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March 2015 Edition
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InfoBeam Part I, Information & News by the Editors
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News and Products of Note for SATCOM
 
InfoBeam Part III, Information & News by the Editors
News and Products of Note for SATCOM
 
InfoBeam Part IV, Information & News by the Editors
News and Products of Note for SATCOM
Features
 
Transforming the Management Of Network Ops To Support Rapid Services Growth, By Don Imhoff, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Kratos Networks, A Division Of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Taking Operations To The Next Level By Focusing On Service Quality Management
 
Linearity Of GaN-Based SSPAs: An Advantech Technology Focus, By Cristi Damian, M.E.E., Vice President, Business Development, Advantech Wireless
Since the initial launch of GaN based Solid State Power Amplifiers by Advantech Wireless in early 2010, many uncertainties and unknown issues have been clarified.
 
Leveraging The Latest Interference Mitigation Strategies, By Jeffrey Chu, President + Chief Executive Officer, Glowlink Communications Technology
The satellite communications industry continues to wrestle with the undesirable effects of intentional and unintentional interferences on communication signals. The latest strategies for interference mitigation involve new technologies and tools that satellite operators and their customers can use to deal with these effects. 
 
Broadband Satellite Communications... Catching Up With 4G, By Dr. R. Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer, EM Solutions Pty Ltd.
Less than 20 years ago, broadband Internet to the home first became a reality, thanks to the introduction of DSL technologies that enabled twisted copper pair to carry traffic at speeds above 1Mb/sec.
 
Hacking Satellites— The New Frontier In Security Breaches, By Conrad Smith, Chief Technical Officer, SRT Wireless
Last month, the NBC drama State of Affairs featured a disgruntled former U.S. government agent who hacks into a government satellite system to view video that discloses real-time information about enemy combatants.
 
SatBroadcasting™: Satellite Signal Simulation Via Multichannel Signal Generation, By Peter Lampel, Product Manager, Digital Video Test Equipment, Rohde & Schwarz + Seann Hamer, Vice President, Communication Products, SED Systems
The satellite industry is undergoing a significant transition. Carrier bandwidths are increasing and signals are being placed more closely together than ever before. Most importantly, the technology used to process these signals on the receive side is changing dramatically with the use of digital sampling and Full Band Capture (FBC) techniques.
 
High Power Amplifier Selection For Satellite Uplinks: A CPI Technology Focus, TWT technology continues to be a key player in the industry
As significant improvements continue to be achieved in high-power amplifier design, many claims are being made regarding the capabilities of each type of amplifier technology used in satellite uplink applications.
 
Welcome To The Multiservice Era: Be Flexible, Be Efficient + Be Scalable, By Jo de Loor, Marketing Director, and Kerstin Roost, Public Relations Director, Newtec
It is key to understand that our industry needs futureproof solutions to meet the customer expectations: address the increasing OPEX and CAPEX challenges while remaining agile to enable new satellite services in an ever-changing world.
 
Keeping Point-To-Point Satellite Networks Simple: Teledyne Paradise Datacom Q-MultiFlex™ Focus, By Tony Radford, Vice President, Teledyne Paradise Datacom
In today’s climate of vapid economies and tight budgets, it’s no surprise that consumers are searching for any opportunity to get maximum benefit from the lowest possible investment.
 
SatBroadcasting™: HDR + 4K Are Changing The Way We “View”, By Simen Frostad, Chairman, Bridge Technologies
Sometimes glibly dismissed as another ruse manufacturers have introduced to get consumers to dip into their pockets again is 4K technology for broadcasting.
 
All Aboard: How SATCOM Can Win The Train Connectivity Challenge, By Doreet Oren, Director of Product Marketing, Gilat Satellite Networks.
The latest satellite technology, integrated with one of the oldest mass transportation methods, produces a premium travel experience—and opens an attractive market for ISPs.
 
A SmallSat, Cost Effective Approach To X/Y Antenna Ground Terminals, By Alex Nichols, Technical Director, Ground Systems Group, TeleCommunication Systems Inc.
With the insurgence of the small satellite market the demand for cost effective ground terminals has never been greater.
 
The Future Is Hybrid, By Paul Scardino, Senior Vice President, Sales-Engineering-Operations-Marketing, Globecomm
From the 1960s into the 1990s, satellite, microwave and coaxial cables were the hot transmission technologies. Innovators in technology, in business and in content worked miracles in overcoming distance, spreading knowledge and entertainment and creating the biggest mass markets ever known. 
 
Interference: The Importance Of Training, By Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG)
With recent discussion about the importance of training to reduce errors, and therefore, satellite interference, this theme has become a hot topic for the IRG’s End Users Initiative Advisory Committee.
 
SatBroadcasting™: A Case In Point—ETL Systems + SIS Live... Betting On The Farm In The U.K., selecting ETL Systems, SIS has ensured the efficient delivery of the U.K.’s live news contribution feed along with bespoke television to thousands of betting shops across the country.
The baseline—the SIS brand incorporates SIS Betting, one of the world’s leading suppliers of content, programming, facilities and technology to the betting industries, and SIS Live, Europe’s largest satellite uplink supplier, provide broadcast connectivity solutions via satellite and media fiber.
 
In The Pursuit Of SATCOM Opportunities, By Jacob Keret, Senior Vice President of Sales, North America, Europe and the Middle East, Spacecom
 
A Game Changer: Crossing The “RF Over IP” Chasm, By Scott Criley, Product Director, RT Logic
Imagine our world pre-IP—hard to imagine— unless you’re in the satellite industry, where ground systems continue to be defined by their analog nature. Restricted by the short distances that RF signals can be routed before they degrade, antennas and signal processing equipment have essentially been shackled together in close proximity—a constraint otherwise not found in the IP-enabled world. That’s limited how ground architecture could evolve to solve issues such as site diversity and centralization. 
 
Careers: The Path To The Future— Measuring Wealth... What Has Changed?, By Bert Sadtler, Senior Contributor
A company’s prosperity and success is measured by wealth. However, is financial acumen the only—or the best—measurement of wealth in today’s business world within a retail chain, in a corporate structure and on Wall Street?
 
The Space Data Center’s Beta Test, By Mark Rawlins, Chairman, The Space Data Association (SDA)
In last month’s issue of SatMagazine, the Space Data Association
(http://www.space-data.org/sda) talked about the Space Data Centre and the organization’s role in managing data for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) mitigation.
 
SSTL Joins The GEO Club, By Maurizio Vanotti, Head of Telecommunications, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
For some years now, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) has been working on a new, small, geostationary platform design, the SSTL GMP-T, under ARTES funding from the European Space Agency.
 
Diversity Is The Key For Today’s North American VSAT Marketplace , By Robert Smibert, Founder + Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Technologies
The recent and dramatic drop in commodity prices has brought into stark relief that any manufacturer confined to a single vertical is always at the mercy of that particular market.
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