q1 revenue; operator says video decline is slowing

    • Intelsat and SES C-ban legal battle rages on

    TAMPA, Fla. — Satellite operators Intelsat and SES say they are on track to meet a key C-band spectrum clearing deadline this year, despite ongoing COVID-19 disruption.

    The pandemic has been slowing supply chains for delivering upgrades and filters needed to clear the frequencies for terrestrial 5G wireless operators — and limiting access to sites to install them.

    But Intelsat and SES, which hold the lion’s share of C-band in the United States and will get around $9 billion combined if they clear their part of the 300 megahertz of auctioned spectrum in time, said during financial results they are on track for the first big deadline Dec. 5.

    That is when a portion of the spectrum currently being used to provide TV and radio to nearly 120 million U.S. homes must be available for 5G mobile.

    Intelsat and SES will get $1.2 billion and $1 billion, respectively, if they meet the Dec. 5 deadline for clearing the first 120 megahertz of C-band the U.S. Federal Communications Commission began auctioning off late last year.

    Click HERE for further details from Spacenews.

     

    Help Us Find These Members
    Posted: 
    16 April 2021

    We have lost contact with these members below.  If you have any information on how to contact them, please send us an EMail at:  info@myiraa.comm

    Mike Brown
    John Crispin

    Lee Huffman

     

    Intelsat's Chapter 11 Exit Plan Falters
    Posted:
    12 April 2021

    Intelsat is asking its Chapter 11 bankruptcy court for more time to deliver its exit plan from bankruptcy.

    A hearing scheduled for April 14th will see Judge Phillips asked for more time. Intelsat says the additional time is necessary to ensure that it maintains control of its case, which is particularly complicated because of the dozens of subsidiary and sister businesses under various Intelsat names all of which are affected by the bankruptcy.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted: March 27, 2021

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    February 2021

    Phil Spector

    March 2021

    Tokuo Oishi
    Benjamin Smith

     

    Intelsat Court Hearing on March 17
    Posted: 9 March 2021

    Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy court will hold an omnibus hearing on March 17th.

    The remote video hearing will see Judge Philips hear a number of motions. Three important items listed for hearing are the application by Intelsat’s lawyers for the court to approve Intelsat’s request for an “Expedited” process for its exit plan from bankruptcy.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

     

    Inaugural Congress of the Global Alliance for International Collaboration in Space (GALIX)
    Posted: 23 February 2021

    You are cordially invited to register for the Global Alliance for International Space Collaboration (GALIX) Congress on March 18-19. (10:00am-12:30pm EDT and 15:00-17:30 pm CET) This global forum features many key space leaders from around the world including NASA Chief Scientist James Green, Niklas Hedman of the UN OOSA, Michelle Hanlon of For All Moonkind, Juan De Dalmau President of the Internat’l Space Univ., Lucy Stojak of the Canadian Space Council, Alicia Woodly of Axiom, J-J Tortora of the European Space Policy Institute, Su-Yin Tan of the Univ. of Waterloo, Canada, Dr. Kai-Uwe Shrogl of ESA/DLR, and many other notables listed in the Program at GALIX.net.

    Please go to  https://www.galix.net and click on registration page. Notice of the Zoom Address will be sent to you in coming days. The Purpose of GALIX is to expand international collaboration in space and to enhance space policy, financial opportunity, education and training, and regulation to this end of global partnership. Some fifteen organizations are working in collaboration on this global initiative. Registration is on a first come and first serve basis and a Zoom address for this event will be provided to you in coming days after you are registered.
     

    Joseph N. Pelton, Chairman of the Board of GALIX, Dean Emeritus, International Space University, Founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, Founding President of the SSPI, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics

     

    Chairman of Embattled Satellite Operator Accused of Insider Trading
    Posted:
    18 January 2021

    The chairman of satellite operator Intelsat is being sued for insider trading in an explosive new shareholder lawsuit that also dings private-equity giants BC Partners and Silver Lake Partners, a New York Knicks shareholder.

    The Oakland, Calif., federal court lawsuit claims that David McGlade, Intelsat’s chairman and former CEO, sold stock in the satellite operator on Nov. 5, 2019 — mere hours after the company’s CEO learned that the Federal Communications Commission was leaning against a proposal that would have earned the company billions.

