Uganda Telecom gets new administrator

06 January 2020

Former Uganda Law Society boss, Ruth Sebatindira, is the new administrator of cash-strapped operator Uganda Telecom.

The company was originally placed in receivership in April 2017, following a dispute between the company and the country’s ministry of finance over unpaid dues, as its debts rapidly out stripped its asset base.

It is understood that at the point it was placed into receivership, Uganda Telecom had debts and liabilities of around US$245m, whilst its asset base was valued at only US$40m).

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni previously stated that the former government owned telco was a victim of corrupt officials who sort to strip the company’s assets and pay themselves exorbitant salaries.

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Comtech snaps up UHP Networks

11 December 2019

Comtech Telecommunications has entered into an agreement to acquire UHP Networks, a provider of disruptive satellite ground station technology solutions, for a purchase price of approximately US$40m.

Founded in 2005, UHP is based in Canada and has developed technology that has helped transform the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) market.

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Yahsat and Hughes launch satellite services JV in Brazil

09 December 2019

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and Hughes Network Systems have entered into a joint venture to provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services in Brazil, South America's largest nation by land area. 

This new venture combines Hughes experience delivering satellite networks and services in Brazil with Yahsat’s position and capabilities in the region. Hughes will hold the majority interest in the joint venture.

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Satellite Mediaport Services (SMS) selected as European Gateway for AMOS-17

04 December 2019

SMS Teleport UK

SMS Teleport UK

Satellite Mediaport Services  (SMS Teleport), the largest independent teleport in the UK, has been selected by Spacecom  to act as the European Gateway for their newly operational AMOS-17 communication satellite, which supports connectivity between Africa, the Middle East, Europe, India and China.

SMS is uplinking the first carriers of data services over C-Band and Ku-Band – Broadband Internet and Telecom – on the AMOS-17 communication satellite located at the 17°E orbital position serving Africa.

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