By Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering
GX and O3B are in orbit; Telenor will launch in 2014; and Avanti has been operational for some time. All of these High Throughput Satellite (HTS) programs have different approaches to allocate space segment and operate over different business models. Overlay that with hosted payloads, satellite operators hosting HTS and broadcast payloads, and it’s a complex new world.
The recent GVF HTS event in London provided a forum for some interesting discussion around go-to-market models for satellite operators in the HTS market. The good news is that there now seems to be consensus within the industry that HTS does not mean Ka-band frequency. It could also refer to Ku- and X-band systems, with some satellite operators said they would consider a C-band HTS offering.
Some of the more interesting discussion was around the advantages of an open or closed approach. Although some dispute this whole concept, in reality there are 50 Shades of Grey between open and closed.
Closed models taken to the most extreme would be something like the Viasat-1 approach where a satellite operator has a complete, vertically integrated service provision, owns the satellite, and develops the ground infrastructure. At the other end of the spectrum, Intelsat’s plans for Epic are characterized by an open architecture akin to what the VSAT industry is accustomed with traditional Ku-band satellites. Others are in between, potentially allowing multiple vendors or different service providers to build networks. Read More
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 presented a Webinar on HTS, on Thursday December 5th, 2013, hosted by Via Satellite.
During the presentation, Bettinger discussed:
- How HTS will impact ground infrastructure requirements. Bettinger walked 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 discussed 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 reviewed new tools service providers can leverage to create value for their customers.
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High throughput satellite (HTS) technologies with unprecedented bandwidth and power resources are being viewed as “the wave of the future” for satellite communications and networking services. Despite this tremendous potential, there is a great deal of misperception and lack of understanding about these new technologies among both customers and the industry at large. With different options, how do you pick the best one for your company’s needs? Continue>
Onboard satellite communications are evolving as maritime operators are finding more critical applications for broadband at sea, beyond basic voice and data connectivity. A new trend is the need for higher throughput networks to run multiple bandwidth-heavy applications onboard all vessels. And as High Throughput Satellites (HTS) come online, this trend is projected to grow.
To support these applications, iDirect is rolling out iDX 3.2 and the X7 remote.
X7 – The remote that can run a huge wave of applications
The X7 remote provides a significant increase in performance and is optimized for high-performing networks. As future iDirect software gets released, the X7 will be able to increase combined network throughput up to 100 Mbps.
This remote will play a major role in supporting a multitude of applications across the maritime market. Let’s examine three segments: Cruise ships, offshore oil and gas, and shipping.
Cruise ships: Cruise lines are connecting a floating community on board their vessels by supporting passengers with voice, data, video and Internet applications. Passengers can use these broadband applications for voice and onboard GSM, interactive guest services, entertainment and video streaming, and Internet on mobile devices. Read More
VSAT continues to be the communications standard in the maritime market. And with emerging High Throughout Satellites (HTS), VSAT adoption is projected to double from 12,300 vessels to 24,600 vessels, according to Comsys. Comsys also predicts service revenue across the maritime industry will hit $1.2 billion by 2016.
The information graphic below explores four markets within the maritime industry: Cruise lines, offshore oil and gas, fishing and commercial shipping. These markets present key opportunities to service providers.
For traditional maritime VSAT markets like cruise lines and offshore oil and gas, growth is tied to a proliferation in applications and a surge in data usage. And HTS will open the door further by lowering bandwidth costs enough to encourage greater use in high bandwidth applications like HD video and high-res imaging.
Emerging markets like fishing and commercial shipping will be especially impacted by HTS. These markets have been slow to adopt VSAT due to cost constraints. Improved economics will enable them to begin using basic voice, data and video applications.
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