AWS global satcom chief: US Defense Department-forced standards could save satcom industry from itself

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The U.S. Department of Defense, whose Space Development Agency has already forced a de facto common technical standard on optical satellite transmissions, may be able to accomplish the same feat with interoperability among satellite broadband systems in geostationary and non-geostioantary orbit, the head of Amazon Web Services’s global satcom division said.

Paul Mattear also said the DoD’s recent solicitations will also assure that geostationary-orbit satellites, whose relevance is under question in some markets, will remain viable to offer network resilience.

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