As it plows ahead with a plan to develop and launch dozens of low-earth orbit satellites, LeoSat Enterprises intends to zig while others are zagging.
Rather than focusing on delivering broadband to the masses in all parts of the globe -- hallmarks of LEO-focused projects such as OneWeb and SpaceX's Starlink -- LeoSat Enterprises wants to get down to business, namely with banks, governments, multinational corporations and other enterprise-level customers.
The interconnected constellation of 78 to 108 LEO satellites that LeoSat has in mind will attempt to serve them with a high-capacity (up to 5.2 Gbit/s), low-latency (down as low as 20 milliseconds) backbone.
"I was drawn to this particular project because it is designed to do something different than everybody else is trying to do," Mark Rigolle, LeoSat's CEO, said. "We've decided to go after the corporate market."
LeoSat CEO Mark Rigolle
Rigolle, a satellite industry exec late of O3b Networks, SES S.A. (Paris: SESG) and Kacific, believes that LeoSat's approach will help it secure big deals with a select group of enterprise-level customers.
LeoSat, which believes an investment of about $3.5 billion will be needed to fulfill its vision, claims to have more than $1.2 billion in customer commitments so far. Examples of companies with pre-launch deals with LeoSat include DCS Telecom (a telecoms provider for Middle East, Africa and Asia), GlobalSat Inc. (Pan-American communications services provider), Globecomm Systems Inc. (a connectivity provider serving the enterprise, telecoms, energy and government sectors), CopaSat (communications provider for the US government and military) and Supernet, an enterprise network provider based in Pakistan.
LeoSat plans to have its birds flying at an altitude of about 1,400 kilometers (about 870 miles), roughly six times higher than the International Space Station, and about two times higher than what's being planned by OneWeb and Starlink.
An artist rendering that illustrates LeoSat's vision for a globally interconnected, fishnet-style satellite data network.
Each of LeoSat's satellites will be equipped with north-south and east-west lasers that allow for an interconnected, fishnet-like arrangement and will, therefore, avoid the "bent pipe" architecture that satellites tend to use to relay data in conjunction with fiber-connected gateway stations on the ground.
LeoSat believes that its approach can rival terrestrial networks. "It's a place that satellite has never played," Rigolle said.
LeoSat's is initially planning to deploy 78 of its satellites to provide global coverage, and then enhance that by adding more to the constellation in increments.
Vision for 2022
If all goes to plan, LeoSat intends to conduct its first launch in 2022.
But to hit that, LeoSat has to put in place several pieces to a puzzle that includes the aforementioned funding, finalizing its design and obtaining regulatory approvals (LeoSat's plan got the green light from the FCC late last year).
LeoSat, he added, will pursue an "A" funding round as it finalizes the design and looks to lock in a manufacturing contract.
Much more about Rigolle and LeoSat's plan will be detailed in a "CxO Spotlight" feature set to appear Monday, February 18 on sister site, Light Reading.
As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.
Lensing, who took on this role almost a year ago in May 2018, oversees both the sales and technical teams responsible for developing growth initiatives for AT&T's Global Healthcare business -- including products, services and industry-specific solutions. She also very actively promotes business minority inclusion, education and female empowerment programs and has been recognized both within and outside AT&T. Some awards she's received include "Top 40 Under 40" and "Super Woman in Business" from the Memphis Business Journal.
Join Maria Lensing, VP of Global Healthcare at AT&T, on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT, when she's the guest on BBWN Radio, hosted by Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana. Register now!
So far, the agenda includes a discussion of technologies such as fiber and 5G; defining the needs and solutions for a widely diverse range of customers; partnering for success in a typically slow-moving, budget-constrained market; learning and dispersing best practices from other verticals and within other business groups; promoting diversity and female empowerment when so many say they're doing so but so little has changed; and what she hopes to accomplish in another year in this role.
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Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON – and we haven’t even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?
Since waiting is often not the best option, let’s demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.
In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:
Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
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