Satellite’s role in extending mobile communications today is clear. Going forward, its role can continue to expand as new opportunities are created and markets begin to open up.
According to Euroconsult, the number of sites leveraging satellite backhaul between 2007 and 2012 reached 16,000, representing satellite capacity consumption of roughly 15.5 GHz. The analyst firms goes on to say that satellite bandwidth for cellular backhaul in developing economies could grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7% by 2023, totaling upwards of $1.1 billion.
The question now becomes how managed service providers can best leverage the opportunities created by this demand for mobile services. This issue is addressed in a new market report from the World Teleport Association, titled “Core Capabilities for Mobile Backhaul and Networking“.
iDirect’s Director of Market Development Richard Deasington was interviewed for this report, which positions TDMA as the preferred solution. Part of the reason for this, according to multiple sources cited in the report, is the fact SCPC services for cell backhaul consume too much bandwidth and can limit flexibility.
The report is a highly recommended read for those looking to understand the opportunity for satellite in extending mobile communications. It outlines the competitive advantages brought to the table by teleport operators, many of which cannot be matched by traditional mobile companies. Read More