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Archive: May 2011 (X)

  • IP Trunking: A Three-Way Battle

    May 30th, 2011 by Patrick French   More from this Analyst | Profile

    A recent agreement to build a submarine cable by 2012 between two Islands, (Vanuatu and Fiji) emphasizes a clear trend: remoteness of a territory is not a barrier for cable connections as long as the market is valuable. Another announcement from the ITU on the sharp decrease of fixed broadband prices (50% between 2008 and 2010) with the 10 countries in the world with the biggest relative change in price all located in Africa illustrates the effect of the many cable projects that were…

  • Recent discoveries in remote areas such as the Arctic are pushing the Oil & Gas (O&G) sector further away from terrestrial service, which drives satellite connectivity in the digital oilfield.NSR heard three distinct messages at the Global VSAT Forum’s (GVF) 4th Annual Oil and Gas Communications Europe 2011 conference in Aberdeen on 17 – 18th May. The conference offered an opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of three clear trends affecting this market: O&G industry bandwidth needs are…

  • A Trend towards Dual-Mode SCADA/M2M?

    May 16th, 2011 by Jose Del Rosario   More from this Analyst | Profile

    SCADA/M2M service providers, including those in the transportation sector, have generally provisioned offerings based on three technology camps: satellite only, terrestrial only, and dual-mode. Orbcomm and Skywave (among others) provision dual-mode services, while satellite-only and terrestrial-only providers have been mulling dual-mode prospects for some time. In comparing camps, tracking traffic and revenue streams may provide an indication of which solution is “better” and may compel…