Gilat: Constellations will force satellite focus on 5G; pitching dual Ku/Ka terminals in China

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite ground antenna and terminal builder Gilat Satellite Networks said it is maintaining high R&D spending levels in 2018 to pivot its product line to very-high-throughput satellites (VHTS), the likely arrival of satellite mega-constellations in low orbit and an electronically steered ground-user antenna that will be key to the constellations’ success.

In a May 15 conference call with investors, Gilat Chief Executive Yona Ovadia acknowledged the skepticism about the mega-constellations, which up to now have launched more conference panels than satellites.

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