iDirect’s Terry Neumann
Market forecasts show that the number of maritime vessels relying on VSAT as their primary means of communications will more than double by 2016, to more than 26,000. Terry Neumann, iDirect’s director of market strategy, talks current trends and future direction of this market with regards to HTS.
Set the current stage with regards to the adoption of VSAT broadband in maritime and where you see the biggest opportunities ahead.
Neumann: We have already seen operators in segments like cruise, offshore oil and gas, and super yachts heavily adopt the use VSAT technology. They are actively leveraging their VSAT networks to help improve ship-to-shore communications, boost business productivity and address crew welfare. Demand in these markets continues to grow as new IP applications are increasing throughput requirements every year.
Outside of these segments there is still plenty of opportunity for VSAT broadband to further permeate the maritime market. Large market segments, like industrial fishing or commercial shipping, have been slower to adopt VSAT despite the fact that they could greatly benefit from using VSAT for all the aforementioned purposes and more. To date, they have been hesitant to adopt due to a range of variables including cost and bandwidth requirements. Read More
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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