    McGlade made the trade — together with fellow Intelsat insiders Silver Lake and BC Partners — via a $246 million block sale of 10 million shares, the lawsuit says. Weeks later, on Nov. 18, the FCC rejected Intelsat’s proposal to run the sale of government-owned airwaves it had been using for TV and radio communications — squashing its dreams of a $7 billion-plus windfall. By May, the company had filed for bankruptcy protection. The stock, which had been trading at around $23 a share ahead of the insider selling, closed Friday at 72 cents a share..

    Click HERE for further details from New York Post

     

    Happy New Year 2021!
    Posted: 1 January 2022

     

    Happy Holidays Everyone
    Posted: December 17, 2020

    The Board of Directors and Volunteers of the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association wish you peace, joy and good health during your holidays celebrated and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2021 ahead!

    Here is a lovely YouTube video you may enjoy of people from 50 COVID countries singing Amazng Grace
     

     

    Trial Date Set for the SES + Intelsat Legal Dispute
    Posted 7 December 2020

    Intelsat’s bankruptcy court on December 3 said the dispute between SES Americom and Intelsat would go to trial next June — the news coincides with a 126-page filing to Intelsat’s court from SES that pulls no punches in its claims.

    At the heart of the legal dispute between SES and Intelsat is an argument over Intelsat’s handling of an alleged 50-50 agreed division within the C-Band Alliance (CBA) and how the FCC ‘incentive’ payments over the reallocation of both satellite operators’ C-band frequencies would be allocated. SES is claiming $1.8 billion from Intelsat.

    The FCC-organized auction over the sale of the spectrum is now occurring.

    The SES vs Intelsat legal action kicked off with a July 14 claim lodged by SES where SES claimed damages and which included alleged breaches of contract, fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment. Intelsat firmly rejected the claim and, in October, added in its own allegations that SES had “improperly shared” a confidential report with the FCC and that the SES claims are without merit.

    Click HERE for further details from Satnews

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted: October 26, 2020

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    October 2020

    Paul Tan
    William Wu
     

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted: September 14, 2020

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    September 2020

    James (Jimmy) Ferrara
    Darren Hutchinson
    Carmen Nelson
    Sanjay Singhal
    Dianne VanBeber

     

    Intelsat to Acquire Commercial Aviation Business of Gogo
    Posted:
    31 August 2020

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    MCLEAN, Va.--()--Intelsat (OTC: INTEQ), operator of the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the commercial aviation business of Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the largest global provider of in-flight broadband connectivity, for $400 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments.

    The transaction further propels Intelsat’s efforts in the growing commercial in-flight connectivity market, pairing its high-capacity global satellite and ground network with Gogo’s installed base of more than 3,000 commercial aircraft to redefine the connectivity experience.

    Gogo’s leading commercial aviation business provides Intelsat with key airline relationships and customer-facing capabilities, including a leading software platform, ISP and network management infrastructure. It currently serves 21 commercial airlines, including 9 of the top 20 global carriers.

    Click HERE for further details from BusinessWire

     

    Help Us Find These Members
    Posted: 
    28 August 2020

    We have lost contact with these members below.  If you have any information on how to contact them, please send us an EMail at:  info@myiraa.comm

    John Crispin
    Lee Huffman

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted: August 27, 2020

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    August 2020

    Yvonne Graham
    Neni Gray
    Javed Hashmi
    Brian Henderson
    Van McDevitt

    Vishnu Sahay
     Herminia Salazar

     

     

    FCC Concludes First Mid-Band 5G Auction
    Posted: 26 August 2020

    By Colin Mann | August 26, 2020

    The US’s FCC has confirmed what it describes as the successful conclusion of bidding in its auction of Priority Access Licenses in the 3550-3650 MHz band for 5G, raising some $4.5 billion, although it has yet to name the successful bidders. The auction made available the greatest number of spectrum licences ever in a single FCC auction. 

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

     

    Intelsat Announces Successful Launch of Galaxy 30 Satellite and Northrop Grumman's
    Second Mission Extension Vehicle

    Posted:
    15 August 2020

    McLean, Va. – August 15, 2020 – Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, announced the successful launch of Galaxy 30, a geosynchronous communications satellite that will primarily provide high-performance television distribution service to Intelsat’s North American customers.

    Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicle 2 (MEV-2) was part of the same successful launch today. The Intelsat 10-02 satellite is scheduled to be its first customer in early 2021.

    The Northrop Grumman-manufactured Galaxy 30 and MEV-2 launched on the Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana at 6:04 p.m. EDT. Galaxy 30 separated from the rocket at 6:31 p.m. EDT, and Intelsat confirmed its signal acquisition at 7:02 p.m. EDT.

