Hispasat tells suppliers the pricing downturn means it’s not replacing all its retiring satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Two years ago, satellite fleet operator Hispasat struggled to close the business case for a new satellite network. Today, it’s having trouble justifying the the replacement of an aging in-orbit satellite that is mainly full.

Such is the position of many fixed satellite services (FSS) fleet operators. Business expansion, once taken for granted, has become hazardous and even hanging on to what they’ve got is no sure thing.

For some data applications, satellite bandwidth prices are down by 45% from where they were a decade . . .

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