The key to extending internet access to billions of people around the globe is not launching a massive constellation of satellites into low Earth orbit, but creating inexpensive terminals, senior industry executives said March 9 at the Satellite 2017 conference.
Satellites service and equipment suppliers remain on high alert, watching for signs individual hackers or powerful nation states are trying to breach their network’s cybersecurity. That job is becoming increasingly complex as satellite networks become an integral part of larger terrestrial networks.
U.S. Air Force Space Command is looking to increase its partnership with industry, even preparing to bring in commercial operators to help run the Wideband Global Satcom constellation, the AFSC vice commander said March 8.
The commercial market for geostationary communications satellites shows no signs of rebound, according to Boeing executives who attribute lackluster demand to the rapid pace of innovation in the satellite market, few launch opportunities and the inability of the U.S. Export Import Bank to finance large transactions.
New satellites promise 10 or 100 times the capacity of their predecessors, but teleports can’t grow 10 or 100-fold. In fact, they need to shrink.
A little over a year after the launch of its first satellite, Belarus’ state-owned telecom satellite operator, Belintersat, says its commercial sales efforts are bearing fruit.
Japan on Tuesday launched its first military communications satellite to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence Forces as they reinforce an island chain stretching along the southern edge of the East China Sea.
The solution to making military space communications secure could be more. More satellites. More partners. More bandwidth. More everything.
Oil-and-gas telecommunications service provider RigNet says more than 90 offshore rigs it helped link to land have shut down since late 2014, with more to follow as the energy sector continues to feel the global pressure of too much production.
Mobile satellite-service provider Globalstar is still trying to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to let it convert a portion of its satellite spectrum into a terrestrial Wi-Fi network. However, the proposal was dealt another setback when Microsoft complained to the FCC last month that Globalstar’s so-called Terrestrial Lower Power Solution could create interference problems for the Xbox 360S gaming console.
Skot Butler recently replaced the plain-spoken Kay Sears, who finished her 10-year tenure at the tail end of a decline in U.S. government bandwidth spending that tracks the military’s shrinking footprint in Iraq and Afghanistan. Butler now gets a chance to come in at a trough and build, rather than manage a decline, as Sears had to do.
Satellite fleet operators Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat all say the long-awaited rebound in U.S. government (translation: mainly the U.S. Department of Defense) demand for bandwidth now looks to be underway.
SES Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh, in a May 18 op-ed column, addresses concerns about the health of the commercial satellite industry.