A vibrant DTH and satellite communications market (CSTB 2013 - Moscow)

Tuesday 12 February 2013
A vibrant DTH and satellite communications market (CSTB 2013 - Moscow)


By Serge Van Herck, CEO Newtec

The CSTB 2013 edition that took place in Moscow, is one that will be remembered. A lot of visitors, an increasing number of exhibitors and clearly a vibrant DTH and satellite communications market. The number of satellite TV channels being broadcasted over Russia and the CIS is growing every day and DTH companies are enthusiastic about the future! Various new satellites have recently been launched and more will still be launched this year. It is clear that satellite operators are heavily investing and are bringing more Ku and C band capacity over this region of the world.

The upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games, are clearly ‘in the air’. Preparations are being made to be ready to broadcast this major sports event towards the rest of the world. Andrei Dmitiriev, who is in charge of our Moscow Newtec support office, got quite some positive feedback on his presentation on how broadcasters can prepare their networks to efficiently and reliably broadcast this valuable content. He also showed how the new DVB standards suh as the S2 Extensions and Carrier ID, will help to do that.
KA High Throughput Satellites (HTS) was another hot topic that generated quite some interest and questions of many visitors, be it broadcasters, ISPs, satellite service providers or satellite operators themselves.
The most heard questions were for sure the following:
  • Will Ka band kill C and Ku band?
  • Why would I and can I use Ka based services in Russia?
  • What about the higher rainfade and the lower signal reliability?
  • Can I access Ka band capacity as naked space segment and design my own service or am I forced to use what the satellite operator is prepackaging for me?
Those are for sure all valid questions and I presented Newtec’s view on those questions during my presentation on the second day of the show.  One answer is absolutely clear; Ka will not kill C or Ku. For many applications, especially in the broadcasting industry, C and Ku will keep an unbeatable advantage compared to KA, service reliability and large geographical coverage.
Although KA HTS services for consumers start to become available in some Western regions through various resellers of Eutelsat’s based KA-Sat HTS, the market is responding cautiously on those offers. Various important industry players like Gazprom Satellite Services (one of the largest Russian satellite operators) and Rusat (an important VSAT service provider) have made important announcements that they will be launching in the next weeks new satellite based broadband services using Ku-band transponders on the brand new Yamal 402 satellite, using Newtec’s latest VSAT technology. Both plan to provide broadband services to professional but also to the consumer market. Their main advantage is now that they can rapidly deploy all over Russia very reliable and cost effective services at transmission speeds potentially up to 20Mbps with a technology that is already serving over 100.000 consumers in Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
It will for sure be interesting to follow what happens in this vibrant Russian market!