New types of direct access satellite
systems will be making a bid to play more significant roles in the next
decade, according to Satellite Communications 2001, a new research report by
the International Engineering Consortium.
Through a systematic Delphi survey
with support from the Glenn Research Center of NASA, this report projects the
key market developments for satellites during the next five to 10 years.

Respondents included a broad range of individuals drawn from industry,
academic, and regulatory bodies, as well as satellite communications and
telecommunications professionals from the U.S. and around the world.

The report also examines the relative market growth of fixed satellite
services, mobile satellite services, direct broadcast satellite (DBS)
services, and the new consumer-oriented high-data-rate multimedia satellite
systems on the basis of space-segment technology, ground-segment developments,
service range, and flexibility costs.
This includes contrasting and comparing
the various satellite services against one another and against the overall
telecommunications industry.

Longer-term developments of satellite communications technology and
applications, particularly with regard to the impact of the new stratospheric
platforms, advanced modem and multiplexing technologies, the convergence of
satellite communications, navigation and space imaging, and new advanced
applications are also projected.

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton, an internationally respected authority on
telecommunications and satellite systems, and the author of 16 books, is the
Principal Investigator behind the IEC’s Satellite Communications 2001.
Pelton discusses the extent to which new satellite systems and technologies
will affect the deployment of the national information infrastructure (NII)
and the global information infrastructure (GII).
He also addresses the
following key questions and more:

— What are the market forces currently driving the satellite industry?

— How will satellites be deployed to meet the needs of the global
telecommunications market?

— What challenges and barriers are confronting the satellite industry at

— What is the satellite industry’s main quality-of-service (QoS) concern,
and how can it be overcome?

— When might there be a global ring of satellites connected via
inter-satellite links (ISLs)?

— Why, when, and where are regulatory, institutional, and standards
changes and reforms expected to occur?

— What are the projected satellite revenues for the United Sates and the
rest of the world?

According to Dr. Pelton, “There is approximately a decade-long window of
opportunity for direct-to-the-consumer (DTTC) satellite services to grow to a
global scale and become a player along with fiber-optic cable and wireless
communication systems in a hybrid or merged information market.”

For full information or to purchase a copy of Satellite Communications
2001: The Transition to Mass-Consumer Markets, Technologies, and Systems,
contact Tom Nguyen at the International Engineering Consortium at 312-559-4636

The International Engineering Consortium is a non-profit,
university-industry organization that catalyzes positive change in the
information industry and its university communities. Toward this end, the
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