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Rethinking Satellite Services: The Need For Simplicity

Thursday, September 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: SatMagazine
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Tackling the issue of simplification of the provisioning of satellite services brought these two subject-matter experts together to offer their thoughts to SatMagazine readers.

Why is buying satellite capacity today so difficult?

Bill Marks
Satellite solutions are largely inaccessible for industries that are unfamiliar with the technology. They don’t know where to buy the necessary hardware, capacity, or services—or what technology is needed for each application. Not only would they need to figure out what equipment to buy, but they would also need to learn how to purchase spectrum from a satellite operator or service provider in either megahertz or megabits per second. We want to make satellites as easy and accessible as cellphones are today, especially for new markets that are being introduced to satellites for the first time.

Mark Rasmussen

I think the better question might be, “Why hasn’t the satellite sector advanced simple access to satellite-based solutions?” The answer to this question lies in the transformative technologies that are just now coming into the mainstream: High Throughput Satellites (HTS), which in turn enable new technologies — such as electronically steerable antennas. Combined, these changes are supporting new business models that should streamline access to satellite-based broadband that is available, reliable, and cost effective.

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