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Mapping a possible future for next generation satellite constellations. On 30 July 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted Amazon approval to deploy and operate Project Kuiper, a constellation of 3,236 LEO satellites. The authorization allows Project Kuiper to deliver satellite-based broadband services helping expand internet access to households and communities. A project of this scale requires significant effort and resources, and, due to the nature of LEO constellations, it is not the kind of initiative that can start small. You have to commit. Amazon will invest more tha

The Art Of Buying An Invisible Product When you cannot touch, see or feel the product and the product brochure is full of terminology and jargon that you do not understand – then how do you select the best service? How do you know to select the provider best suited to meet your specific needs and then what specific service must you choose for the application you have? Although this scenario relates to most services it is much more relevant when selecting a niche service such as satellite service. For niche services such as satellite the general understanding of the service is much mor

New financial benefits for a proven solution Satellite services are reliable – no discussion, no argument. Yes but… it is expensive and it is slow…. Or so many people argue from inputs remembered in past discussions or perhaps from their own past experiences. Well, if that is still your view, it is time for an update. Much has changed in the satellite broadband industry, from new satellite constellations, to modem equipment developments and new commercial models. The architect’s dilemma Today, the user demand on network uptime and service availability is simply 100%, even if

5G Health Risk Perspective The recent deployment of 5G mobile networks has created much debate on the possible health risks. Given that 5G relates more to a “network-of-networks architecture” and that mobile deployments are only one element of evolving 5G networks, the health debate should probably be more around the risks of multiple small cell radiation sources such as Wi-Fi, home automation and IoT solutions. Adding to this the penetration depth characteristic of different frequency sources we note that the higher frequencies have lower penetration and thus lower health risk. While

A technology perspective on the possible health risks of 5G The recent deployment of 5G mobile networks has created much debate on the possible health risks due to higher signal radiation. So widespread is this debate that even we, as a satellite service provider, have received concerns about 5G and the possible health risks of satellite services. In response to these respected customer concerns, we prepared the following perspective to enable a better understanding of this unfolding broadband technology landscape. 5G Defined Step 1 for this discussion is to provide a clear definitio

Satellite VS LTE As Backup Services Physics and network technology fundamentals make satellite services, the most effective, highest spec back-up services. Yet while this is true, then why is satellite not used as a back-up by every network engineer and specified by every customer request. To understand this paradox we can translate user requirements for 100% availability and low-cost operation into 5 key specifications, and then have a quantitative discussion to evaluate satellite vs LTE for back-up services. Mapping these criteria provides a graphical view that outlines the benefits of

Defining the key reasons why satellite is an attractive option VSAT Broadband Satellite Internet Network reliability – customers need it, yet don’t want to pay for it, and network architects want to deliver it, yet are not using the most effective tool. Physics and network fundamentals make satellite services, the most effective, highest spec back-up services. If this is true, then why is satellite not used by every network engineer and specified by every customer request? Facts or Perception? The true answer – perception. Years of marketing indoctrination by the major

Introduction: Shipwreck Lodge is luxurious self-catering lodge located in Pomene, Mozambique. In 1960 a ship called the Berea was shipwrecked on the South Beach and parts of the ship were still on the beach when The Shipwreck Lodge was being built a few years ago. This part of Mozambique is hidden away and undoubtedly hold some of the most diverse and unspoilt waters along the east coast of Africa. The Challenge While the area has some GSM cellular voice and data services communication, this is not reliable and also not sufficient to meet the needs of the modern

Satellite Services for a 5G future The ITU definition of the 5G networks-of-networks ecosystem outlines the key elements as enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine and ultra-reliable low-latency (<1msec) communication. In this article we consider the role of current and future satellite technologies and how it will benefit the deployment of 5G networks. Satellite distribution networks are already integrated with mobile networks as well as high reliable delivery of HD content, with the planned LEO and MEO constellations this will further be developed. In the planned global “con

Chester Butcher Introduction Chester Butchers was founded in 1973 by Nicos Criticos and is currently one of the largest meat wholesalers in South Africa. They import a variety of Beef, Mutton, Pork, Poultry and vegetables from South America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, Denmark, China and Belgium. Today Chester has more than 25 retail stores around South Africa employing over 500 employees. The Challenge Poor 3G signal connectivity at the store locations made it difficult for the business to complete day-to-day tasks and reliably operate the check-out point-of-sale s

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