By Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect
The advent of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology means that the VSAT industry is poised to enter a new era of innovation and possibility. Challenges associated with quality, reliability and cost have been addressed, positioning satellite communication for exponential growth and mass adoption.
At the most fundamental level, HTS represents a major advance in satellite architecture design.
Compared with a traditional broad-beam satellite, HTS can be defined by three primary characteristics, as depicted in the diagram below:
The use of multiple spot beams changes where infrastructure must be located and how it will be deployed and managed. With an HTS feeder link design, an operator can no longer place hubs anywhere under a beam. Instead, the entire hub infrastructure must be located within a feeder link managed by a single network operator.
Spot-beam architecture also impacts infrastructure management. Each spot beam requires a dedicated line card. This adds up to a larger outlay on hub infrastructure as more equipment is needed to cover the same size area that was traditionally covered by a single wide beam.
Both factors combined represent a new set of considerations for satellite operators when it comes to Bringing HTS to Market. In fact, this is the title of a recently published whitepaper here at iDirect.
Written as an educational piece for the satellite operator community, this whitepaper examines the fundamental requirements that this new era of HTS will have on the satellite ground infrastructure.
We see four essential topics that rise to the top, which are highlighted in the whitepaper:
- Performance and scale
- Ensuring network and ground infrastructure reliability
- Bandwidth management across multiple spot-beams
- Service delivery
In the coming weeks, I will be exploring these topics in greater detail and Nikola Kromer heading up Product Marketing at iDirect will demonstrate how Satellite Operators can use our new product line VelocityTM to bring HTS capacity to market in the most profitable manner.
Join in the discussion using the hashtag #BringHTStoMarket.