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VSAT 2.0: The Next Wave of Innovation

VSAT 2.0: The Next Wave of Innovation

The satellite industry has a long and fruitful innovation record, mainly focused on one particular aspect: Maximize use of the scarce satellite spectrum resource. The high cost of satellite spectrum -relative to terrestrial bandwidth – has undoubtedly modulated the evolution of VSAT systems for the past 30 years, with developments accentuated after the introduction of […]

February 12, 2016 | By More
DTH CDN – Time to start thinking outside the (set-top) box

DTH CDN – Time to start thinking outside the (set-top) box

I recently participated at VSAT Latin America 2015 where High Throughput Satellites (HTS) was, naturally, the core discussion topic. During one of the interactive panels Mauro Wajnberg, General Manager at Telesat Brazil, raised a good point concerning the expectations that the industry may be building around the delivery of bandwidth-hungry OTT video (i.e. Netflix) over […]

September 3, 2015 | By More
Apple OTT: The rumor with more lives than a cat

Apple OTT: The rumor with more lives than a cat

Call it the rumor that wouldn’t – or couldn’t – die: Apple is planning its own virtual MSO. Re/code is reporting that unnamed “industry executives” claim Apple has been in early discussions with content owners about launching a subscription video service. There’s no other detail available, aside from a disclaimer that the talks appear to […]

February 6, 2015 | By More
A Look at the LATAM Satellite Market and What to Expect Next

A Look at the LATAM Satellite Market and What to Expect Next

Latin America was marked by a number of events and trends in 2014, which hint at gradual shifts for the satellite services ecosystem; and offer more visibility as to what to expect in 2015 and beyond. For starters, 2014 could be considered a pivotal year for satellite broadcasting as a result of the first transmission […]

November 28, 2014 | By More
Hybrid Broadband Services: HTS + 3G & 4G = Sustainability?

Hybrid Broadband Services: HTS + 3G & 4G = Sustainability?

“Caesar caesaris, deus dei” When it comes to broadband services, mobile network operators (MNOs) have an indisputable dominance over the market. When addressing MNOs, the new HTS players seem to exclusively focus on backhaul solutions. It seems that a deeper collaboration with MNOs is avoided, as if it could result in the reassessment by the […]

September 29, 2014 | By More
A War of HTS Ecosystems on the Horizon?

A War of HTS Ecosystems on the Horizon?

For a long time, the satellite communication (satcom) industry has enjoyed a rather stable distribution structure, with clear demarcation points among key stakeholders in the value chain. Recent trends, however seem to point to a different future environment. As differentiated high-throughput satellite (HTS) platforms become pervasive across all regions, focus will shift from spectral efficiency […]

September 17, 2014 | By More