Event: CSTB 2014
Speaker: Serge Van Herck, CEO
Topic: Maximizing the Benefits of the HTS Revolution
The inherent network designs of High Throughput Satellites, using spot beams served by geographically spread gateways, means VSAT providers can no longer use their teleport infrastructure or lease space segments. This has led to a shift in the value chain where companies which used to be solely technology providers have also become service providers and satellite operators, therefore providing a service to their own resellers and end users and leaving little room for more traditional businesses.
There is however hope and great potential for the traditional players in the industry, despite this shift. The key to VSAT Service providers taking full advantage of the future of HTS satellite capabilities is to differentiate services, taking VSAT service providers back to the option of buying megahertz bandwidth from HTS satellite operators.
This is beginning to happen more and more, such as with Avanti’s Hylas satellites. An additional HTS boost for VSAT service providers will come from Intelsat’s upcoming EPIC satellite platform. It is based on open architecture and engineered for backwards compatibility, allowing broadband, media, mobility and government organizations to realize the cost-efficiency of using existing hardware. At the same time, increased control means these organizations can build on their success by offering their end-users customized, differentiated solutions — even defining such service characteristics as speed, hardware and network topology.
Serge Van Herck, Newtec’s CEO, involved in the HTS value chain on four continents gives his expert insight in this presentation on how to make the most of this new opportunity.