Unlike technically proven (FSS-band) LEO-HTS satcom constellations requiring communication terminals, these new initiatives aim to deliver on the promise of direct satellite-to-regular-handset communications through cellular and MSS spectrum in areas unreachable by existing cell towers. Yet, architectural facets drive a wide set of capabilities ranging from asynchronous emergency texting to continuous voice and broadband data connectivity.
The MSS/narrowband satellite connectivity market has historically offered a straightforward value proposition: connectivity absolutely anywhere, anytime, typically using L-band or other extremely reliable, albeit low-bandwidth frequency bands. Do you have a team on a mining site that you want to have connected 24/7/365, no questions asked? Or alternatively, are you managing a battalion in which.
M2M and IoT over satellite have mainly been implemented in cargo and transport applications, as well as in energy markets. However, one application (agriculture) is expected to buck the existing trend and achieve outsized returns…how can operators capture this growth, and excel in this increasingly competitive market?
Once dismissed as hype – the planning of these constellations has come a long way. Is it finally time for smallsat IoT to shine, and how should it move forward in an era of COVID-19?