Satellite service provider OneWeb and chipmaker SatixFy UK today announced plans to add a new "digital pathway payload" that will improve satellite communications flexibility and reduce light pollution from the partners' growing number of satellites.
"This leading-edge satellite will be fully operational and is a great opportunity to showcase what can be delivered with our payload technology," said Massimiliano Ladovaz, OneWeb chief technical officer, in a statement. "The improved performance, greater efficiency and targeted capacity, together with sophisticated ground infrastructure, puts us at the forefront of LEO communications network services."
The solution's new on-board processing subsystem will operate ground-based user and gateway links independently. The solution also will feature an electronically steered multi-beam antenna whose capacity for time-delay beam forming means it can simultaneously point and switch multiple beams in multiple directions.
Finally, the satellites' beam hopping, for both forward and return paths, will allow the operator to meet customers' changing bandwidth or geographical needs, function on both Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geo-Stationary Earth Orbit (GEO) simultaneously, maintain make-or-break connectivity between rising and setting satellites and seamlessly transfer between mobile devices, beams and satellites.
"Beam-hopping systems offer higher usable throughput by focusing the system resources where they are most needed at a time," said the eight authors of Satellite Communications in the 5G Era.
In addition to being more cost-effective for OneWeb and its customers, the so-called "digital-transparent payload" means fewer satellites cluttering the skies, making life easier for astronomers and others.
OneWeb will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its first satellite launch next month and expects to begin a regular launch program for global commercial broadband services based, in part, on these new technologies, at the end of 2021, the operator said in the release.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
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It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.