12 July 2019
Hong Kong is one of the world’s truly global cities. Long an entrepot focusing on trade, starting in the 1970s and 1980s, Hong Kong became a center for regional broadcast, and in the 1990s, a center for satellite communications. Indeed, this city of under 8 million people is home to no less than 3 satellite operators (arguably 4), as well as the largest satellite service provider in the world (ABS, APT Satellite, AsiaSat, and arguably GapSat, and SpeedCast, respectively). Although many of the broadcasters have left Hong Kong for places such as Singapore, the satellite operators remain, and while they are putting less emphasis on the small, terrestrially-connected Hong Kong market, they are beginning to evolve in a satellite market that increasingly demands rapid evolution.
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