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September 2016 Edition
European Markets and SatBroadcasting™
 
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Features
 
SatBroadcasting™: News-On-The-Move... Fast, First Rate SATCOM, By Volker Jarsch, Director, SATCOM Solutions, ND SatCom
Media companies and broadcasters invest millions in contribution networks to provide real-time news to the public—ND SatCom’s News-On-The-Move system enables news teams to instantly transmit live streams of moving scenes from any location via VSAT networks.
 
Catching The Wave With HTS: A Newtec Perspective, By Jo De Loor, Market Director for Multi-Service, HTS and Enterprise, Newtec
Although High Throughput Satellites (HTS) using spot beam technology began to emerge in commercial satellite communications more than a decade ago, only over the last five years has the market for HTS exploded, with new market entrants such as Avanti and Yahsat launching a fleet of Ka-band HTS to start offering high throughput satellite services—the traditional satellite operators have quickly followed suit and are establishing HTS capacity in orbit to the point where the majority of operators now have, or are planning, HTS launches.
 
A Bridge Technologies Focus: Kvamnet: Overcoming The Challenges, By Simen Frostad, Chairman, Bridge Technologies
In a remote region of Norway, an innovative network that provides Internet access, telephony and TV programming has been created to serve this area’s scattered and often isolated population.
 
The Forrester Report: Satellite Battles Over Europe, By Chris Forrester, Senior Contributor
There’s something of a ‘battle Royale’ going on in Europe between two rival shareholders in Spanish satellite operator Hispasat—this disagreement concerns Eutelsat and a Spanish infrastructure company, Abertis. Eutelsat owns 33.69 percent of Hispasat, Abertis owns 57 percent.
 
SatBroadcasting™: Advancing The Technologies Of Broadcast Satellite Communications, By Jan Molter, Managing Director, Hiltron GmbH
IBC forms an important reference point in the business timeline of any broadcast equipment manufacturer or systems integrator.
 
THOR 7 — High Performance For The High Seas A Telenor Perspective, By Helen Jameson, Founder, SpaceScript
After the satellite’s 2015 launch and an extensive testing period, Telenor’s first growth satellite, THOR 7, is ready to initiate commercial service.
 
An Interview With Erik Otto Evenstad, Senior Adviser, Spectrum Management, Telenor Satellite, Regarding RFI...
The biggest cause of interference we experience are power levels that exceed nominal levels, malfunctioning equipment, RFI caused by human error, mis-pointed antennas, intentionally induced interference and piracy.
 
Making The Invisible... Visible, By Russ Matijevich, V.P., HawkEye 360
The world is entering a renaissance age for the smallsat.
 
Expanding Smallsat Capabilities & Making Them Affordable, By Vytenis Buzas, CEO and Co-Founder, NanoAvionics
During recent years, the smallsat (below 150 kg) market has rapidly expanded—from 180 launches in 2014 to an expected 630 launches in 2018—such an expansion signals some exciting changes are ahead for the industry.
 
An EARSC Case In Point: Winter Navigation In The Baltic, All of Finland’s ports freeze over in a normal winter
People around the world are seldom aware of how satellites are truly beneficial to their everyday lives.
 
Paving The Way For Global Smallsat Innovation: A Tyvak International Perspective, By Dr. Marco Villa, CEO, Tyvak International
Space-based research and utilization are at an all-time high right now, and the industry is only growing.
 
SatBroadcasting™: RF Interference Is No Longer A Titanic Disaster For Satellite Broadcasters, By Itzik Wulkan, CEO, NovelSat
One hundred and four years ago, the HMS Titanic embarked on an historic first—and last—voyage.
 
Tackling The Challenges Of Satellite Communications Bandwidth, By Lars Christensen, M.Sc.C.S, Chief Architect, GateHouse Telecom A/S
From the various experiences all have had with landline Internet connections, a general understanding is that a satellite Internet connection is performance limited to a given bandwidth.
 
Accurate Pointing Is Crucial For Transportable Antennas, By Tony Wilkey, Senior V.P., AvL Technologies
Transportable VSAT antennas are used in many places—on the roof of a news truck, on the ground next to an emergency response trailer at the site of a natural disaster, in a parking lot at a large special event, mounted onto a camouflaged army transporter in a war zone, to name but a few locations. 
 
