Teleports are the
ground-based side of the global satellite network. They provide terrestrial networks with access
to satellite transponders in orbit 22,500 miles (36,200 km) above the
Accessing satellites may be what
distinguishes teleports from other communications service providers, but it is
only part of their repertoire.
Teleports are the channel by which satellite can be integrated into
complex networks involving fiber, microwave, wireless and mobile technologies
in order to expand their reach beyond the edge of the network, broadcast
one-to-many, or feed bandwidth-hungry applications. Teleport operators have become experts at
bridging "incompatible" systems and solving "impossible"
problems in content delivery or end-to-end networking. They know how to simplify the complexities of
space-based networks in order to make satellite links "just another port
on the router." They are among the
world's leading experts in adapting Internet Protocol technology for
high-latency circuits, "push" applications and other uses never
envisioned by the developers of IP. The expertise they have developed
increasingly enables teleport operators to win business that involves no
satellite at all, whether it is providing hosted mobile switching or managing
video distribution on terrestrial networks.
The commercial teleport industry had global revenues of US$19 billion in 2010, with an average compound annual growth rate of 7% since 2004. That $19 billion in transmission service revenues equaled 27% of total satellite transmission revenues worldwide.
core business of teleports has traditionally been broadcast-quality video
transmission for TV program contribution (incoming news, events and other
"feeds" from the field) and distribution (to network affiliates,
cable headends and direct to homes). From
this base, however, teleports have evolved into the providers of end-to-end
solutions to demanding B2B customers in media and entertainment, government and
military, retailing, resource extraction, financial services, publishing and a
wide range of other businesses. Today,
teleports also deliver:
and government multimedia networks carrying voice, Internet, data and video to
remote offices, ships at sea, oil wells, mines, farms and military forces on
trunking and access via satellite
and feature films to cinemas for digital projection
communications networks deployed to disaster areas for voice and Internet
files to malls and stores for display as digital signage
For more information on the teleport sector, see the Sizing the Teleport Market
report, available free to WTA members and for sale to non-members.
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