Satellite communications looking at DTH, Ka Band
The recently concluded CASBAA event in Singapore saw industry leaders rallying behind the growth of direct-to-home or DTH services with the declining international point-to-point business. The largest satellite communications conference in Asia solidified the region’s position as the leader in collaboration initiatives with various satellite operators. The Asia-Pacific region has also muscled their way in bringing to the forefront a new generation of high-powered Ka-band satellites.
With looming technological challenges, many satellite operators are turning to the new spectrum to deliver high-capacity satellite services that can work in diverse ethnic markets. The Ka band spectrum also offers the possible deployment of satellites customized for DTH needs rather than the original telecom-VSAT services.
The decrease in certain businesses, and the rise of new trends highlight the need for more industry cooperation. Orbital slots and frequencies are increasingly becoming crowded and competitors now face the opportunity of working together to keep the industry more robust.
Read more about how the satellite communications industry is responding to these emerging trends with this article from CASBAA by Craig Stephen.