De Vere Canary Wharf, No 1 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HD . . . March 21st
The 2018 Connectivity Context
Internet access everywhere with fast broadband data speeds is now universal in the service demand and supply marketplace, but multiple-tens of Mbps services over fixed fibre-infrastructures is not enough for a world requiring access with mobility.
As the user’s device relationship migrates to tablets and smartphones with data stored to the Cloud, the overwhelming emphasis is on connectivity and seamless multimedia services access, whilst the user is moving on road, rail, in-flight, or at sea.
Seamless connectivity goes way beyond the practical and commercially-sustainable boundaries of today’s 3G, 4G – and tomorrow’s 5G – wireless networks. This can only be achieved with a combination of different wireless telecommunications/broadband access technologies – supported by the most mobility-enhancing and nomadic communications technology of all, satellite.
Connectivity 2018: Air, Sea, Surface & Rail: Evolving the "New" New Verticals will examine some of the key themes, technological developments, and market trends that feature on the path to a universal via-satellite connectivity ecosystem.
The Connectivity programme will analyse the latest developments in the satellite communications marketplace, the launch of more-and-more high throughput satellite (HTS) payloads into geostationary orbit, and soon beyond current MEO orbital assets, to multiple LEO constellations and the enablement of a multitude of new, awe-inspiring vertical markets.
HTS has already changed the paradigm of satellite communications capabilities in the realms of the satellite-only connectivity solution, but has also brought an enhanced dynamic to the wider realms of the satellite + terrestrial hybrid solution – solutions used in the corporate, enterprise, government, military, consumer, and in future, many other evolving sectors.
Future of Mobile Backhaul
Satellite networking has always been an imperative for extending the typical service area of terrestrial cellular wireless systems, and connectivity for 2G/GSM voice and SMS applications, in many parts of the world, has been built on the foundation of backhaul over satellite.
Now, with those parts of the world migrating to 3G & 4G with increasingly rich data flows, and looking forward to 5G – we ask, “What does 5G hold in store for demand for mobile backhaul?”
Satellite & the MNOs
MNOs want new, innovative backhaul architectures that are robust and flexible enough to accommodate shifting traffic loads on cell sites without massive bandwidth over-provisioning.
MNOs are looking at the segmenting of macro-cells into smaller (femto-, pico-) cells, a trend presenting new challenges for the satellite backhaul vendor whose next-generation backhaul solutions must be more robust as well as high-speed.
The Evolution of Comms-on-the-Move/Comms-on-the-Pause Markets
Another key theme will examine the COTM/COTP technologies used to bring earth stations on vehicles/mobile platforms – whether they be rail, in-flight, or at sea – and the associated practicalities of driving RoI from solution deployments across train networks, fleets of aircraft, and cruise liners.
Mining & Remote Resources
Remote connectivity to support mission-critical applications in the mining of essential resources is as much of a key industry requirement as it is in the oil & gas sector.
Mining is an inherently remote operation and the need for satellite and satellite-terrestrial hybrid connectivity solutions is a vital element to the growth and cost-effectiveness of the industry.
Hospitality & Unlimited Mobility Connectivity
The hospitality industry is a major growth area and communications solution users want unlimited connectivity, all the time and anywhere and everywhere they go: Jungle, mountain-top, safari encampment, isolated luxury hotel, super yacht, connectivity with family, friends, to the news agenda, and to the financial markets is a commoditised expectation.
Networks & Cyber Security
Cyber security leads todays ICT agenda…in satcoms too.
Network integrity, resilience and robustness in the increasingly inter-connected digital world is an imperative as more Cloud-based networks of applications, data, and services are targeted by financially, ideologically and politically motivated cyber criminals as well as random individuals with a point to prove.
M2M & IoT
This dialogue notes the longer-term significance of transitioning to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
With the ever-increasing number of devices being connected to the Internet, and the consequent need for more IP addresses, it is IPv6 which will bring on the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT)/Internet of Everything (IoE).
IoT/IoE is creating a dynamic network of tens of billions of wireless identifiable ‘things’ communicating with one another, bringing ubiquitous computing, and integrating the digital world and the physical world.
Improved sensor device capabilities will facilitate business logic at the edges of networks as decision-making is based on real-time readings from sensors that are used to monitor pretty much anything and everything. The potential for the satellite industry very important.
Vehicle Telematics & Smart Cities
Road vehicles, most particularly the modern car (but not excluding the passenger bus/coach, freight truck, taxi etc.) increasingly feature telematics and related applications to monitor vehicle performance, SatNav, provide alarms, GPS trackers and immobilisers, speed limiters, parking aids, as well as communications and infotainment with in-car WiFi. The role of satcoms in this field will be examined, as will its part in the emergence of the Smart City.
A smart city uses ICT to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to improve contact between citizens and government.
Sectors that have been developing smart city technology include government services, transport and traffic management, energy, health care, water and waste. By 2020, it is predicted that the global market will grow to more than US$2 trillion.
The Cloud Interface
“What will the Satellite-Cloud Interface look like?”
The Cloud brings together different technologies – broadband networks, virtualisation, Web 2.0 interactivity, time sharing, and browser interfaces – each of them significant advances in their own right, but all the more powerful in combination, and thus the Cloud is now fundamentally changing the way organisations use IT.
The communications networks underpinning today’s distributed computing are not only fast, and not only getting faster, but the rate at which they are getting faster is itself speeding-up, creating opportunities for Cloud implementation to bring higher organisational performance, greater flexibility, and savings on costs.
Satellite+Terrestrial Wireless Synergies
So, what are the strengths and weaknesses inherent in current and developing satellite technologies as far as providing access to The Cloud is concerned? In posing this question, the conference objective is not to engage in a satellite-versus-terrestrial debate – particularly given the long-established trend of hybridised communications networks comprising satellite and terrestrial wireless technologies, as noted above.
Rather the objective is to identify exactly where the unique nature of satellite communications can contribute to the greater functionality, and reliability, and ubiquity, and connectivity to the Cloud, not only for the high-density metropolis of the globe’s most developed markets, but also for the remote communities of the world’s emerging and developing economies and societies.
Comprising a series of four moderated interactive panel sessions with four or five speaker/panellists in each 75-minute session, the following provides a snap-shot of topics that the programme aims to cover: