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

 

Reports/Projects
Date
 

Satellite Operator Benchmarks 2019

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

April 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.

June 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. 

June 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.

August 2019

 
   
 

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. 

September 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. 

November 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.

Report/Project
Date
 

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

 
   
 

Factoring 5G into Your Future

The 5G mobile standard is beginning to emerge from a haze of promises and possibilities into realistic requirements and technology pilots.  It is a long way still from introduction or adoption, because of the massive mobile infrastructure that must be deployed.  But the specifications are impressive: 20 Gbps per mobile cell, speeds from a minimum of 100 Mbps up to 1 Gbps, with the ability to support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer to service the Internet of Things.   It will also operate in high frequency bands, some of which are currently reserved for satellite.  The implications are profound for businesses that that now deliver major bandwidth for customer networks through a mix of satellite and fiber.  How closely is the teleport industry following the development of 5G? How might massive amounts of terrestrial wireless bandwidth impact the teleport business model?  What moves should teleport operators make now and in the future to protect their long-term success?  In this report, mobile technology experts and teleport operators share their vision of the future.
September 25, 2018 
   

Inside the Top Operators (2017)

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 2017 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.
July 24 2018 
   

Clear Skies or Stormy Weather? Cloud Services for Teleport Operators  
Teleports have always been in the business of creating and managing capacity – of networks, of transmission systems, of analog and digital processing – for shared use by their customers.  The cloud services market of shared storage, processing and applications is growing at a 15% annual rate to exceed US$200 billion at the end of 2016. As a new and important kind of capacity, cloud services are on the verge of becoming a staple of teleport operations, whether teleports provide their own cloud infrastructure, platform and services to customers, or whether they incorporate Amazon Web Services or other third-party offerings in their operations.  What cloud capabilities are customers demanding and where are the greatest growth opportunities? What are the technical, financial and operational requirements of becoming a cloud service provider?  How do teleport operators preserve and strengthen their competitive advantages when they integrate third-party clouds into their operations?

June 27 2018
   
Satellite Operator Benchmarks 2018
Eighth in the series of benchmarks studies of satellite operator commercial and operational performance.
May 17 2018
   
Sizing the Teleport Market 2018 
How large is the teleport industry in terms of facilities, companies, revenue, antennas in operation, full-time employment, and spending on satellite capacity, fiber capacity and technology? How much revenue is generated per teleport and per employee on average? Where are the hot spots for teleport operations? WTA will conduct a new market sizing study, updating information last published in 2010, to present a financial and statistical picture of the industry as it exists in 2017.
March 27 2018

Introduction to Certification (Video Tutorial)
Video tutorial on the WTA Certification program: its standards and methods, the key contributors to quality operation, and the value it provides to teleport operators.
March 26 2018

Teleport Opportunities 2018
The business environment in which teleport operators work is being turned upside by technology and market change. Their established businesses face disruption from new models of connectivity (GEO HTS, MEO and LEO), the rising domination of software over hardware, customer demands for seamless global service, and the opportunity to innovate up the value chain to meet new customer needs – if only they can bring the depth of technology knowledge and high-speed innovation required. Faced with these challenges, how are teleport operators in different market segments adapting? What market opportunities are they targeting and where are they investing their capital? What are their biggest obstacles to growth and the biggest threats to their survival? WTA will conduct an online and telephone survey of teleport executives at companies of widely varying size in different regions, serving different market segments. From that data, we will publish a portrait in numbers of the future as seen from different corners of the industry.
January 25 2018

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