With Ka-band satellite finally imminent, Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems looks at strategy

by Peter B. de Selding

AMSTERDAM — JSC Gazprom Space Systems’s much-delayed C- and Ka-band Yamal-601 satellite now expected for launch in March and will bring Russia’s second satellite fleet operator into the Ka-band broadband world.

Gazprom already provides broadband in-flight connectivity in Ku-band to service providers Gogo and Panasonic Avionics. A recently signed strategic partnership with Gilat Satellite Networks of Israel will be responsible for the Ka-band business, and for marketing its dual Ka-/Ku-band antenna.

The agreement, with an initial value . . .

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