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Archive: July 2015 (X)

  • Despite continuing concerns about OTT threatening the future growth of Linear TV (which are for the most part unwarranted), UltraHD, with its premium nature, is being seen as a fresh way to grow DTH, Cable and IPTV businesses further worldwide.

    While 3DTV never really took off, UltraHD investment has risen to new highs, with seemingly every few weeks another DTH platform announcing its UltraHD intentions, trials, or commercial broadcast. Just last week Sky Deutschland secured more…

  • In every segment of the telecom industry, lower costs and decreasing prices led to higher market penetration, greater service uptake, and stickiness with end users and key verticals. The satellite industry has benefited from lower bandwidth pricing, especially across apps like wireless backhaul; however, these prices come with new challenges as well in terms of the ROI picture.  While users enjoy lower bandwidth pricing and perhaps more for less, some vendors may struggle with proving…

  • With the focus of the industry on HTS vs. FSS, LEO; MEO or GEO; or C- vs. Ku- vs. Ka-bands; it is sometimes easy to forget about the MSS segment of the maritime sector.  As the larger side of the maritime market in 2014, both by In-service Units and retail revenues, it is quickly becoming the ‘legacy’ part of the maritime satcom industry – not just true legacy services such as Inmarsat-B, but MSS-enabled services as a whole.  For good reason, data and the demand for data is changing…