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O3b MEO Fleet Still Growing

Feb 19, 2018

One of the earliest companies to get involved in “NewSpace” was O3b Networks, Ltd. The name O3b refers to the “Other 3 Billion,” or the population of the world where broadband internet services are not generally available. And it continues its mission, launching new satellites this year.

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iDirect’s Evolution® Multi-Carrier Mesh Solution

Feb 16, 2018

Most satellite networks are based on a star, or hub and spoke architecture, in which all the remote sites connect back to a central hub that is responsible for allocating bandwidth and managing, aggregating and routing traffic. What happens when a remote site in City A wants to have a VoIP (Voice over IP) call with another remote site in City B?

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What is Rain Fade?

Feb 14, 2018

Several frequencies are used to carry satellite transmissions. The most popular today are C-band and Ku-band, with Ka-band deployments increasing rapidly. At the higher operating frequencies of Ku and Ka-band, the satellite signal strength may be affected by heavy rain conditions. C-band is mostly immune to poor weather conditions.

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Satellite and 5G – Should We Care?

Feb 12, 2018

While the satellite industry is all abuzz with “NewSpace,” down here on earth, the buzz is “5G.” Is there a relationship between the two? Should there be? When it comes to the “wish list” for the digital revolution, the market is demanding that services be unlimited, with super-fast speeds - all the time. Services should be available everywhere, indoors or out; they should be reliable and consistent, and switching between them should be seamless. This is clearly not our current reality.

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Riding V-Band to Victory

Feb 9, 2018

The name of the game in the communications industry today is “spectrum availability.” Networks are expanding at ever-increasing rates, demanding more and more bandwidth. Making RF (Radio Frequency) spectrum available for terrestrial and satellite communications providers is, therefore, of growing interest.

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A Looney Idea?

Feb 6, 2018

In late September 2017, Hurricane Maria barreled through the Caribbean devastating the US territory of Puerto Rico and its 3.4 million residents. Vast sections of the island were left without electricity or cellphone service and internet access. In an effort to restore services, Google’s parent company Alphabet, Inc. deployed its stratospheric balloons to Puerto Rico, where internet access and cellphone services were made available to some 100,000 users, according to reports.

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GOLD to Hitch a Ride with SES-14

Jan 24, 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, SES, a world leading satellite operator, will be launching a new satellite SES-14 to replace NSS-806 at 47.5° west, providing new capacity over the Americas and North Atlantic Region. SES-14, based on the Eurostar-3000 platform manufactured by EADS Astrium, will bring additional Ku band capacity to service growing Direct-to-Home and Direct-to-Cable services.

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Military Satellite Procurement Under Review

Jan 15, 2018

Military organizations in many countries are big users of commercial satellite services, and in the past, they have been challenged to find enough capacity to serve their growing bandwidth needs using their own satellites, so they have been seeking capacity on commercial satellites. 

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Reviewing the Rules in Space

Jan 12, 2018

The nature of the space industry is changing rapidly.  In the past, things were pretty static. A typical launch consisted of one satellite per launch vehicle, both generally owned by a single agency. That model is changing with the advent of “NewSpace.” 

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Communications Satellites - How Did It All Get Started?

Jan 9, 2018

In a fast-paced world of emails, texts, image sharing, web surfing, videoconferencing, business applications, entertainment applications, and the IoT (Internet of Things), perhaps it is worth taking a moment to recall what helped make all that possible.  It’s such an integrated and indispensable part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine a time when such things did not exist.

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Cross-Breeding Drones and Satellites?

Jan 5, 2018

Among idyllic locations to live and work, being nestled among the mountains comes to mind; but suppose there are no terrestrial internet services available, what are the options? The natural solution is to turn to satellite for connectivity, but in a mountain valley, there may be no clear line-of-sight to any satellites that can provide service. What then?

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MNO and Satellite – Competitors, Collaborators, or Both?

Jan 2, 2018

Among the challenges considered to be facing the satellite industry, is competition with mobile network operators (MNO), but how significant is that state of competition? How much do mobile operators compete with satellite for subscribers? Is there perhaps more room for cooperation and mutual benefit?

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Transition time for the Satellite Industry?

Dec 28, 2017

Ask anyone in the broadband/telecommunications business, and they are likely to consider satellite as the option of last resort, to be used when there are no other options available. Is it possible that the telecommunications industry is taking a second look at satellite based broadband?

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NewSpace: Priming the technology pump?

Dec 27, 2017

While it’s expensive to launch satellites, the downside to such long lived platforms is stagnant technology, and lack of motivation to innovate. Times are changing, however. A new buzzword in the industry is “NewSpace,” an umbrella term that applies to a philosophy of private spaceflight, a movement that encompasses globally emerging, highly visible space entrepreneurs who want to commercialize space. Some have seen this as a contest between “NewSpace” and “OldSpace,” but perhaps there is more to it.