    Galaxy 30 is the first satellite in Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet refresh plan and will replace Galaxy 14 at 125 degrees west once it is in service in early 2021. The Intelsat Galaxy fleet is the most reliable and efficient media content distribution system in North America, offering customers an unmatched penetration of cable head-ends.

    Click HERE for further details from Intelsat

     

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted: July  17 2020

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    July 2020

    Patrick Drissel
    Luis F. Gonzalez
     Cecilia Lewis
    Peery B. Lewis (Britt)

     

    C-Band:  SES Wants $1.8bn from Bankrupt Intelsat
    Posted: 15 July 2020

    By Chris Forrester
    July 15, 2020

    SES Americom, the US division of the Luxemburg-based satellite operator, is seeking $1.8 billion (€1.5bn) in damages from Intelsat which is in bankruptcy.

    SES is alleging that Intelsat has breached the contract between the two operators which was agreed to handle the sale of C-band frequencies over the US.

    The SES filing, lodged on July 14th, argues that Intelsat and its subsidiary entities are in violation of that contract and related fiduciary duties related to the C-band consortium agreement.

    SES seeks compensation and punitive damages. It also wants attorney fees and other expenses in relation to arguing the C-band claim and costs relating to litigating the claim.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

     

    Bankruptcy Court Approves $17M Intelsat Bonus Plan
    Posted: 2 July 2020

    By Rachel Jewett | July 2, 2020

     

    A bankruptcy court has approved Intelsat's request for an employee incentive pan worth $17 million, despite an objection from the U.S. Trustee overseeing the cased.

    The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, approved the bonuses as part of a Key Executive Incentive Plan (KEIP) in cour documents filed June 30.  The incentives are tied to certain targets like meeting Cband clearing deadlines.

    Six executives are eligible to recieve a maximum of $17,087,561.  CEP Stephen Spengler could reeive a maximum amount of $6,974,100.  The other eligible executives are:  CFO David Tolley; General Counsel Michelle Bryan; Chief Services Officer Michael DeMarco; CCO Samar Halawi; and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning Bruno Fromont.

    Acting U.S. Trustee Jon Fitzgerald III with the U.S. Department of Justice filed an objection to the bonuses on June 23, aruguing the plan did not set stringent enough performnce goals, and the bonuses are not tied to cash flow and will be paid even if the debtors sustain losses.  The objection pointed to $6.9 million in retention bonuses pointed to $6.9 million in retention bonuses paid to Intelsat executives shortly before the company filed for bankruptcy. CEO Stephen Spengler received $1 million, according to SEC filings.  

    Click HERE for further details from Via Satellite

     

    Intelsat Extends Liquid Telecom Partnership Across Africa
    Posted 29June 2020

    Satellite network operator Intelsat S.A. INTEQ recently announced the extension of its partnership with Liquid Telecom to deliver avant-garde and reliable Internet connectivity in the rural areas of Africa by leveraging its high-throughput satellite fleet. Markedly, the multi-year strategic agreement between the two companies underscores Intelsat’s commitment to provide seamless broadband connectivity for the development of educational institutions and local businesses, thereby strengthening growth of its critical communications infrastructure across the continent.

    Backed by a unique offering of innovative digital services, Liquid Telecom is Africa’s leading communications solutions provider that caters to nearly 13 countries with high-speed connectivity. Further, it offers best-in-class hosting and co-location services to various mobile operators, enterprises and media firms. The company operates state-of-the-art data centers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Nairobi. It reportedly established Africa’s largest independent fiber network, spanning more than 70,000 kilometers. With leading cloud-based services such as Microsoft Corporation’s MSFT Azure and Office 365, it offers a steady communications infrastructure that prioritizes traffic within Africa to reduce latency.

    Click HERE for further details from Zacks Equity Research

     

    Intelsat, SEC Detail C-Band Transition Plans
    Posted: 22 June 2020

    By Rachel Jewett | June 22, 2020

    Intelsat and SES both filed their C-band spectrum transition plans with the FCC last week on June 19. The operators are working to meet the FCC’s accelerated clearing timeline to clear 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum for commercial 5G deployment by the end of 2021, and another 180 megahertz two years later. The operators will be eligible to receive incentive payments, in addition to relocation costs, if they clear the spectrum on the FCC’s timeline. Intelsat is eligible to receive $4.87 billion, and SES is eligible to receive $3.97 billion. 

