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Flat Panel Antennas and Consumer Broadband: Yes or No

December 12, 2018

In November 2018, the FCC granted LeoSat access to the US market. LeoSat plans to launch up to 108 LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites to provide high-bandwidth, low-latency, high-security data transmissions for large commercial and government customers in the United States. OneWeb plans 882 satellites. Similarly, SpaceX has been authorized by the FCC to deploy over 4000 satellites to deliver broadband services in the US and around the world.

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3MB and Counting - Web Page Size and Performance

November 22, 2018

Here at BusinessCom Networks, one of the most frequent tasks involved in providing broadband satellite services is estimating how much bandwidth to propose. A few clients know exactly what they need, but many require some assistance estimating how much capacity they should sign up for. Our bandwidth estimates for clients have risen steadily over the last 15 years and will likely continue to do so.

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NewSpace Rockets Getting Smaller

November 8, 2018

Rocket Lab, a US company headquartered in Los Angeles, and a wholly-owned New Zealand subsidiary, seeks to offer traditional players such as NASA, along with newer companies, such as Moon Express, Spire and Planet, a launch platform designed to compete with major satellite launch providers such as SpaceX and Arianespace. How do they plan to compete? Answer: They are going small.

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The FCC and the Small Birds

November 1, 2018

November 2018 is scheduled to be a busy month for the FCC. It will be voting on at least nine space-related issues. One of these issues, seems like a no-brainer. There is a proposal on the table to allow US devices to access the new European Galileo global positioning system, to enhance the existing American GPS system.

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A NewSpace Risk Assessment

October 19, 2018

As the commercial development of space proceeds full speed ahead, we’ve examined some of the issues that will face companies such as OneWeb, Telesat and Starlink (SpaceX), as they develop and launch new LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellite constellations that are intended to compete with terrestrial broadband, and deliver services to the many in the world who remain without internet access.

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Satellite Internet Access – An Update

October 17, 2018

So many choices. ADSL, wireless, cable, fiber…. What role does satellite play in providing broadband services to enterprises? Accessing the internet over satellite is a technology and business option that has been steadily developing and maturing over the last few decades, and it continues to do so.

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Putting a Net Around Space Junk

September 27, 2018

A topic of growing interest is the “Kessler Syndrome,” the scary hypothesis that a chain reaction of events could occur in low earth orbit (LEO) as the result of collisions between various pieces of space junk above earth’s atmosphere. As one piece of debris collides with a satellite or other piece of space junk additional pieces of junk will be shed, resulting in more collisions due to more junk in a cascading disaster. Models show that the collisions may snowball out of control, destroying satellites in low earth orbit and leading to the unavailability of LEO, potentially for generations.

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Loons and Balloons

September 21, 2018

Formerly known as the Google X project, Loon LLC now an independent subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc. has been making some real progress. As discussed in February 6, 2018, “A Looney Idea?”, Loon is a HAPS or High-Altitude Platform System based on reliable weather balloon technology. The concept involves having a fleet of floating balloons that are guided by raising and lowering them to use the prevailing wind currents around our world.

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The Empower Space Alliance

September 20, 2018

NewSpace, as has been discussed, aims to further the commercialization of space, and is pushing the industry to evolve creative, cost effective business models. Advocates propose new ways to deliver space-based services using smaller, cheaper, highly capable satellite platforms. These services include imagery, communications, content delivery, civil sciences and government/military applications.

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Could the Kessler Syndrome Put an End to NewSpace?

September 19, 2018

NASA scientist, Donald J Kessler, proposed in 1978 that a chain reaction of debris exploding in space could end up making it impossible to use satellites, and ending many other space activities. Should this happen, the region above our atmosphere could become unusable for generations. The idea is that the extensive number of things we launch into low earth orbit (LEO), could create such a dense environment, that an inevitable collision could create a cascading effect, with each collision adding to the growing crescendo.

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Is US C band Capacity Packing its Bags for Mobile Land?

