Operators of the Asia-Pacific satellite have questions for LEO mega constellation players.

WASHINGTON- Asia-Pacific satellite operators declare that they are having talks with firms planning massive broadband satellite constellations; however, they lack transparency on how such structures will operate in their marketplaces. 

Like the rest of the globe, the Asia-Pacific has a developing broadband demand that operators of satellites are enthusiastic about tapping. OneWeb, SpaceX, Amazon, Telesat, among others, are contending to cover the world with fast and plentiful broadband through thousands of satellites put in low Earth orbit.  

Directors from Malaysian operators Measat, Japanese operator Sky Perfect JSAT as well as an operator from the Indonesian Pacific Satellite, Nusantara, stated that they stay persuaded that geostationary satellites remain the best method to provide their area’s demand given the countless questions that remain about positioning, operating, and minting LEO broadband networks.

The PSN Chief Executive Officer Adi Rahman Adiwoso, confirmed about mega constellation firms through an August 17 online meeting hosted by Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council. Several of them have approached his company. He added that whenever he asks them the precise price per megabit, gigabit, and instrumental cost, he ends up not receiving any transparency. 

Adiwoso confirmed that PSN trusts that the most cost-efficient method of providing high-speed space internet is still an elevated satellite GEO system. Adiwoso added that the business has Thales Alenia Space constructing one similar satellite and is organizing a new broadband satellite to substitute Nusantara-2. Nusantara-2 is a damaged satellite after its April send-off on board a Long March 4B China spaceship failed.

Sky Perfect JSAT invested an unrevealed sum back in the year 2017 for LeoSat, a broadband startup for LEO that crumpled back in the year 2019 following its failure to secure its $3 billion network sufficient financial support.

Mitsutoshi Akao, who is the vice unit president of the JSAT’s space company unit, stated that JSAT intensely learned constellations of LEO while operating with LeoSat, and saw it hard to decide if LEO could offer a better service compared to geostationary satellites. Akao added that some exceptional market, they have still trusted that the GEO satellite would be the foundation for them.

Akao confirmed that he trusts LEO megaconstellations unsafe investments since they need continuous savings in much bigger satellite convoys than what GEO networks need. The consumer terminals required to access the service are confusing, seemingly much more costly compared to the hardware necessary for internet services from GEO. 

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