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Look for the following reports and projects from WTA in the coming months.

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LEO Constellations and the Teleport

The next 18 months are critical ones for the first attempt since Iridium to loft a large-scale constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites promising 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. 

November 2019

 
   
 

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. 

December 2019

 
   
 

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. 

January 2020

 

Recent Reports

Available free to WTA members, and for purchase by non-members, from the WTA Store.

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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

 
   

High Performance: Service Continuity

Service continuity is the core deliverable to customers. Most other aspects of service can be managed, explained or finessed, but not whether the service is off instead of on, severely degraded rather than healthy. Not surprisingly, it is the issue to which teleport engineers and managers devote most of their time, energy and money.
And yet, it is always the hidden issue, the weak link left unnoticed, that threatens the continuity of service, even at well-run facilities with proper procedures in place. In 2015, WTA introduced its Teleport Certification program to help operators find the strengths and weaknesses in their facilities, technology and procedures and to receive independent, standards-based certification at one of four Tiers, from Tier 4 at the top to Tier 1. To date, WTA has certified 46 teleports operating in the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, Norway, Cyprus, Switzerland, the UAE, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Bulgaria, Colombia and Brazil.
Teleport Certification has also generated substantial data on teleport operators from its 270-question survey instrument. In this, the first of a series of reports, we focus on what that data reveals about the most common under-appreciated issues that can have an impact on service continuity, and how teleport operators can best resolve them.

February 5, 2019

 
   

Automating the Teleport

Machine learning has moved from concept to a reality at a pace far greater than was predicted a decade ago.  From thermostats that learn your habits to autonomous vehicles, the rate of innovation is staggering.  But what is the state of the art in the automation of the complex processes that take place at teleports?  Manual control of pointing, frequency, power, polarization and other satellite communications basics have given way to network management systems.  Manual playout has yielded to content management and scheduling systems.  With each innovation, teleport operators maintain or reduce headcount, improve operational quality and create competitive advantage.  What do teleport operators think about their suppliers of automated systems, both positive and negative?  What investments are providing the best returns, and what innovations are expected in the next five years that will drive further progress?

December 13, 2018

 
   
   
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