Nur-Sultan pilgrimage: SES, OneWeb look to Kazakhstan to anchor their NGSO constellation businesses in Central Asia

by Peter B. de Selding


PARIS — Kazakhstan is perhaps most open of the ex-Soviet states to the idea of partnering with non-geostationary-orbit satellite fleet operators and has gone so far as to scrap a planned national geostationary satellite in favor of striking agreements with one or more NGSO players.

So it’s only to be expected that in the past two weeks alone, Kazakh authorities have signed MoUs with both LEO constellation operator OneWeb and medium-Earth-orbit mPower constellation of operator SES Networks.

Both companies . . .

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