Though somewhat overshadowed by its Softbank-fuelled OneWeb merger the week before, Intelsat’s Kymeta investment signals a vertical integration strategy that could point to the future direction of the industry. Whereas barriers to entry such as orbital slots and spectrum meant a lack of competitive differentiation didn’t matter so much in the past, rising competition and availability of capacity in the satellite market are increasingly weighing on prices and...
Norsat International’s largest shareholder has increased its offer to take over the Canadian satcoms specialist by US$2.25 to US$10.25 per share, six months after its original approach. US hedge fund Privet, which controls about 17.6% of Norsat’s stock, made its preliminary US$8 per share offer back in September.
The investment outlook for commercial space has mixed views. Some see space-related businesses, especially startups, as risks for bursting an investment bubble. Others see an industry on the cusp of a growth surge, as innovative companies begin to tap profit-minded investors interested in the potential of the sector and willing to accept its risks.
A booming market for connected cars provides significant opportunities for communications providers in addition to various tech companies and the automotive industry as a whole. Neuland Legal partner Danielle Herrmann investigates connectivity requirements, the inherent potential for the satellite industry, and the regulatory challenges that lie ahead.