SES, Intelsat call off satellite merger talks

SES, Intelsat call off satellite merger talks

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By Nick Flaherty

European satellite operator SES has called off discussions on a possible combination with US competitor Intelsat.

SES confirmed the two had been engaged in discussions since on 29 March 2023; now there could be no certainty that a transaction would materialise. 

This follows significant consolidation among satellite operators with ViaSat in the US acquiring Inmarsat last month and Eutelsat acquiring UK operator OneWeb. This consolidation is partly driven by the success of SpaceX with its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband satellite constellation as well as the emerging 3GPP Release 17 standard for non-terrestrial networks (NTN) using 5G technology over satellites and a raft of new satellites to provide links for the Internet of Things (IoT) alongside a revitalised European space strategy.

SES has been working with UK ground antenna developer Isotropic Systems on a receiver that can handle multiple signals from different satellites and constellations that would dhave been suitable for a combined network.


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