Industry Dialogue Themes 2015
How Will UltraHD Evolve for Service Providers?
UltraHD has rapidly evolved from a transmission provider’s dream to a market reality, propelled by TV manufacturers and, most recently, the decision of big media players like Netflix and DIRECTV to offer UltraHD programming. It has been a transmission provider’s dream because of the much higher bandwidth requirements, even assuming advances in compression technology. It has been a broadcaster’s headache, because it is another advance in screen resolution that benefits everybody except the content provider, who must buy another costly upgrade to the production and distribution plant with no ability to recoup the expense through higher revenues. Given these market dynamics, how will UltraHD change the technology, operations and business outlook of teleport operators and other managed service providers over the next five years?
What Impact Will the Success of HTS Have on Your Business?
The research firm NSR recently predicted that high-throughput satellite capacity “will play a critical role in unlocking new markets for the satellite industry.” It noted that most operators have jumped into Ka-Band GEO-HTS and are adding tens of gigabits every year, even before any of the proposed LEO-HTS systems move off the drawing board. For managed service providers, this is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime change to the marketplace, with disruptive impact on the positive and negative sides to established business models. What impact do you expect the accelerating success of HTS to have on your business in the next three years?
What is the Mobile Play for Teleports?
Today’s technology advances are offering satellite service customers alternatives to space communications, whether it is bonded cellular for broadcast contribution or voice and data networking over terrestrial broadband. Service providers are responding by seeking out new niches where satellite offers an enduring competitive advantage. One of the biggest is the business of things that move over the ground, across water or through the air. Ironically, the very advances that are undermining some traditional satellite applications are also creating demand for ever-greater levels of connectivity wherever people or machines travel. How can managed service providers best seize the opportunities created by connectivity demand to trucks, buses, trains, ships and airplanes?
Envisioning the Teleport of Tomorrow
The teleport business model has proven its flexibility over decades of changing markets. Once a simple uplink facility, the teleport has become a data center, an outsourced operator of complex network services, and a provider of proprietary hosted services from mobile switching to entertainment for cruise line passengers. Its facilities, technologies and the skills of its employees have morphed with the market. What are the trends and market pressures today, from market saturation to virtualization, that will shape the teleport of tomorrow? What will next generation of teleport look like?
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