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Author: Blaine Curcio (X)

  • The phrase high throughput satellite can at times understate the extent to which HTS technology is indeed a great leap forward for satcom. Traditional FSS widebeam satellites have tended to see a capacity of around 20-50x 36 MHz transponder equivalents (TPEs), which equates to between ~1 and ~5 Gbps of capacity. High throughput satellites, on the other hand, oftentimes see capacity exceeding 30-40 Gbps, and in some instances capacity of over 100 Gbps.

    Clearly, if all capacity is created…

  • The polar regions have for good reason historically attracted a very small amount of investment from satellite operators and service providers. As NSR examines in its Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition (PSM2), the majority of capacity over the Polar regions has generally been spillover capacity from other markets, namely North America, Western Europe, and Russia (as well as a very small amount of Antarctic capacity from Australia/Southern Cone beams). Moving forward, it appears that…

  • Asian Satellite Market Update

    May 17th, 2017 by Blaine Curcio   More from this Analyst | Profile

    This week saw the successful launch of the fourth Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite. This launch was noteworthy because the company, by virtue of successfully launching the first three, has already achieved global HTS coverage. The coverage of the fourth—planned to address areas of high demand—has been a topic of much speculation over the past year or more, with Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce

    noting last week that the satellite could potentially see its mission changed during its in-orbit…