Eutelsat prolongs Inmarsat IFE squabble
French regulator ARCEP (The Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes) is the French agency in charge of regulating telecommunications in France. It can be compared with the United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
ARCEP, back in February, gave its approval to Inmarsat for the London-based satellite operator to deploy its ground-based connectivity for Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN). ARCEP joins Ofcom and many other individual European nations in approving the system which will offer internet access to and from aircraft using Inmarsat as well as the ground-based repeater system.
Inmarsat has used Deutsche Telekom (and Nokia) to complete the 300 or so ground repeater stations which have been operational since the end of February, and ready for full service implementation.
But Eutelsat is not happy. Despite mounting a joint objection to the Inmarsat scheme with California-based Viasat, which did not gain traction with the regulators, it has now initiated a fresh action with the French Council of State.
Large sighs of joy at SES
There must have been large sighs of relief with the Q1 numbers from SES on April 27th. New CEO Steve Collar (and CFO Andrew Browne) confirmed market expectations.
On the back of the numbers SES’ share price rose a spectacular €1.56 (13.4%) at one stage, and even rival Eutelsat also benefitted by 50c or so.
“We have made a solid start to 2018 with our Q1 results in line with our expectations,” said Collar in his first quarterly report since taking the role.
UHD “two years behind” in USA
Ultra-HD is making significant progress around the world (channel count up 27 percent) in particular over the past 6 months, according to data from Eutelsat and presented at the recent Cannes MIPtv event.
Claudia Vaccarone (Eutelsat’s Director of Global Market Research) told delegates that Eutelsat was carrying about 33%s of the UHD channels on air, and that the global count was some 125 channels. “Here come the channels,” she said, and Eutelsat used the occasion to announce that it was now carrying an all-UHD factual channel from NASA.