China Satcom plots OTT defense, says Ka-band aero program delayed by 2 years with Chinasat 18 failure

by Peter B. de Selding

BANGKOK — Satellite fleet operator China Satcom, facing the same 5G and OTT streaming pressures as its counterparts elsewhere — and now being publicly traded as well — said the loss of the Chinasat 18 Ka-band satellite will slow its in-flight-connectivity business plans by two or three years but will have no immediate financial impact on the company.

China Satcom also said it is reviewing possible partnerships with global low-orbiting constellations of broadband satellites but that these systems appear to be repositioning themselves toward the same vertical markets, including mobility . . .

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