    Intelsat’s plan estimates the total cost of its C-band replacement satellite portion of the transition plan, including launch, insurance, and program management, to be $1.18 billion.

    The operator is planning for the construction and launch of seven new satellites to create sufficient capacity to repack services and effectuate spectrum clearing. Last week, Intelsat announced that Maxar Technologies will build and deliver four satellites, and Northrop Grumman will build and deliver two satellites. The operator is also currently in negotiations with manufacturers for a seventh satellite. 

    Click HERE for further details from ViaSatellite

     

    Intelsat Procures New C-Band Spectrum Transition
    Posted: 15 June 2020

    Contracts in place with U.S. manufacturers Maxar Technologies and Northrop Grumman

    June 15, 2020

    MCLEAN, Va.--()--Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, today announced that it has contracted for new satellites with U.S. manufacturers, a necessary step to meet the accelerated C-band spectrum clearing timelines established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this year.

    Intelsat has entered into two new agreements; one with Maxar Technologies to build and deliver four satellites, and another with Northrop Grumman to build and deliver two satellites. Intelsat is currently in negotiations with manufacturers for a seventh satellite required to support its C-band transition.

    Later this week, Intelsat plans to file its full C-band spectrum transition plan with the FCC in accordance with the FCC’s revised timeline. The plan will provide additional manufacturing and launch details for new satellites and outline the steps that Intelsat will take to reconfigure its terrestrial-based infrastructure and to ensure a successful transition.

    Click HERE for further details from BusinessWire

     

    Busy Bankruptcy Court for Intesat
    Posted 11 June 2020

    As well as approving a $1 billion ‘debtor in possession’ loan, Intelsat’s bankruptcy court had an extremely busy ‘omnibus’ day on June 9th dealing with dozens of applications and motions.

    The court approved the rate of interest that Intelsat must pay to the lenders Credit Suisse on the $1 billion loan. Intelsat has to pay an immediate 1.5 per cent, and then an expensive 3.6 per cent (the “ticking fee”) per month just like a taxicab fare and designed to encourage Intelsat not to stretch the whole bankruptcy process out too long.

    While the $1 billion loan grabbed the most headlines, the court also agreed a motion that – in essence – permits the sale of Spaceflight Industries, in which Intelsat has a $50 million loan, to Mitsui & Co. Intelsat had made the loan to Spaceflight because it wanted to participate in a Spaceflight subsidiary (BlackSky, which is an Earth observation business). Intelsat still has a “right to purchase” option in Spaceflight/BlackSky.

    Click HERE for further details from Advanced Television

     

    Welcome New Members
    Posted: 10 June  2020

    We are pleased to Welcome the following new members to the Intelsat Retirees and Alumni Association:

    June 2020

    Tom Barr
    Patty Harrison
    Alan Shingler
    Maria Stefanita
     

     

    Investors Accuse Intelsat Insiders of Trading on C-Band News
    Posted: 8 June 2020

    Law360 (June 8, 2020. 5:07 PM EDT) --

    Investors claim major stakeholders in satellite giant Intelsat dodged $185 million in losses by trading on nonpublic information about a Federal Communications Commission plan to publicly auction C-Band spectrum.
     
    Three institutional investors filed suit in California federal court Friday against BC Partners LLP and Silver Lake Group LLC, two investment firms that unloaded $246 million worth of their Intelsat stock on Nov. 5, the same day the FCC allegedly told Intelsat's CEO the agency would not approve Intelsat's proposal for a private sale of the spectrum.
     
    The FCC said Nov. 18 that a public auction would be held instead, meaning that Intelsat would no longer rake in the more than $7 billion it had expected had the private sale gone through and leading it to file for bankruptcy in May, according to the complaint. Two days after the announcement, Intelsat's stock price plunged by nearly 80%, the investors say.
     
    "By offloading significant holdings of Intelsat common stock ahead of the FCC's announcement, BC Partners and Silver Lake, who were also parties to joint shareholding agreements, avoided approximately $185 million in losses," the putative class action alleges. "Their actions constitute blatant violations of their obligation to disclose or abstain from trading and present a classic case of insider trading."
     
    Intelsat, a Luxembourg-based satellite operator that provides television and radio communications, started working with the FCC in 2017 to determine whether it could free up a portion of its coveted 3.7 to 4.2 gigahertz band, or