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Archive: March 2016 (X)

  • Polar markets have traditionally been an afterthought of a region for broadband access. With residents having to “make do” with dial-up Internet access, low-speed L-band network connectivity at speeds that don’t meet most definitions of ‘broadband’, or high priced Ku-band connectivity, assuming that VSATs even have a view of GEO satellites.

    For the not so insignificant populations that live above the Arctic Circle at 65 degrees north, capacity has been relatively constrained, such that…

  • NSR’s recently released Satellite Capacity Pricing Index, Q1 2016 Edition, (SCPI) published in February 2016, utilizes real world operator rate card pricing inputs to understand the current pricing paradigm. Up to this point, we heard from some that the sky is falling in the industry, with bandwidth costs declining by at least 60% worldwide, while others have claimed to maintain the status quo. NSR’s SCPI finds that the truth is somewhere in-between, with some regions and applications…

  • With huge capital expenses for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) infrastructure and services made by satellite operators, industry focus now shifts to maximizing the returns on these investments. ¬†As 24/7 connectivity becomes a necessity rather than a luxury, the need for lightweight, low-cost, and high performance satellite terminals has driven the evolution of ground segment equipment, for which flat panel antennas (FPAs) have emerged as the most popular innovation in recent years.

    The…