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3 Low-Cost Cybersecurity Fixes

January 2020


New Routes to Teleport Profitability

Times of drastic change can be tough times to maintain profitability.  With established markets and processes, skillful managers can find plenty of opportunity to develop new efficiencies and trim costs.  When services, technologies and markets are in flux, it becomes much harder to estimate costs, prioritize investment and make smart personnel decisions.  Yet the same changes also bring new opportunities to replace high-cost technologies with lower-cost ones and re-engineer operations in major ways.  We talk with technologists and operators to uncover the service, technology and market changes that present the most challenge to profitability as well as those that open new routes to higher margins. 

March 2020


Finding Growth in Media Services

Since HBO, Turner and PBS put their program distribution on satellite in the 1970s, the media and entertainment business has been a major customer for satellite capacity for both distribution and contribution. Until now. On-demand streaming of video and audio content got it start in 2005. Today, it is growing at an explosive rate.
Viewing hours in the US for streaming content grew 72% from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019, according to Conviva. That growth rate itself is 50% faster than in the prior year. On a global basis, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported that subscriptions to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime surpassed cable TV for the first time in 2018.
Cable and satellite still bring in the lion’s share of subscription revenue, but cord-cutting is whittling it down year by year.
This change has had massive impact on media and entertainment companies, and on the transmission vendors that serve them. Ground-based service providers have consolidated, video fill rates for satellites have plummeted and pricing has followed. Yet there are still growth opportunities in the market for companies that have been forward-looking and agile enough to stay one step ahead of market demand. In Finding Growth in Media Markets, WTA invites their executives, and the vendors they work with, to describe the challenges they face, the opportunities they have seized, and how their companies have changed to meet the needs of the next generation of media and entertainment.

April 2020


People Are Your Biggest Cyber Risk

March 2020


New Antennas, New Opportunities

A new generation of flat panel antennas is entering commercial service, and manufacturers of more traditional antennas are responding with smaller, lighter and more nimble alternatives.  As with any new technology, they offer new advantages and disadvantages, and early adopters are exploring the trade-offs among form factor, power consumption and performance.  We interview antenna manufacturers, satellite operators and teleport operators to learn what the teleport industry can expect from the flattening of the antenna world in terms of costs, operational complexity, applications and access to new markets. 




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High Performance: Safety & Security

Safety and security are two sides of the same coin in the management of the complex technology and operations of a teleport. Good safety processes protect the health and welfare of employees operating amid the potential dangers of high voltage, microwaves and combustibles. In addition to being the right thing to do, it reduces disruption and avoidable expenses for the business.

Good security procedures protect the business from malicious actors, whether outside or inside the business, while offering another layer of protection for the people working for the company. Employees do not always appreciate the additional tasks that good security adds to their working day, but the potential for major negative impact on the business makes it worthwhile.

February 4, 2020

LEO/MEO Constellations and the Teleport

The next eighteen months are critical ones for the first attempt since Iridium to loft a large-scale constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites that promise to transform global communications. OneWeb is leader of the pack of LEO constellations seeking to deliver low-priced, low-latency connectivity everywhere and its success could have major market impacts for GEO satellite operators and teleport operators. Already, LEO operators are in serious deal-making mode with operators of ground segment to provide the gateways they need to manage and provide access to their constellations.

At a moment when most of that impact is still to come, we seek answers from LEO constellations in development, GEO operators, teleport operators and the examples of Iridium, Globalstar and Thuraya integration into the business model of teleport operators. InLEO/MEO Constellations and the Teleport, WTA investigates the history and current status of the sector through interviews with the senior executives of large and small teleport operators, technology experts and operators of LEO, MEO and GEO fleets.

January 7, 2020

How Cybercriminals Break into Your Teleport

Every discussion of cybersecurity descends, sooner or later, into a fog of words that only people who are cybersecurity experts understand. They can talk all day about cross-site scripting, SQL injection and buffer overflow vulnerabilities – and decision-makers will be none the wiser.