September 12, 2018

C band is a set of frequencies used by GEO (Geosynchronous Earth Orbit) satellites.  These stationary satellites located above the equator utilize two sets of frequencies.  3.7 – 4.2 GHz is for transmission from space to earth, and 5.925 – 6.425 GHz is used for transmission from earth to space. The FCC is evaluating proposals to use the 3.7-4.2 GHz capacity for mobile use, in addition to legacy satellite use. This range is judged to be the “spectral sweet spot” for 5G technology known as massive MIMO. Owning this spectrum provides a huge competitive advantage.

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Aerospace - Advancing Laser Communication in Space

September 5, 2018

The growth in the number of small satellites in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) is expanding quickly. Iridium, for example, recently launched ten new satellites, raising the count to 65. Their NEXT satellites will provide satellite phone and broadband communications around the world.  SpaceX is scheduled to launch as many as 70 satellites at once, from 35 different organizations, in the next few months. How will all these new satellites communicate, in some cases with each other, and with earth stations on the ground?

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HAPs in the News – Airbus Zephyr S Goes into Production

August 31, 2018

The satellite industry, sporting the moniker “NewSpace,” is poised for a major evolution, if not a revolution, in commercial space projects. New constellations comprised of hundreds or even thousands of small satellites are being staged for launch into LEO (Low Earth Orbit). Deployments for some of these will begin this year (2018) and will go on through the mid-2020’s. To be successful, the endeavor will require several things to come together.

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DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X – What Are They?

August 24, 2018

A client recently requested a quote for a 10 Mbps x 10 Mbps service. It sounds simple enough, but as has been discussed in another article about modcods (modulation and coding), there are several factors involved in quoting a broadband satellite circuit. The satellite band, beam, signal strength, the climate, the size of the antenna and power of the BUC enter into the equation, and now BusinessCom Networks is generating quotes with two options: DVB-S2/ACM and DVB-S2X/ACM. What is this all about?

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Rocketing into NewSpace

August 17, 2018

The satellite industry, sporting the moniker “NewSpace,” is poised for a major evolution, if not a revolution, in commercial space projects. New constellations comprised of hundreds or even thousands of small satellites are being staged for launch into LEO (Low Earth Orbit). Deployments for some of these will begin this year (2018) and will go on through the mid-2020’s. To be successful, the endeavor will require several things to come together.

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What’s Happening with HAPs

August 7, 2018

Recent announcements from Facebook that they are abandoning their HAPs program suggests that it might be a good time to see how HAPs are doing. There have been some HAPs success stories, and these have been shared in the press. Google’s Project Loon provided services to Puerto Rico following a large hurricane. Others such as Worldview Enterprises and Raven Aerostar have demonstrated the effectiveness of balloons for communications, remote sensing and adventure tourism applications.

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A Mining Boom for Satellite?

August 3, 2018

The fastest segment of the Oil and Gas industry is mining. This market presents an ongoing and increasing opportunity for satellite communications. Northern Sky Research (NSR) predicts that this market will grow by more than $150M between 2017 and 2027. Mining companies are seeking increasing demand for bandwidth as new technology works its way into the industry. Growing requirements include intensive data reporting, real-time images and video, not to mention the growing use of IoT (Internet of Things) sensors that are used for safety, security and monitoring.

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SSL Loads up SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches with Broadband Satellites

July 31, 2018

Space technology solutions provider, SSL a provider of advanced spacecraft systems announced the shipment of the first of three satellites to the SpaceX launch base at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The three state-of-the-art satellites will contribute significantly to broadband communications within their respective footprints.

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Record Breaking SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Telstar 19 VANTAGE

July 28, 2018

On July 21, 2018 at 1:50 AM Eastern time SpaceX launched the second of its upgraded “Block 5” Falcon 9 rockets. Telstar 19 VANTAGE, the heaviest commercial communications satellite ever built, went along for the ride and was successfully placed into orbit at 138 degrees EL.

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Finnish Investigation of New Frequencies for Broadband Satellites

July 24, 2018

With the advent of a new generation of NGSO (Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit) satellites going into design and development, new frequency bands for these satellites are also being studied. GEO satellites today, typically use C band (4 to 8 GHz), Ku band (12 to 18 GHz), and Ka band (27 to 40 GHz) to deliver services. From their position high above the equator, they deliver services to various sized regions on earth, ranging from hemisphere to region to country to state-sized spot beams. MEO and LEO satellites, operating closer to the ground, will have even smaller, tighter beams and will use higher frequencies that will need to be made available to support growing capacity demands, if these new ventures are to be successful.

