The ground segment has therefore become a strategic network element for both operators and service providers, NSR says.
On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, Brad Grady, independent consultant gives some updates and insight on how COVID-19 is continuing to impact in-flight connectivity (IFC ), antenna technology, the concept of free in-flight Internet, and more.
This has been a very hard year for a lot of industries, include the satellite industry. From grounded flights and shored-up cruises, bankruptcies and layoffs, COVID-19 has strongly impacted the entire satellite industry. However, while most of the market is experiencing a downturn, consolidation, and restructuring thanks to the pandemic, Earth Observation has demonstrated strong resiliency. In fact, in some cases, the market is growing.
The idea of pushing the limits by leveraging alternate technologies to achieve the lowest possible link latency is not new. This is one reason why microwave links connect the Chicago and NY stock exchanges but LEOs and VLEOs could extend such ultra-low latency capabilities to distant exchange sites.
With 5 players racing to launch their LEO/MEO fleets in SpaceX, OneWeb, SES, Amazon and Telesat, and with first 4 committing financially, the satcom world is finally acknowledging the Non-GEO shift.