By Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering
I’m excited to see what’s in store for our industry as it undergoes a major transformation.
It is great to see all of the eagerness from the people within industry as new, game-changing technologies and solutions begin to emerge. I mostly see this enthusiasm when it comes to high throughput satellites (HTS) finally coming online and offering our partners more growth and opportunities.
However, I also sense a lot of apprehension. While HTS is offering a lot of promise, behind the HTS hype, many challenges are falling on the shoulders of engineers who are now tasked to develop solutions that prepares both operators and service providers for the arrival of this unpredictable technology. I hear countless questions and concerns such as:
- How can we maximize on HTS multi-spot beam and frequency reuse architectures?
- How has ground infrastructure evolved to support HTS designs?
- How can we help meet customer expectations when HTS officially comes online?
- What technology is available to effectively support HTS terminals, portable devices, smaller antennas and battle against unpredictable spectral changes such as rain fade?
A growing need for connectivity is driving demand for bandwidth across the satellite industry, creating major opportunity for VSAT in the enterprise space. And more opportunity is coming with the arrival of high throughput satellites (HTS).
However, while there is considerable hype surrounding HTS, there is still much to understand about how HTS will fully impact the industry from both a technical and business perspective. To examine this critical development, iDirect’s Chief Technology Officer Dave Bettinger will present a Webinar on HTS, Thursday December 5th, 2013, hosted by Via Satellite.
During the presentation, Bettinger will present on:
- How HTS will impact ground infrastructure requirements. Bettinger will walk through what to look for in choosing the right infrastructure to ensure the network is able to support multiple frequencies, handle redundancy, support smaller terminals and manage bandwidth across multiple spot beams.
- Assessing new HTS business models. Bettinger will discuss how go-to market strategies will involve managing a blended mixture of business models to support different capital and operational costs. This will enable both service providers and operators to profit from a range of network architectures and business strategies.
- Creating new value for service providers. With HTS, service providers will focuss les on managing networks and more on service customers. Bettinger will review new tools service providers can leverage to create value for their customers.
Last week The iDirect team supporting Africa spent three successful days in Cape Town at one of the largest telecommunications shows in the region, AfricaCom.
This year’s event saw over 8000 visitors with more than 300 companies exhibiting. The optimism and growth for satellite communications in the region was evident as many of our partners were either exhibiting or attending the event. A number of members of the iDirect executive team, including CEO Mary Cotton made the trip to South Africa to meet with our customers in the region and show support for this growing market. Africa has very diverse requirements and satellite will continue to be an important telecommunications technology for years to come to cover this large geographic region.
At the iDirect stand we highlighted the new X7 remote which offers higher throughput to support markets like oil and gas and large site mobile backhaul. At the stand we also had a working demonstration of satellite backhaul for mobile backhaul using the iDirect outdoor X1 and small cell technology. Visitors to the stand could make a call, or surf the Internet on one of the 3G handsets in the booth. This low cost hardware solution will allow much smaller sites to be enabled for 3G technology in remote or rural areas. A number of mobile operators stopped by the booth to try the demonstration and see that latency over a 3G network was not an issue when using an iDirect solution. Read More