Kepler Communications breaks ground with Ku-band satellite in LEO; more to come

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Startup narrowband data-communications satellite constellation operator Kepler Communications of Canada has reached the crucial “bringing into use” milestone for international regulators following the successful Jan. 19 launch of its first satellite aboard a Chinese Long March 11 rocket.

It was Canada’s first launch with China and makes Toronto-based Kepler the first commercial operator of a Ku-band satellite in low Earth orbit. (Eat your heart out, OneWeb).

Kepler is now setting its sights on serving its first early-adopter customers for the satellite starting this . . .

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