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  • The Coming 4K Mobile Video Explosion

    Aug 27th, 2014 by Jose Del Rosario   More from this Analyst | Profile

    In August 2014, Lenovo, the Chinese electronics giant, announced details of its Vibe Z2 Pro smartphone for a September release. Among its many features, the new flagship offers a 16-megapixel (MP) rear camera and 4K video recording.

    Why should the satellite industry pay attention to this announcement? Basically because 4K in a mobile environment is the shape of things to come. While the satellite backhaul industry is still largely stuck in 2G or at best 2.5G mode supporting voice and SMS…

  • The recent wave of commercial airline connectivity deals is a prime example of the satellite industry moving into new markets, with a fresh path for growth.  On the contrary, the maritime market has been a long-standing core component of the satellite mobility picture.  With a time-honored history of providing communications into the middle of the oceans, what is left for satellites to connect?  Does the fishing market provide the ‘new market’ opportunities… or is it just the same old…

  • In less than a decade, a new entrant has come into the satellite operator picture, that being Avanti Communications of London, UK. Avanti is rather unique in that almost their entire fleet moving forward will consist of commercial High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payloads, with the exception of ARTEMIS, a multi-mission satellite in collaboration with ESA. The other differentiator is that their supply is almost exclusively Ka-band apart from the one beam on Hylas-1. This somewhat restricts…