Rise of HTS in 2016 to Lead to Seismic Shifts

By Karen Emery, Director, Product Management, Broadband Services

iStock_000019470150_SmallAdapting to insatiable consumer and business demands, the increasing prominence of the smartphone, the emergence of software defined networks, and concerns about security, fixed and mobile network operators are adjusting business models and upgrading technology at a rapid clip. To ensure their networks deliver high quality, reliable broadband to a variety of end user devices, operators are looking at satellite as a strategic and complementary partner rather than a competing technology.

Evolving consumer behavior and innovative technology are combining to make satellite the best means for providing new products and functionality. Here’s how:

  1. 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’s customers expect network reliability and speeds to continue to increase to meet this challenge, both in urban locales and along the network edge as they expand coverage to add additional consumers that will expect the same level of access to communications services. High throughput satellites (HTS), such as Intelsat EpicNG, deliver the combination of increased throughput with satellite’s traditional advantages of reach and ubiquity, solving this challenge for network operators.
  2. 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 recognized this trend early and began building 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 networks grow, Intelsat anticipates additional requirements coming from customers that want to expand without adding additional complexity.  Ultimately, this may lead to our customers focusing more on core competencies and their end users. This means Intelsat and our global infrastructure may play a more integral role in ensuring daily network operations.
  3. Facilitating the Evolution from 2G-4G Services. Terrestrial networks are also evolving.  Most mobile network operators have a plan to move to 4G, and some have even started implementation.  Intelsat has long been a trusted partner for mobile operators deploying 2G and 3G networks, and through lab testing and initial deployments, we have now established satellite is an effective way to deliver 4G services, as well. Our efforts to innovate in orbit and drive improvements throughout the ecosystem will make the move to 4G easier today and also provide a solid base for future network expansion.
  4. Hardening the Communications Chain. As more services – and critical data – move into the cloud, security will need to be built into every solution. In today’s communications environment, securing operators’ data and that of the end users cannot be a factor considered after the network is expanded. It must be part of the very foundation of network operations. 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 custom designed to deliver the high quality broadband experience that end users expect and integrate seamlessly with our existing satellites and terrestrial infrastructure. Already, our customers are taking advantage of the ability to leverage our satellite backbone into their networks to meet these service expectations. 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 your network delivers.

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