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Teleports in a Gigabit World

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Teleports in a Gigabit World, explores the continuing evolution of the Ka-band market and how the technology race for gigabit throughput in C- and Ku-band are most likely to affect service providers. Based on interviews with senior executives of teleport, satellite and media companies, the report examines threats and potential opportunities and offers advice on what service providers can do today to defend against the downside as well as seize the upside.

Robert Bell discusses the new report.

High throughput satellite (HTS), a term coined in 2007 by research firm NSR, has pretty much been synonymous with the Ka-band of frequencies. Innovation, however, now allows for employing the frequency re-use and architecture of the Ka-band birds in a mix of frequencies and is resulting in taking the high throughput satellite to the mainstream market.

According to the report, there’s a lot of interest in higher data rates for applications that were once perceived to be impossible. The opportunities, according to respondents, extend across all of the proven markets for satellite services including media, government and mobile/remote. The report also lays out a number of steps providers can do to position their companies for the future:
  • Bet on Change. In both the short and long terms, HTS will create winners and losers in the market, and service providers need to think through what it takes to be on the winning side.
  • Prepare to Sell New Applications to New Customers. If the prophets of HTS revolution are correct, the satellite services business may well see its best growth opportunities in completely new lines of business. That is a major challenge to any company. You will need to stay alert to opportunities that might have seemed absurd in the past. They may still be absurd now, but they might just be a door opening to a new market.
  • Prepare to Compete with New Players. As HTS continues to evolve, satellite service providers are likely to compete with companies they have never faced before. Succeeding in these markets may require teleport operators to do something they have typically shied away from: investing in their own proprietary solutions. And creating your own technology solutions may require very different skills in business analysis, planning and operations.

Download the report's table of contents and introduction to learn more. (PDF)

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