TerreStar Mulling Bankruptcy
According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, satellite communications company TerreStar is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. TerreStar provides satellite coverage over much of North America, and in September of this year launched its first handset in cooperation with AT&T. The handset uses AT&T's network where AT&T provides coverage, but can fall back on TerreStar's satellite network when in areas not covered by AT&T. TerreStar has one satellite in orbit and is planning to launch another. The Journal's sources indicate that TerreStar is burning through cash, and is already working with its creditors to come to terms with filing bankruptcy. One of TerreStar's initial investors was Philip Falcone, who is now backing LightSquared, a company planning to launch a nationwide Long Term Evolution network. The Journal says that TerreStar could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as early as this week.
Garmin inReach Brings Satellite Messaging to Your Phone
Garmin this week announced its inReach series of satellite communicators. These standalone handheld devices can also be paired with any Android, iOS or Windows 10 smartphone to provide satellite-based text messaging and GPS mapping on your phone even where there is no cellular coverage.
RadioShack Weighing Bankruptcy
RadioShack is considering whether or not to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as its cash reserves dwindle. The company ended its most recent quarter with just $30.5 million in cash on hand, with debts totaling $658 million.
Pantech Files for Bankruptcy
Pantech filed for court receivership today, which is the South Korean equivalent of declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has seen its share of the global market drop precipitously.
Pantech Files for Bankruptcy In the US
Pantech's U.S. operations filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy today, following similar legal moves in the company's home market of Korea.
AT&T Talking to DirecTV About Potential Acquisition
AT&T has spoken to DirecTV about the possibility of acquiring the satellite TV firm, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with AT&T's plans, the Journal says AT&T wants to grab more pay-TV marketshare and approached DirecTV after Comcast made a bid for Time Warner earlier this year.