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posted by janrinok on Friday January 21, @10:12AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

Satellite broadband boost as Intelsat expands fleet, Inmarsat supports IoT:

In the latest examples of satellite companies muscling in on the connectivity arena, operator Intelsat has commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build two software-defined satellites to advance its global fabric of software-defined GEO connectivity as part of its 5G software-defined network, while renewable energy firm RWE is using internet of things (IoT)-over satellite technology provided by Inmarsat at its at its hydroelectric power facilities.

[...] The contract is said to enable the continued advancement of Intelsat's planned global software-defined satellite-based network, adding high-speed, dynamically allocated connectivity across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia for commercial and government mobility services and cellular backhaul.

The new craft will be based on the Space Inspire product line, allowing telecommunications mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to broadband connectivity demand, and what is claimed to be superior video-broadcasting performance while maximising the effective use of satellite resources.

[...] The two new craft are scheduled to be in service in 2025 and will join two Airbus-constructed software-defined satellites, Intelsat 42 (IS-42) and 43 (IS-43), announced just over a year ago.


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  • (Score: 2) by Revek on Friday January 21, @02:13PM (2 children)

    by Revek (5022) on Friday January 21, @02:13PM (#1214488)

    Its funny how these satellite companies have never figured out what many terrestrial ISPs have. If you build the infrastructure you will quickly sell more service. You will plateau if you don't. They have stagnated for years and finally have serious competition coming around and they think a couple of high latency geosynchronous satellites are going to allow them to compete with elons LEO constellations.

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    • (Score: 1) by Brymouse on Friday January 21, @03:35PM (1 child)

      by Brymouse (11315) on Friday January 21, @03:35PM (#1214506)

      They are not competing with that. These satellites are to expensive for residential users. 1000/250 kbit/s down/up is about $6,000 per month on one of these satellites. It's dedicated and with repeatable performance. You can use it anywhere you can see the satellite, and it can be a private connection across the sat too.

      • (Score: 2) by Revek on Friday January 21, @06:07PM

        by Revek (5022) on Friday January 21, @06:07PM (#1214560)

        Then its not remotely broadband.

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  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Friday January 21, @02:42PM (2 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Friday January 21, @02:42PM (#1214495)

    Just going to the bird and back you're looking at a minimum of 240 ms, or 1/4 second. Add in all the other sources of latency and I suspect it will be half a second before you press a button on your phone and your IoT device does it's thing.

    For things where latency isn't a concern this is fine. For video calls, gaming, and turning on the light it could be a problem.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @05:25PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @05:25PM (#1214540)

      Yes, birds in space. :eye roll:

      Hint: it's not for games

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @10:22PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @10:22PM (#1214651)

        'Bird' is common slang for 'satellite'. Or are you one of those 'birds aren't real' morons?

  • (Score: 2) by jb on Saturday January 22, @03:42AM

    by jb (338) on Saturday January 22, @03:42AM (#1214702)

    Intelsat has commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build two software-defined satellites

    What on earth is a "software-defined satellite"?

    To put something in orbit you have to fire it off at just the right angle with just the right amount of thrust. That something has to be a physical object -- it can't just be an abstract bunch of ones & zeros stored in some computer system (abstract mathematical representations have no mass, so cannot have non-zero momentum either -- it makes no sense at all to talk about putting an abstract idea in orbit).

    So how can a satellite possibly be "software-defined"?

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