News Analysis

WTA Publishes Top Operator Rankings for 2017

New York, NY, January 9, 2018--The World Teleport Association (WTA) today published its annual rankings for the Top Teleport Operators of 2017. The annual rankings of companies by revenue and revenue growth are compiled by surveying teleport operators around the world as well as referencing the published results of publicly-held companies.

A US$ 24 Billion Opportunity for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Communications and Imaging

Cambridge, Mass., January 4, 2018 – NSR’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Satcom and Imaging Markets, 4th Edition report, released today, projects a cumulative revenue opportunity of $19.7 billion for UAS satellite communications and $4.3 billion for commercial UAS imaging service during the 2016-2026 period owed to an accelerating Government and Military UAS market, with increased adoption rates for unmanned systems around the world.

Marlink to Acquire Livewire Connections

London, UK, December 11, 2017--Marlink, backed by Apax-partners has signed a definite agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Livewire Connections, a UK headquartered satellite communications service provider with focus on superyacht customers.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for Fiscal 2018 First Quarter and Updates 2018 Guidance

Melville, New York, December 6, 2017-- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL) today reported its operating results for the first fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2017 and updated its fiscal 2018 guidance.

The December 2017 issue of the Satellite Executive Briefing magazine

The December 2017  issue of  the  Satellite Executive Briefing magazine  focusing on sponsored by Amos Spacecom is now available.  Featuring:

Maritime Satellite Market Trends by Bernardo Schneiderman

Space Debris by Virgil Labrador and Peter Galace

That "Vision" Thing by Lou Zacharilla

The Value of Independent Teleports by David Andres

plus SatcomRus 2017 Conference report, Product and Services MarketPlace Guide to Africacom 2017 Executive Moves, Market Briefs, Vital Statistics and many more.  Click here to read or download the file

IFIMI Becomes Orbit’s Controlling Shareholder by Acquiring 33.4% of the Company for Approximately US$10 Million

Netanya, Israel, December 2, 2017 – Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI), a  provider of precision tracking-based communications solutions and airborne communications management systems, announced that the company successfully concluded a private placement of 33.4% of its shares to FIMI Opportunity Funds for approximately US$10 million, effectively making FIMI Orbit's controlling shareholder. FIMI also received options to purchase additional Orbit shares for approximately US$20 million. If fully realized, FIMI would possess 56% of the company’s shares.

Marlink and OmniAccess to Merge

Palma de Mallorca, Spain, November 23, 2017--Backed by Apax Partners, Marlink has signed a definite agreement to acquire a majority stake in OmniAccess. The existing management team of OmniAccess will remain unchanged and continue to keep a significant shareholding in the company.

Atos to Acquire Siemens Convergence Creators

Bezons, France, November 20, 2017--Atos,has announced its intention to acquire Siemens Convergence Creators GmbH (CVC), a global multi-industry digital transformation solutions provider, headquartered in Vienna. With its highly skilled engineers and a total headcount of approximately 800 staff, CVC delivers software based solutions in the fields of communication networks, service and customer management, public safety and security, multimedia infotainment, as well as space technology.

Speedcast Completes UltiSat Acquisition

Sydney, Australia, Nov. 6, 2017--Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA) a provider of fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, today announced it has completed the previously announced 100% acquisition of UltiSat in a cash transaction of up to US$ 100 million, payable over two years and subject to ongoing financial performance. The closing is effective as of November 1,  2017.

Eutelsat Acquires Noorsat

Amman, Jordan, October 13, 2017--Moving to consolidate its presence in the Middle East, Eutelsat has acquired Noorsat, one of the leading satellite service providers in the Middle East, from Bahrain’s Orbit Holding Group, in a deal valued at US$ 75 million (€63.4m).