Arabsat: Starlink’s squeezing many GEO operators into smaller niches; delays on software-defined GEO sats don’t help

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — The following remarks by Arabsat Chief Strategy Officer Abdulhadi Alhassani could could have come from just about any established geostationary-orbit satellite fleet operator, especially regional ones:

“The traditional business of GEO operators has been really hurt. Just selling megabits here and there is no longer the name of the game. You need to find your footing and find your niche, whether it’s LEOs or MEOs or other GEOs. That’s it: Just try to find your footing.

“On the commercial side we are seeing . . .

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