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Jun 2017 - Market Perspective - Doc # AP41460516

Building the Global Satellite Internet

Authors: Shiv Putcha, Hugh Ujhazy, Bill Rojas

The satellite industry made tremendous progress in terms of cost performance and functionality when it developed and successfully launched Ka-band and Ku-band HTS satellite systems. Now, the industry is seeking to extend this to the new V-band frequencies in hopes of constructing an umbrella or canopy composed of hundreds of internet microsatellites, delivering low to medium latencies and low- to high-broadband bandwidth for enterprises/IoT and consumers. Combined with the countrywide terrestrial 4G LTE networks that are covering large swaths of more and more of the earth's population, the term "internet everywhere" will not be an overstatement by 2025.

"Technologies and spectrum for the four key wireless technologies — 4G/5G cellular, WiFi, packet microwave, and satellite — are beginning to converge, which means that advances in baseband modulation and antenna signal processing, radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, and active filters could generate synergies as the industry prepares for the post-2020 5G era in which centimeter wave and millimeter wave technologies will play a strategic role in the wireless ecosystem," says Bill Rojas, adjunct research director of telecoms, IDC Asia/Pacific.

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