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Archive: September 2015 (X)

  • Fading Relevance of Fill Rates

    Fill Rates have been a tried and tested metric in the widebeam satellite world; a look at fill rate and EBITDA margins reflects the financial health of a satellite operator. Yet, this performance indicator falls short when it comes to High Throughput Satellites and is of almost no meaning in the Non-GEO HTS world of the future. Firstly, spot beam architectures carry an inherent inefficiency in terms of total vs. usable bandwidth. Most HTS operators are…

  • The successful launch of Inmarsat’s 3rd Global Xpress satellite signals the beginning of a new era for in-flight connectivity, characterized by a step up in satellite capacity supply and the advent of global coverage at speeds not before seen.  However, will this mean that airlines as well as all players along the value-chain finally reap the benefits that improved technologies bring to the market?  Unfortunately, missing elements along the IFC value chain don’t permit a resounding…

  • With hundreds of satellites planned in the next few years, the Earth Observation (EO) industry will enter a transition phase to lower data prices and a potential oversupply of imagery.  A key consequences is that value-added-services (VAS), which includes processing and applications that transform raw data into information, is exposed to further shrinkage with the attraction for operators to move further down the EO industry value chain.   VAS will not disappear, but where will it go?…