Rise of HTS in 2016: Get Ready for Seismic Shifts
By Karen Emery, Director, Product Management, Broadband Services
As the global use of smartphones continues to rise and broadband connectivity demands surge, fixed and mobile network operators are evolving their network infrastructures to ensure that they can keep up with their customers’ usage needs.
Given the complexity of today’s connectivity needs, fixed and mobile network operators are looking to satellite technology to fortify and extend their networks. Here’s how:
- Satiating Broadband Demand and Delivering a Great Experience for the End User. Consumers already have an expectation they can access any of the content and applications they want anytime, anywhere and on any device. And this insatiable demand for access will continue to expand. Intelsat Globalized Network provides the reliability and increased throughput our customers need to ensure end user demands are met.
- Supporting Consumer Applications Moving to the Cloud. Network operators don’t always have the ability to support these needs of their end users directly, but Intelsat offers a platform that enables our customers to smoothly expand the range of services they can offer – without committing scarce capex dollars to additional infrastructure. As end user requirements grow, our customers may want to focus more on their core competencies. And Intelsat will be able to ensure network operations are delivered at a consistently high level.
- Facilitating the Evolution from 2G to 4G Services. Terrestrial networks are also evolving to deliver improved speeds to end users. Our efforts to innovate in orbit and drive improvements throughout the ecosystem will enable our customers to move to 3G or even 4G today and provide a solid base for future network expansion.
- Hardening the Communications Chain. As more services – and critical data – move into the cloud, security will need to be built into every solution. Satellite has a natural advantage, as the attack vectors in a satellite network are much fewer than more easily accessed networks such as fiber or cellular. The number of entry and exit points in a satellite network is eight or nine orders-of-magnitude less than cellular. And Intelsat is the only satellite operator that has gone through independent auditing and completed a Service Organization Control 3 (SOC3) review of security controls. The architecture of the Intelsat EpicNG platform, combined with our focus on satellite network security, provides a strong basis for hardening a mobile network.
The Intelsat EpicNG platform is designed to deliver the high quality broadband experience that end users expect and to integrate seamlessly with our existing satellites and terrestrial infrastructure. Going forward, the increased throughput will be combined with innovative ground technologies to make it even more accessible, opening up new addressable markets for satellite services. Whether your customers are checking email in the most remote regions of the globe or watching a World Cup match on a mobile phone, Intelsat can make sure you not only meet existing demand, but can cost efficiently extend your network to capitalize on emerging opportunities, as well.