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Emerging markets-focused telecoms operator Millicom has launched its first satellite DTH service in Bolivia.
Via its local subsidiary Tigo Bolivia, Millicom’s new service will offer 67 channels, including five in HD, five free-to-air and eight premium services.
The owner of Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has confirmed the group is in talks to acquire a controlling stake in its Israeli counterpart Spacecom.
Infrastructure giant Abertis, which holds 57% of Hispasat, said it is discussing the final terms of its offer but no agreement has been reached.
Start-up satellite broadband provider O3b Networks has beaten Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system to a hotly contested Soyuz launch slot in June.
Both groups had asked French launcher Arianespace to reserve the slot, although recent delays in the delivery of the Galileo spacecraft tipped the balance in favour of O3b’s next batch of four satellites.
Laser Light Communications, a start-up that plans to operate the world’s first commercial satcom constellation based on optical wave technology, has secured a US$24m funding commitment from US Finance.
The financing is to be used to build Laser Light’s HALO Center, a laser communications test and evaluation facility.
US-based satellite broadband provider Hughes has bought capacity at a Brazilian orbital slot it gave up soon after winning it in an auction three years ago.
Its Hughes Network Systems do Brasil unit snapped up 16 of the 24 transponders that will be on the Eutelsat 65 West A bird, which is due to launch in early 2016.
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