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Archive: January 2016 (X)
As NSR has previously noted, M2M/IoT remains primarily a narrowband communication medium, typically used for meter readings and other small packet data applications. However, these are by no means the only use cases, with many bandwidth heavy new applications and services for M2M/IoT under development. As such, M2M/IoT units are already starting to move away from L-band to Ku-band in some limited niche markets, with HTS M2M/IoT usage expected even further down the track.
The key metric for satellite operators has traditionally been fill rates. Fill rates are an accurate measure of success for widebeam FSS satellites in which video is the major application as video is constantly beamed and hence fill rates equate to utilization. An added benefit is that contracts are long term leading to relatively stable transponder prices.
However, HTS systems focus on serving data traffic, and broadband demand is concentrated in peak hours, making fill rates a poor…
The Polar Regions – Arctic and Antarctic – have all the ingredients for a great satellite market—widespread population, limited terrestrial infrastructure and challenging geography. However, due to limited coverage and comparably high pricing, combined with limited population, the region has remained a niche market.
With new HTS launches expected, including LEO-HTS constellations and even HEO constellations being considered, the Polar communications landscape is about to change quickly,…