Kymeta, Speedcast, ST Engineering iDirect: Consolidation’s coming soon — standardization too, but it’s still years away

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS —  Satellite ground hardware and service providers Kymeta, Speedcast and ST Engineering iDirect agreed that the Viasat purchase of Inmarsat is a harbinger for a wave of industry consolidation but that the sector will not shed its multiple proprietary standards anytime soon.

The integration of satellite services into the 5G technical standards starting nexts year will help, they said, but the appeal of locking customers into a given supplier will take years to disappear.

“It’s going to be . . .

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