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Isotropic Systems Brings Innovation to the Flat Panel Antenna Market

July 17, 2018

On March 12, 2018 at the Satellite 2018 Show at the Washington, DC Convention Center, Isotropic Systems announced that they intended to become a contender in the emerging flat panel antenna (FPA) market.

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What NEXT for Iridium?

July 10, 2018

The Iridium satellite constellation, conceived in the early 1990s, was designed to support high Earth latitudes with reliable satellite communications. Most communication satellites are in GEO (Geosynchronous Earth Orbit), over the equator.  The curvature of the earth makes providing communications at the poles nearly impossible with GEO satellites.

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Charging Up the Energy Satcom Market

July 3, 2018

According to NSR (Northern Sky Research), the satellite industry should consider taking aim on new energy markets. Historically attention has been focused on the Gas and Oil segments of the industry, where requirements are often based on remote locations. One sector that may be going unnoticed is the Electrical Utility market that is responsible for 6 out of 10 in-service units within the entire Energy satellite communications (satcom) sector. This sector is showing continued signs of growth.

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The ESA/Airbus SpaceDataHighway

June 24, 2018

Almost all satellite based broadband communication today takes place between a GEO satellite and one or more teleports or earth stations, within its footprint below. The next generation of LEO (Low Earth Orbit) constellations being developed and deployed will not be fixed in orbit, as GEO satellites are, high above the equator.  These low flying satellites must orbit the earth at a fast rate, or fall into its gravity well, and burn up. This means these satellites will pass quickly over earth stations, rather than be permanently stationed above them, raising the question of how will these satellites continue to provide uninterrupted communications between users and earth stations and teleports, if they are not permanently stationed above them.

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Delivering Business Class VoIP over iDirect Broadband

June 17, 2018

An application that continues to be of interest in broadband satellite services is VoIP (Voice over IP). While many people turn to Skype and similar voice or video applications to communicate with others on a variety of devices, standardized VoIP remains popular for those who want to make phone calls to the POTS or plain old telephone service. The POTS service, we grew up with delivers consistent, reliable, high quality communications. Businesses that rely on good telephone service need that quality to be extended to remote locations over satellite links. That is not as easy as it sounds, and it’s one reason that there is a perception among many people that satellite is not capable of supporting high quality voice communications.

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Is Inclined Orbit Satellite Right for your Business?

June 10, 2018

Most of the satellites we use for broadband communications are in GEO or Geostationary Earth Orbits.  That is, they are located some 35,786 km (22,236 miles) above the equator, and the goal is for them to stay fixed in that one spot over the same piece of the planet, right over the equator, so that fixed VSAT terminals on the ground can be pointed at the satellite and always have a solid signal.

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UN and Satellite Industry Join Together for Disaster Recovery

May 23, 2018

Satellite has long been recognized as a key player in disaster recovery scenarios. A major disaster such as a hurricane, flood or tornado, can wipe out standard means of communication. Cell phone services can go down and internet access may be unavailable due to power outages or damaged infrastructure. Satellite services can quickly be deployed to provide services for first responders and permit companies that plan ahead, to remain operational. The focus here is on humanitarian efforts.

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Satellite Pricing - A Turning Point?

May 14, 2018

A number of articles by industry analysts have commented recently that satellite capacity prices are coming down.  This can be ascribed to new HTS (High Throughput Satellites) that have increased capacity, as well as promises of new capacity in the form of NGSO (Non-Geosynchronous Orbit) satellites being prepared for deployment.

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Is Satellite Limited to Providing Backhaul for 5G Networks?

May 7, 2018

Much discussion in the telecom industry today centers on the development of 5G wireless services, and the role that satellite will play as the technology is deployed. Current projections are for a half billion 5G subscriptions by 2023. The obvious role for satellites in a 5G world, is cellular backhaul, but are there other roles? Is that the full extent of satellite contribution to 5G?

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Are Flat Panel Antennas Affordable?

