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From Backpack to Broadband: A Guide to Successful Deployment of Satellite Broadband Services

The mobile communications sector has experienced rapid growth globally over the past few years, with satellite operators promising to provide reliable broadband access, attractive throughput rates and optimized network infrastructure and services to keep pace with market developments.

Samer Halawi, CEO

 

More than ever, reliable broadband connectivity is being viewed as an important asset for a variety of mission-critical applications — from broadcast journalists needing to deploy a high-speed mobile streaming connection for field reporting to relief workers establishing critical data links for effective disaster response. A wide range of business users are also starting to weigh the best available technology options that can help them step up communication capabilities and connect to corporate networks.

In an era of increased communications traffic, satellite end-users are becoming more demanding in terms of the consistency, capabilities and competitiveness of the technology they deploy. With the plethora of high-bandwidth satellite solutions available, choosing the right technology platform can be a daunting task. Some of the key considerations to make during the implementation of satellite broadband services and equipment include:

  • Portability: The latest generation satellite broadband terminals are designed with portability as a primary feature to address the increased demands of field workers, who require ruggedized satellite devices that can be easily deployed to achieve broadband connectivity in the shortest amount of time. In the broadcast media sector, for instance, any journalist who has to operate in challenging environments will understand the importance of having a compact and lightweight broadband terminal — in order to file a story in the fastest manner possible and be the first to break the news.

  • Service reliability: For remote workers who require superior mobility for data transfer and robust connection speeds to transmit critical information while on the move, a high level of service reliability for the broadband equipment is a foremost requirement. Crucially, L-band satellite technology is not affected by rain fade and therefore provides the ideal platform for a wide range of demanding applications, even in adverse weather conditions. In situations where access to broadband connectivity needs to be quickly established, remote workers can always leverage the strength and capacity of L-band networks for reliable data transmission.

  • Network coverage: New technology enhancements, both in terms of network performance and hardware, has spurred the growing use of satellites to extend enterprise-grade connectivity to rural communities and geographically remote locations inadequately served by terrestrial networks. Many offshore oil and gas exploration projects around the world depend on the optimized network coverage of L-band systems to boost field effectiveness and support mission-critical operations. The latest high-speed satellite broadband terminals can also be deployed with minimal technical support to facilitate a wide range of bandwidth-intensive IP applications — from email communications to video conferencing.

  • Versatility and ease of use: When it comes to broadband services, business users need to assess how easily the technology can be set up to ensure a hassle-free experience. Terminals that are designed with plug-and-play features offer a distinct operational advantage — especially in enabling journalists and emergency relief workers to immediately configure the terminal to establish an internet connection without the need for prior software installation on their laptops, as well as supporting broadcast compression third-party solutions and VoIP telephony.

  • Cost efficiency: Cost pressures and budgetary constraints are a reality for most businesses, and the choice of communications technology has a direct impact on a company’s expenses. The latest range of mobile satellite services provides a highly cost-competitive option for companies to ably address the growth in broadband requirements. In this respect, users need to consider conducting business with a MSS operator that can provide flexible, unlimited-use pricing packages to better manage operational expenditure.

  • Security: The ability to establish safe and secure communications links to stay connected and access corporate networks is critical to any business operations, and this requirement is increasingly being met by satellite services. On top of ensuring a safe and secure network over L-band frequencies, companies and government organizations can be provided with encryption solutions for the highest level of security.

Responding to new market requirements with Thuraya IP+

As one of the world’s leading mobile satellite service operators, Thuraya is committed to working together with customers to help them effectively deploy the industry’s leading mobile satellite products and services. The introduction of the Thuraya IP+ heralds another significant milestone in Thuraya’s continued drive to expand its range of innovative data products, in order to keep pace with future market demands across the communications sphere.

Compact and highly portable, Thuraya IP+ is the company’s latest satellite broadband terminal designed to provide end-users quick and reliable access to broadband data services over Thuraya's congestion-free L-band satellite network. The robust features and enhanced capabilities of Thuraya IP+ facilitate a wide range of applications including broadcasting, web browsing, email and social media communications, data transfer and VoIP.

Thuraya IP+ can be rapidly deployed to support high-bandwidth applications at industry-leading speeds of up to 444kbps on standard IP and 384kbps on streaming IP with a built-in antenna. The terminal can also be configured to provide asymmetric streaming capabilities for end-users to better manage cost, by controlling their upload and download speeds based on specific usage requirements. Additional cost savings can be derived through Thuraya’s highly competitive airtime packages.

By understanding the market’s need for optimized data speeds at cost-competitive rates, Thuraya is able to deliver the best possible value in satellite broadband through Thuraya IP+ — delivering broadband connectivity to support a wide range of business operations beyond the coverage of traditional terrestrial networks.

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From Backpack to Broadband:
A Guide to Successful Deployment of Satellite Broadband Services