Hughes says LEO & GEO are complementary. Will that be true in Canada?

by Peter B. de Selding

LOGAN, Utah — Broadband hardware and service provider Hughes Network Systems declined to speculate on whether it’s on a collision course with Telesat of Canada over satellite broadband provision in rural Canada, where Hughes has a $250-million, 15-year contract with rural broadband provider Xplornet Communications Inc.

Hughes President Pradman P. Kaul, in an Aug. 8 investor call, said operators of large geostationary-orbit satellites such as Hughes and LEO broadband constellations such as Telesat’s future network will serve complementary markets.

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