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  1. Stephen Evans
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    I think this has more purpose for high end business jet and potentially govt/military communications than for passenger facing deployments. I can see a decent level of demand from the VIP transit market in both sectors.

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  2. Mary Bernadette Kirby
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    Astronics, Lufthansa Technik and Gilat are working to roll out hybrid Ku/Ka to as many as 300 narrowbodies in China. https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2018/02/18/china-inflight-connectivity-opportunity-opens-up-with-air-esurfing-deals/

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    1. Seth Miller
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      Not a big enough market to justify the cost of developing the solution IMO. Especially with the uncertainty of the Chinese market. Things are still so hard to nail down over there in terms of what is really happening and how the market will look in even 18 months. It is a tough spot to be in when you’re investing in hardware that needs big sales numbers to pay off the dev costs.

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    2. Mary Bernadette Kirby
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      Surely you don’t think they’ll simply focus on China, which is admittedly slow in the single-aisle uptake right now.

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    3. Seth Miller
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      Then we’re back to the question I pose in the story, which is “Where is that demand?” The proliferation of HTS satellites and the rapid drop in costs for transponder erodes the advantages for Ka pricing vs Ku. And that trend will continue, especially with fewer vendors launching new Ka still.

      I think it is really cool technology and fun to see in action. But looking at potential market demand I remain unconvinced that there is a significant future install base for a Ku-Ka solution.

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    4. Mary Bernadette Kirby
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      The article states that no one seems to want the product, which is inaccurate. It’s one thing to question the size of any market. But to suggest there is zero demand after LHT made an announcement to the contrary seems strange. Why not reach out to Miki at Gilat for comment?

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