Intelsat, SES, Viasat in Asia: Our problem is frequency rights and market access, not LEO constellations

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS —  Intelsat, SES and Viasat said their biggest challenge in the Asia-Pacific region have nothing to do with SpaceX Starlink or OneWeb or other LEO broadband constellation.

It’s the regulatory environment, and not only because many Asian nations are likely to set up barriers to foreign satellite networks. It’s also because some of them are considering auctioning off Ka-band spectrum to 5G terrestrial operators.

“The biggest risk is making big investments in Asia-Pac when the regulatory environment is . . .

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