ETC Venues, 8 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AE, February 27th, 2019
‘Mobile Connectivity 2019: Air, Sea, Surface, Rail – Evolving the "New" New Verticals’ will examine two principal and increasingly interconnected themes in today’s communications environment – evolution towards an integrated and unified broadband communications ecosystem together with development of technology platforms and service arrays which meet user markets’ demand for mobility,… mobility,… mobility.
Conference exploration of the key themes in technological development, as well as in service and market trends – featuring on the path to the universality of a fully mobile broadband near-future founded on the complete integration of satellite and wireless – will encompass reference to latest developments in the launch of more-and-more high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity to geosynchronous orbit together with the expansion of HTS in MEO and LEO.
Satellite & Terrestrial
With satellite networking always having been a requirement for extending the typical service area of 2G/GSM voice and SMS applications over terrestrial cellular wireless in many parts of the world the interface of satellite with terrestrial is no new thing. But, beyond the intermediate phases of migration through 3G & 4G mobile – and even as the more developed mobile network markets look to 5G mobility – “interfacing” will be replaced by “integration”. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) recognise this imperative.
MNOs need innovation in deployment of new 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.
Satellite & the Cloud
The conference will also explore such questions as: What are the strengths and weaknesses inherent in current and developing satellite technologies as far as providing access to The Cloud is concerned?
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. Thus the Cloud has fundamentally changed 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.
In posing questions about satellite and the Cloud, the conference objective is not to engage in a satellite-versus-terrestrial argument – particularly given the already long-established trend of hybridised communications networks comprising satellite and terrestrial wireless technologies, and the immediate future of same, as noted above – but 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.
Satellite & M2M
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications is another key connectivity focus, and the interface and synergy of M2M communications and satellite communications will comprise part of the conference dialogue. 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 than the current IPv4 protocol is able to accommodate, it is IPv6 which will bring on the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT)/Internet of Everything (IoE), and it is the IoT/IoE which will be the ultimate realisation of a future universal M2M environment which will far exceed the potential boundaries and limited scope of even the greatest reach of the present day M2M environment.
Satellite & IoT/IoE
It is the IoT/IoE which will create 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. More concretely, 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. Globally, this market is growing fast, and the aggregated target markets make its potential for the satellite industry very important.