The trend of closed architecture networks and geographically spread gateways pose significant challenges to VSAT players. In an exclusive SatellitePro interview, industry expert Serge Van Herck talks about how VSAT service providers can transform threats into real business opportunities.
When the first Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) were launches a few years ago in the United States, the promise of higher transmission capacity and lower costs was an attractive prospect celebrated by many industry players. However, after several years, it turned our that what was initially a cause for celebration had an adverse effect on satellite communications industry, particularly its VSAT value chain.
"HTS has been seen by many VSAT service providers as a threat, but I think they have to start looking at it in a different way. With more and more satellite operators launching open HTS network solutions in the next years, it is becoming a real business opportunity", says Serge Van Herck, CEO at Newtec.