SmartSky, Aeronet, Gogo and HAPSMobile are just some of the companies that are hoping to eke profits from stratospheric communications. But others, like Loon and Qualcomm, have moved on.
After 5G, AI and space exploration, China has elbowed its way to the front of the pack in another key technology – quantum communications.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hiber hooks up with Inmarsat; Forsway develops satellite-assisted 5G; AT&T taps Ericsson for 5G network expansion.
Boeing's long-stalled proposal with the FCC to get into satellite broadband appears set to move ahead – but is it too late?
New service is based on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite, but solving the digital divide remains a challenge.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgium gets Orange Money service; Dutch antitrust watchdog jumps on Apple; TDC reigns supreme for mobile experience, says study.
This week: Evan Dixon, president of global fixed broadband at Viasat, discusses the company's role in tackling the digital divide in the US and abroad, and he pushes back on arguments from the fiber industry that satellite isn't 'future proof.'
Blank check company targeting TMT/ICT firms in Europe and emerging markets starts life on Nasdaq.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia targets Industry 4.0; Deutsche Telekom exploits 5G in the factory; Thales teams up with Google for cloud services.
Things are hotting up in the Indian space race.
Ingenu's inked a $240 million deal to launch dozens of LEO satellites for its IoT network, while Kore went public with a 'buy' rating from one financial analyst firm.
French billionaire's reach for the skies misfires as Eutelsat board 'rejects unanimously' his €12.10-per-share offer
An EU satellite consortium forms, while China's Geely makes its first sats, and the UK's Isotropic Systems hops between satellite broadband networks.
Lynk announced its first two operator customers: Aliv in the Bahamas and Telecel Centrafrique in the Central African Republic. AST SpaceMobile, meanwhile, counts deals covering a total of 1.5 billion subscribers.
The EU eyes a stake in UK-backed OneWeb, just as its satellite broadband rival Starlink says it will emerge from 'Better Than Nothing Beta' next month.
OneWeb's constellation grows to its halfway mark of 322 after its tenth launch, while Amazon picks a fight at the FCC with Elon Musk's Starlink.
Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite broadband unit, claims its concerns about SpaceX's 'Gen2' system plans for Starlink stem from regulatory rules and not, as SpaceX contends, from desires to slow competition.
OneWeb has locked in AT&T as a big-name customer as it pushes ahead with a plan provide global coverage via a constellation of hundreds of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.
The Multimedia over Coax Alliance is developing a new standard, called MoCA Link, that provides a speedy, low-latency bridge between access devices on the side of the home or on the roof, and the in-home Wi-Fi router.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Africa Data Centres expands; Scottish broadband project sets sail; Qualcomm and Google offer infotainment wizardry to French carmaker Renault.