How will HTS change the satellite ecosystem in Latin America? This question will be a key focus of this year’s VSAT Latin America conference. The industry is going through a period of change and there is much uncertainty about how HTS technology will impact satellite operators and service providers alike.
We caught up with one of our expert speakers Mauro Wajnberg, the General Manager of Telesat Brasil to discuss how Telesat’s HTS offering will deliver new capabilities to their VSAT customers…
Telesat is launching VANTAGE satellites (Telstar 12V and Telstar 19V) – what functionalities will these satellites offer?
Telstar 12 VANTAGE was launched November 24, 2015 to 15 degrees West. Telstar 19 VANTAGE is scheduled for launch in the first half of 2018 to 63 degrees West, a prime orbital slot for coverage of the Americas.
Leading satellite providers are choosing Telesat VANTAGE satellites to serve today’s bandwidth intensive applications. With Telesat VANTAGE satellites, customers in enterprise, mobility and government markets can maximize throughput and spectral efficiency while optimizing network performance by combining broad regional beams with powerful HTS spot beams.
How do you think HTS Satellite will change the industry?
The core focus of HTS is to enable the industry’s telecom and data networking customers – mainly those in enterprise, government, broadband and mobility markets – to make greater use of satellite technology given the ability of HTS to deliver higher data speeds and lower costs. HTS is really about expanding the market for satellite communications by delivering significant performance gains in data networking. If HTS succeeds as expected, it will lead to far greater growth in satellite usage compared to opportunities presented by today’s traditional satellites.
How will this new HTS capacity be used?
HTS capacity will be used for a wide portfolio of applications, serving both corporate and consumer markets. Enterprise services, such as networks for corporate and government customers, along with cellular backhaul and trunking for telcos, are already a main source of HTS demand and Telesat’s new T19 VANTAGE HTS capacity will be a great solution for these needs. Another high growth HTS market is mobility services. Telesat recently sold to Panasonic a large portion of the HTS Ku-band capacity on Telstar 12 VANTAGE to expand Panasonic’s mobile broadband offerings for aero customers and to serve growing maritime markets in the Mediterranean and European waterways as well as oil and gas operators in the North Sea.
Consumer broadband is where most analysts expect the majority of HTS capacity will be used the next five years. For example, Telesat recently announced selling the HTS Ka-band payload on Telstar 19 VANTAGE to Hughes Network Systems mainly to serve consumer and other broadband customers across South America.
What new markets do you think the satellite industry should start to work in?
The satellite industry today covers a broad range of markets including communications, earth observation, navigation, science and meteorology, R&D and government. It is hard to see a significant new market opportunity that the industry is not focusing on. There is excitement today about the Internet of Things (IoT). The thinking is that even if the satellite industry captures 1% of the six billion devices expected to be connected the next five years, that’s still 60 million satellite access points. The size of the IoT opportunity for satellite is not clear, especially in terms of space segment demand. The connected car is another potential driver of the satellite industry demand but much of this is still undefined. I do think the satellite communications industry is heading in the right direction by expanding capacity through HTS – both GEO and other orbits such as LEO.
How do you think the satellite industry needs to innovate further?
The industry has to continue to focus on reducing the cost per bit. Significant steps are being made with the adoption of new architectures such as HTS and LEO. In the case of Telesat, GEO satellites like Telstar VANTAGE that offer high throughput capabilities will remain core to Telesat’s mission but we believe it is worthwhile to look beyond GEO to expand markets and make satellite more competitive. This is the reasoning behind Telesat’s recent announcement to procure two prototype satellites supporting the development of a low earth orbit/LEO system. Telesat’s LEO system will make use of a unique and innovative architecture with extremely high capacity that provides 100% global coverage and connectivity, is well suited to mobile platforms, is highly distributed, highly secure and offers extremely low latency.
Mauro will be speaking on the 21st of June at the VSAT Latin America Conference in Sao Paulo. He will join the “How will HTS change the satellite ecosystem?” panel discussion
11:30 Panel Discussion: How will HTS change the satellite ecosystem?
– Analysing the new HTS opportunities for satellite providers and operators
– Standardisation challenges associated with HTS
– Lack of flexibility associated with HTS capacity distribution
– How can VSAT operators adopt their business models to accommodate HTS?
– The impact of HTS on traditional VSAT networks
– Spectrum challenges
He recognised the importance of joining the VSAT Latin America show:
“VSAT LATAM will bring top suppliers and purchasers of the satcom industry to Sao Paulo in a concentrated, two-day event that provides unmatched opportunities for learning and networking. It is an ideal forum for those looking to understand new technology trends like HTS or low earth orbit constellations, and to gain an understanding of how today’s satellite services are reshaping communications and driving economic growth across Latin America”