What’s missing is a shared understanding of – not what the bad guys are doing – but how they go about their work. When you understand how hackers work, decisions about what to defend and how best to defend it get easier. As any cybersecurity expert will tell you, the biggest risks you face come from people who have painstakingly honed the skills needed to break into your digital domain and find your valuables. How do they go about targeting your teleport and breaking through its defenses? Cybersecurity will always be complex, but it is an activity conducted by human beings, and to know them is to know the real enemy

 December 5, 2019

Teleports and Big Data

The big data revolution is big news on the ground, but how will it impact the business of connecting the highway and the skyway?  NSR estimates that the biggest markets for big data via satellite will be in transportation, government/military and oil & gas – sectors where teleport operators are deeply embedded.  Devices and connectivity are key parts of the mix, but so are applications: formatted data streams and data analytics are the end-products that customers actually need.  Success in big data requires teleport operators to evolve beyond connectivity to management of complex networks, sophisticated information processing and a deep understanding of customer requirements.  We explore the opportunities and business challenges with teleport operators, satellite operators and big data companies already serving vital niches in the sector. 

 October 30, 2019

The Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats to Teleports

For teleport operators, from global companies to those running just one facility, cyber threats are all around. Executives could once take comfort in the idea that providing satellite services was too small and obscure a niche to attract the attention of hackers, but those days are gone. Cyber criminals set automated systems to scan the internet for undefended points of entry to networks. When they find one, they get to work. In our last report, Making Cybersecurity Pay Off, we shared the story of an IT manager who set up a new web server and began receiving the first probes from Chinese hackers only 30 minutes later.

Big companies can afford robust information security teams, but midsize-to-small companies have to try covering the same ground with far fewer resources. WTA’s cybersecurity series is dedicated to them and offers guidance on making smart choices about what to defend and how.

 September 26, 2019

High Performance: Service Management

Change is a constant at teleports. It is also the enemy of quality of service, because every change to the complex chain of hardware, software and transmission capacity creates a risk of failure.

As every teleport operation has become more dependent on software to manage equipment and deliver services, the risks have only mounted. Satellite and terrestrial capacity, once relatively fixed for most applications, must increasingly be managed dynamically to deliver the most cost-effective and reliable service. Quality of service itself must be more tightly managed because the competitive pressure on operators is rising. And when problems do occur, how they are handled can make the difference between a big loss to the business and congratulations from a customer on a challenge well met.

WTA produced this report based on its complete data set on Provisional and Full Certification of teleports completed from 2016 through May 2019. Provisional Certification is based on answers to a questionnaire covering facilities, technologies and the operating procedures used to manage them and deliver service.
September 12, 2019

Inside the Top Operators (2018)

The annual Top Operator rankings are developed by surveying teleport operators in many nations on their revenues and revenue growth and supplementing the results with financial data from publicly-traded firms. The Top Operators respondents not only provided financial data for the past two complete fiscal years but also shared information on trends in markets, pricing and services during the 2018 calendar year. Inside the Top Operators reports on growth, pricing changes, the state of competition and how leading teleport operators are responding to the trends.

September 5, 2019


Satellite Operator Benchmarks 2019

Ninth in the series of benchmarks studies of satellite operator commercial and operational performance.

July 25, 2019


Optimizing VSAT Network (Sponsored by Kratos)

VSAT networks were once a standalone solution to a fundamental problem: how to connect a dozens, hundreds or thousands of locations on a unified platform delivering dependable quality of service regardless of local conditions. Today, VSAT networks operate in a different and more complex world. RF interference continues to rise – generated in no small part by poorly installed and operated VSAT terminals. What was once a closed RF network is now an integrated RF-IP network integrating seamlessly with the enterprise network, which must be managed by IT staff with little or no satellite experience. The sheer number of VSAT terminals in the network, and the huge growth in traffic, make networks harder than ever to manage without robust analytics and automation.

July 11, 2019


Making Cybersecurity Pay Off

The question for teleport executives is not “will we be attacked?” but “what will we do when we are?” Behind that question is another vital one: how do we make cybersecurity pay off? Like any other investment, you are looking for the best return on what you have to spend. In this, the first in a series of reports, WTA calls on cybersecurity experts in Europe, Asia and the United States for guidance on making smart decisions in an area where the cost of vulnerability – whatever it actually may be – is climbing every year.

June 6, 2019


Sizing the Teleport Market 2019 Edition

The 2019 edition of Sizing the Teleport Market presents the most accurate picture of market size, industry revenues, capacity spending, antenna counts and capital expenditure for the teleport industry, based on additional data developed since publication of the 2018 edition. It breaks out changes in the number of facilities, key countries where teleports cluster, and regional comparisons of revenues, capex and capacity spending. The report has become the go-to reference for decisions on investment, mergers and acquisitions and facility location.

April 18, 2019

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