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Preparing for Connectivity Transformation in the Satellite Industry

Dec 20, 2017

The satellite industry is undergoing a transformation in a number of ways, one of the most notable of which, is the increase in capacity. It is estimated that by 2025 the industry will have 10 times as much capacity as it has now, helping to put the economics of satellite on a par with terrestrial and wireless networks. This article will take a look at this ongoing transformation.

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So you want to be a WISP

Dec 18, 2017

The World Bank says “Access to cheap and reliable communication – especially mobile telephony and internet – is a self-reinforcing enabler for creation of wealth and higher standard of living.” You want to get involved. You want to connect the underserved to the global community. What are the basics in setting up a WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider)?

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Satellite Operator Prepares for Disaster

Dec 11, 2017

When you are a large satellite operator, you have a lot of people depending on you. Satellite service is historically very reliable, and maintaining this reliability means being prepared for the worst.

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LEO Caution from Russia

Dec 7, 2017

Celebrating a 50 year anniversary, one of the first satellite companies in the industry, the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC), is expressing some doubts and concerns about how successful the new LEO (Low Earth Orbit) constellations will be.

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FindMy IoT

Dec 4, 2017

What does a solution designed to prevent trains from crashing into reindeer in Norway, have to with minimizing environmental changes for mining companies? Answer: Both are IoT or Internet of Things applications. They are examples of how companies are using the internet to solve a variety of problems, and using different satellite solutions to do so.

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Designing Broadband Internet Services at BusinessCom Networks

Nov 30, 2017

Many clients come to us with no real idea about how much bandwidth, or what kind of bandwidth, that they need for their application. We normally begin by asking a series of questions...

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AsiaSat 9 Open for Business

Nov 27, 2017

AsiaSat 9 was launched without incident from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where it will replace AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East Longitude. The satellite successfully arrived at its planned location on October 9, 2017, where it commenced transmission, replacing AsiaSat 4 after 14 years of service. 

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New Zealand Defense Force Turns to GATR

Nov 20, 2017

Cubic Corporation, a US company that provides diversified services and systems to global transportation and defense markets, announced that its subsidiary GATR has been selected by the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) to provide $5 million of satellite communications (Satcom) solutions. GATR manufactures inflatable satellite antennas. For this project, they will provide their flagship 2.4m antenna, along with supporting hardware and spares for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program.

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Flat Panel Antennas – State of the Art

Nov 15, 2017

Interest in flat panel antennas is growing, as new products begin to be deployed or come closer to the market. Flat panel antennas (FPA) are of increasing importance as the demand for Communication on the Move (COTM) continues to grow. Even automobiles (link to connected car article?) are connecting to the internet, while cruising across the country. With the rapid pace of development there is some amount of confusion over the competing technologies being used to develop the new products. We will take a look here at the technology and a couple of the vendors driving it.

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Connecting Cars to the Internet

Nov 9, 2017

Imagine you are working downtown, and you normally take public transportation to work, but on this particular afternoon, you need to drive to the outside of the city to meet with an important client. You pull out your smartphone, locate a vehicle near you, make a reservation, and find the vehicle with a map on your smartphone. You unlock and start the car using your smartphone, and head out for your appointment.

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Lasers for Long Distance Communications

Nov 6, 2017

A new spacecraft is to be launched in 2022 as part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which supports a series of lower cost, specifically focused missions to explore the solar system. This spacecraft will be going to 16 Psyche, an asteroid composed of metal, which is about three times as far away from the sun than is the Earth. On board this spacecraft will be a new communications system the Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) system.

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Researching the Boundary of Space

Nov 2, 2017

NASA wants to understand this region to a much greater extent, and on Dec 8, 2017, they plan to launch the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON), to learn more about this critical region of growing importance.

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DVB-S2X Demonstrated over HTS

Oct 30, 2017

Advantech Wireless has announced a successful demonstration using DVB-S2X , running on its ASAT-II Hub and Terminal system, over Intelsat’s 29e EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam covering Santiago, Chile in the southern hemisphere.

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What’s all the Fuss About C-Band?

Oct 27, 2017

In response to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) request for proposals to address how the satellite industry and mobile networks can coexist, Intelsat and Intel have submitted a proposal that has created something of an uproar. Intelsat, which has vast holdings in C-band satellites has been a strong supporter of the protection of C-band for satellite operations.

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Europe’s All-Electric Telecom Satellite

Oct 24, 2017

On June 2 of this year, EUTELSAT 172B was launched. Four months later, the satellite has reached its working orbit. This is a rather long time between launch and operational orbit. Why did it take so long to get there, and was it worth it?

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Designing the Ground Infrastructure Platform for HTS

Oct 23, 2017

Representing a great opportunity for our industry, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) offer a higher capacity in the sky than was previously available.  Instead of a wide beam that covers a large geographic area, HTS splits this into multiple “spot beams” that together cover a particular region.  Think of country beams instead of continental beams.

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Another Asia America Gateway Undersea Cable Cut

Oct 18, 2017

In late August, the Asia America Gateway, comprised of three internet cable systems connecting Vietnam to the internet backbone were cut.  It seems that two tropical storms in the region are being held responsible for the failures.  According to “The Star” in Malaysia, two typhoons in late August, Hato, leaving three dead in its wake, and Pakhar, which also ravaged the region a few days later, contributed to the failures.

