Hispasat, Optus, KT Sat: GEO satellites evolving to meet LEO challenge; LEOs uncompetitive in consumer market

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Geostationary-orbit satellite fleet operators Hispasat of Spain, Optus of Australia and Korea’s KT Sat remain deeply ambivalent about the  LEO broadband constellations.

They acknowledge that something is coming and it could be big. But they are skeptical about whether LEOs will be a sustainable, long-term business given their cost structure and whether enough markets -- vertical and geographic -- will adopt LEO-delivered broadband.

All three said they are willing to keep an open mind and are willing to address complementary . . .

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