The Digital Era: Ship To Shore, By Leticia Diaz del Rio, Global Business Manager, Maritime, Thuraya
Life is changing at sea and competition in maritime communications is driving that change.
 
HTS & DTH — A Symbiosis Of Service, By Anver Anderson, General Manager, STN
Many comments have been made regarding High Throughput Satellites (HTS)—and some of them are even true.
 
Partnership With Understanding: Forming Relationships That Drive Success In The New Era Of Satellite, By Rajanik Mark Jayasuriya, V.P. for the Satellite Network Group (SNG), ST Electronics
A new satellite era has arrived, one in which the dynamics of the industry are in continual transformation—the manner in which business is conducted will never again be the same. 
 
A Comtech EF Data Focus: Performance Challenge Of 3G Over Satellite, By Richard Swardh, V.P., Market Development, Comtech EF Data
Mobile telephony has been in existence for more than 40 years—the first generation (1G) developed in the 1970s was based on analog standards, including Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS) and Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT).
 
Winning The Frigid Fight For STN Teleport A W.B. Walton Perspective, By Dan Freyer, President, ADWAVEZ Marketing LLC
STN, the Satellite Telecommunications Network, transmits more than 600 TV channels and delivers global services via satellite and fiber from their massive, cutting-edge, teleport facilities in Dob, Slovenia, in the European Union (EU). 
 
COTS For Smallsat Spatial Success, By Jaime Estela + Martín Canales, Spectrum Aerospace Group
Space-COTS are Commercial-Off-The-Shelf components that have been qualified for space applications and that follow international standards. Thanks to a new industrial test concept, Space-COTS match small satellite mission requirements efficiently and offer the best Price/Quality ratio for space hardware manufacturing.
 
Developing Technologies For A Bright Future A Datum Systems Perspective, By Dave Seeman, Director of Sales, Datum Systems
In a recent Northern Skies Research report, the company stated that “the global market for Commercial Satellite Ground Equipment will grow from $5.6 Billion in 2015 to $11.5 Billion in 2025, generating over $100 Billion in cumulative revenue”—certainly such an analysis offers ground equipment manufacturers a reason to be optimistic as well as motivated for the future of their businesses and prompts them to develop and deliver the latest, most efficient technologies to address these growing markets.
 
SatBroadcasting™: Overcoming The Challenges Of Satellite News Gathering (SNG), By Juan Martinez, Technical Area Director, Integrasys
With the rise of Over The Top Content (OTT) delivery and an ever-more competitive landscape, satellite broadcasters are under increasing pressure to deliver the targeted content at the correct time to the right platforms.
 
The Heyman Report: A Golden Jubilee For Russia’s Soyuz, By Jos Heyman, Tiros Space Information
On November 28, 2016, 50 years will have passed since the first pre-cursor of the Soyuz spacecraft was launched as Kosmos-133. 
 
From Polar Support To A Global Ground Network A KSAT Perspective, By Stig-Are Thrana, US Sales Director, Head of the Silicon Valley Office, Kongsberg
In a little more than a decade, KSAT has moved from being a newly established station operator in Svalbard with a few antennas to support polar orbiting satellites to be one of the world´s leading ground station providers.
 
A New Satellite Is En Route & Preparing For Greater Growth A Spacecom Perspective , By Jacob Keret, Senior VP, Marketing and Sales, North America, Europe, Middle East
As IBC2016 draws ever closer, Spacecom and the AMOS brand is generating praise in the Central and Eastern European, African, the Middle Eastern and Asian markets.
 
How Satellites Put A Better Wine In Your Glass, By Robert Bell, Executive Director, SSPI & WTA
Wine is nature’s magical accident,” wrote former champion jockey and mystery writer Dick Francis. We enjoy wine today because naturally occurring yeast on grapes turns the sugar within them into alcohol. 
 
Satisfying High Power Uplink Amplifier Demands A Spacepath Communications Perspective, By Terry Hall, Engineering Department Manager, Spacepath Communications Ltd.
The world of satellite communications continues to evolve, demanding ever increasing diverse solutions for uplink amplifiers; new frequency bands, higher powers, smaller size, improved connectivity—providing products to satisfy this demand is the business focus of Spacepath Communications.
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