PARIS — It’s difficult to see how global LEO satellite broadband projects become viable as businesses without a large presence in China or India, with a combined 35% of the global population.
Aside from the technical challenges of building affordable user terminals and antennas, regulatory access will be key to the effort. As global mobile satellite service providers Inmarsat and Iridium will attest, securing landing rights can be a years-long battle. Whether this will be much easier for broadband constellations like OneWeb or SpaceX's . . .
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