PTC: Ka-Band, O3B and Three C's

Friday 1 February 2013
PTC: Ka-Band, O3B and Three C's


by Anver Anderson, Newtec VP Asia

PTC In a Nutshell

Once a year, The Pacific Telecom Council (PTC) gathers its members together to discuss the issues of the day. Rather agreeably they do that at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.  Although, it’s an extremely nice venue, it is one of the busiest networking shows in the region and delegates use their time – away from the beach – and get to the nitty gritty of dealing in telecoms networks.

With around 1,500 registered delegates – and any number of other visitors who don’t actually attend the sessions – the place is buzzing with telecom experts, consultants and service providers. Two of Newtec’s very active Service Integrators, Pactel International and Speedcast were both actively pursuing remote delivery of IP trunking and telecom networks. In addition, Hawaii Teleports house a large number of Newtec equipment, which has been placed by several of the Pacific Island telecommunications links.

What’s Hot: Ka-band and O3B

There were several hot topics:

Firstly, that of Ka-band. With the potential for quite some capacity across the region being made available in the coming years – and what might be done with it. The perennial question was that of rain-fade at Ka-Band frequencies. This afforded Newtec the opportunity to expound the virtues of FlexACM® which can be utilized to best defend against the problem - and to further describe all those other elements we have been working on over the last few years: Bandwidth Cancellation, Clean Channel Technology (CCT), Cross Layer Optimization, DVB-S2 Extensions, Wideband Demodulation, Automated Equalink and the coming RF Carrier ID.

All of these elements caught the imagination of the telecom operators and service providers alike! The 90 minutes discussion panel was chaired by Christopher Baugh (President Northern Sky Research, NSR), myself (Anver Anderson, VP Asia, Newtec), Adrian Ballintine (CEO, Newsat), Nongluck Phinainitisart (CCO Thaicom), Glenn Katz (CEO, Spacenet) and Imran Malik (Regional VP, O3B).

Secondly O3B was definitely the flavor of the moment. With launches expected in May this year, the Pacific Islanders await successful service to be available before the summer! There was no doubt that the marketing team at O3B had been doing a great job, but there still remains much discussion about the antenna access to the system – where a minimum of two, continually tracking antennas are required to keep the system connected. At least one more would be required if a basic amount of redundancy would be required. This caused quite some debate on the delivery of the service. O3B continued to bang the drum of lower latency in an effort (in my view) to sideline an important issue of access.

The 3 C’s: Capacity, Capability and Collaboration

This was the 35th consecutive conference and they continued the alliterative theme by using three further C’s: Capacity, Capability and Collaboration, to set the scene for the gathering. It is felt that there is considerable economic expansion in the region which is driving demand for data intensive applications and the growth of broadband markets (and yes, I presented our broadband solutions as well). They are driving for the capacity in the right place at the right time – and at the right price. We can – and will – help them achieve all those goals – and now our business development team together with our pre-sales engineers have much to follow up on.

Warm regards,