Apr 30, 2018

During a recent visit to Satellite 2018 in Washington, DC, the warm basement of the Convention center opened to the main Exhibit Hall, easing the transition from the blisteringly cold wind outside. An item of particular interest this year, was FPA’s or Flat Panel Antennas. How were they coming along, what did they look like, how did they compete, and most of all – what did they cost?

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And a Grapefruit Satellite Shall Lead Them to Space

Apr 20, 2018

Who remembers the “Cold War”? In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev, in what was intended to be an insult, christened Vanguard 1, the “grapefruit satellite.” Guess what! The grapefruit sized satellite, Vanguard 1, 60 years later, still flies! What’s more – the satellite industry is preparing to follow its exploratory footsteps.

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Orbital ATK – In-Orbit Satellite Servicing Technology

Apr 10, 2018

In March of 2018, Orbital ATK announced plans for a next generation of “satellite life extension and in-space servicing products.” These are robotic systems that will bring new options for servicing and enhancing their customer’s satellites. This is an emerging market being pioneered by Orbital ATK.

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A Multi-Gateway Solution for Flexible, Hierarchical VSAT Networks

Apr 05, 2018

Most broadband satellite networks are based on a “star” or “hub and spoke” topology. There is a central hub which connects to all the remote sites that it supports. This is a simple, standard solution for basic internet access. All the remote sites connect to the central Hub, which in turn passes them to the Internet backbone. Sometimes networks are more complicated.

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Will the LEO Satellite Industry Succeed?

Mar 26, 2018

The recent news that SpaceX has launched experimental satellites following FCC approval, has taken the NewSpace industry by storm. Several satellite companies such as OneWeb, LEOSat, and Telesat LEO have been working to develop and manufacture a constellation of LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites designed to offer high speed, low latency broadband services to underserved regions of the world. Where these operators are proposing a few hundred satellites in their constellations, SpaceX is proposing to launch almost 12,000 satellites by the mid-2020s.

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C-Band in the News Again

Mar 20, 2018

In October, 2017 Intelsat and Intel put forward a proposal to the FCC designed to set up a framework that would allow MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) to leverage unused C-band capacity in the US in order to expand deployment of 5G services. This proposal would provide about 100 MHz of downlink C-band spectrum in the US.

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Panasonic Avionics Upgrades Broadband Satellite Communications Service

Mar 10, 2018

HTS satellites provide a significant improvement in throughput and capacity by leveraging “spot beams” and “frequency reuse.”  Instead of providing a large, but weaker satellite beam, HTS uses small hot beams that can deliver higher speeds to clients.  Because the beams are smaller, the same frequencies can be used again, as long as they are far enough away from each other not to cause interference.

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Tom Choi on HTS Hype and Broadband Density

Mar 5, 2018

Tom Choi recently resigned as CEO of Asia Broadcast Company (ABS). He turned ABS into a huge success as a tough competitor in the satellite industry. Choi remains on the board of ABS, but he has not abandoned the satellite industry, and remains outspoken and influential. In an article in ViaSat’s March 2018 newsmagazine, he questioned how realistic a view the satellite industry holds for its future.

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Understanding the Basics of HTS

Mar 1, 2018

Most in the satellite industry are familiar with the term HTS or (High Throughput Satellite), and more and more of them are being deployed all the time, but this technology is still unknown to many clients and customers. What is different about an HTS satellite? Why is this an important development?

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Understanding VPNs over Broadband Satellite

Feb 26, 2018

When a client sends an inquiry about broadband satellite services, BusinessCom representatives respond with a series of questions. Understanding what kind of company or organization the client is, the number of users, number of active VoIP lines, video requirements, and critical applications are essential to proposing the best solution for the client. One consideration on the list, is the question of whether the client is using a VPN or Virtual Private Network.

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A MODCOD is not a “Hip” Fish

Feb 23, 2018

“Just give me a quote,” the client demands, on the phone. “What will it cost?” It seems like a simple question, but the satellite business is a game of trade-offs. For example, why do services from different providers, each advertising the same data rates, often have very different pricing structures? Why might a service provider offer a dedicated circuit at two different prices, and what would account for the difference?

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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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