The satellite and space industry is evolving at a rapid pace with High Throughput Satellites (HTS) delivering huge amounts of capacity and smallsat mega-constellations providing new advanced capabilities. This is driving the ground segment to meet the capabilities of these new satellites.
The current environment is changing quickly and moving from traditional teleports working with wideband FSS satellites to HTS gateways supporting a huge increase in bandwidth and an exponential growth in services. The critical question is how will the teleport increase efficiencies to support more capacity, more customers, more services, more flexibility, and more dynamic usage, all at a lower cost per service?
Operators and service providers are turning to automation as a way to improve processes and operations in the ground segment. Automation enables the management of traditional applications and infrastructure in a more competitive, agile, and scalable manner.
In the larger terrestrial and wireless telecoms markets, virtualization, cloud infrastructure and SDN (Software Defined Networking) are enabling greater efficiency and more dynamic services. The satellite industry is following their lead and is trying to achieve these same efficiency gains and dynamic service models in their networks. Some of the key areas that will enable these gains include:
- Virtualizing ground infrastructure including the transition from analog to digital teleport IF and RF processing, thus lowering costs and increasing operational flexibility by taking advantage of cloud based technologies and infrastructure. A key technology in this effort is SpectralNet with its ability to seamlessly transport RF spectrum reliably over lossy IP networks.