Satellite operators APT, Measat, Thaicom assess East Asian market post-Covid, pre-LEO constellations’ arrival

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Asian satellite fleet operators said that for the first time in years they are optimistic that demand is catching up with the region’s chronic oversupply, especially as governments come off the Covid pandemic with a renewed focus on rural connectivity.

They also gave updates on how they plan to adapt to the coming arrival of global constellations of low-orbiting broadband satellites, and one or more large geostationary-orbit high-throughput spacecraft.

In a discussion of their home markets’ status, APT Satellite Holdings of China . . .

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