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Mobile satellite services poised for launch in Europe at last

Very few people these days have confidence in satellite delivery to mobile phones, with a few notable exceptions, and two of these are about to begin the process of invading Europe with Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) over the coming months and years. Back in January 2009, after a protracted bidding process, two 18-year contracts were awarded to deliver these services across Europe, to a joint venture between Eutelsat and SES, and to Inmarsat. The two pieces of spectrum awarded were two 15 MHz blocks in 1.98-2.01 GHz on the uplink, and 2.17-2.2 GHz down. The EutelSat/SES joint venture, called Solaris, decided to sell off its rights to EchoStar in January 2014, and last week EchoStar joined Inmarsat in putting up…

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