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Choosing the Best Options in Satellite Internet

May 21, 2015

The telecommunications world is exploding. Tech and transportation giants such as Google, Facebook, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are all positioning themselves to be in the thick of satellite Internet delivery services in both the short and long term. This means customers will soon have more choices than ever before.

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The Benefits of Satellite Internet for Yachts

May 20, 2015

Costing their owners tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars, superyachts allow owners to literally take their world with them as they travel the seas. Part of that world they carry with them is Internet access. Even those who enjoy the luxury of a yacht want to remain tethered to the Internet and the world they left onshore.

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Satellite Internet For Enterprises

May 14, 2015

BusinessCom is proud to deliver state of the art satellite connectivity solution that is designed from the ground up to suit Enterprise, Government and Military environments. BusinessCom Enterprise Services combine innovative technology and intelligent routing of IP data to support voice, data and video virtually anywhere on Earth.

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Professional Broadband Satellite Internet Solutions Worldwide

May 13, 2015

BusinessCom Networks delivers a wide range of integrated broadband satellite solutions across the globe. Our core mission is to supply satellite broadband Internet access, integrated business network solutions and turn-key projects to our customers.

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How Satellite Internet Works

May 13, 2015

A communications satellite is a satellite located in space for the purposes of telecommunications. There are three altitude classifications for satellite orbits...

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Satellite Internet Frequency

May 13, 2015

There are four radio frequency bands that communication and military satellites operate within...

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Benefits of Satellite Internet

May 13, 2015

People need access to enterprise-class, high-speed voice, video and data applications wherever they happen to be. Satellite connectivity has the power to drive communications advances across a broad range of industries and geographies.

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High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Internet

May 13, 2015

HTS, as the name suggests, offers many times the throughput of the traditional Fixed Satellite Service(FSS) using the same amount of allocated orbit space. This is accomplished by taking advantage of frequency reuse and spot beams. By doing so, the cost per bit delivered is reduced, regardless of spectrum choice.

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A Complete Guide To Ka-band Satellite Internet

Apr 27, 2015

In the world of satellite broadband Internet, Ka-band technology is expanding its footprint in North America as well as the Middle East, Africa and Asia. At the core of the migration to Ka-band is the additional capacity available on Ka-band satellites versus the existing Ku-band satellites. As businesses and governmental agencies continue to rely on media-rich applications, the appetite for more and more bandwidth is increasing. Streaming video, VoIP calls and web browsing are increasingly becoming part of the standard business profile.

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Five Reasons For Businesses To Use Satellite Internet

Apr 26, 2015

We are living in the digital age when all commerce moves at the speed of light across the Internet. Industries as varied as automotive to digital books now rely on the Internet to make sales and serve customers. Because of that reality, something called Business Continuity (BC) has emerged as a vital priority for business and industry in the 21st Century...

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Satellite Internet Pros And Cons

Apr 20, 2015

Satellite Internet is not for everyone. For those living in urban areas across the globe with access to broadband connections via Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), cable (DCIS), fiber networks (FTTX) or wireless and mobile networks (Wi-fi, WiMAX), there is no reason to look at satellite Internet delivery as a primary system. But those who enjoy Internet connections via these methods represent only one-third of the world’s population. The other two-thirds of Earth’s population is outside of the Internet bubble and consequently shut off from much of the human revolution in business, culture and politics that is built on the almost instantaneous transfer of information in the societies of the world. And that’s where satellite Internet comes in.

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What Is Satellite Internet?

Mar 24, 2015

Broadband satellite Internet services are providing Internet access in parts of the world long under served by traditional Internet providers. While most of the broadband connections in the world come from Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), cable (DCIS), fiber networks (FTTX) or wireless and mobile networks (Wi-Fi, WiMAX), the extensive infrastructure investment required for those services is a barrier in many parts of the world.

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How Good Is Satellite Internet?

Mar 24, 2015

High above us in the celestial skies, another space race is playing itself out. This time however, the competition is not for reaching Earth’s moon but for bringing high-speed Internet to billions of people back on Earth. The market for these services is staggering. In the last 15 years, the number of Internetusers in the world grew from 360 million to more than three billion with 42 percent of the world’s 7.1 billion people now online.

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VSAT – Connecting the World from the Sky

Mar 23, 2015

As Internet becomes a greater part of the fabric of everyday life for people on our planet, more options for getting broadband Internet service have emerged for those in remote areas. Broadband Internet users can use any of the following methods to gain access to a rapidly changing world of information, entertainment and research...

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Advanced VSAT Technology For High Stakes Industries

Dec 15, 2014

Oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) is a high stakes industry. There are multiple demands such as safety, security, exploring new areas for oil and increasing visibility between the rig and headquarters, all while keeping operational costs in check. Therefore, rig operators are constantly being pressured to make faster decisions and run operations more efficiently...

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