4th December 2018, Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ, United Kingdom

 

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Context Statement: The Launch of the HTS Era

 

The HTS 2018 RoundtableLEOs… MEOs… GEOs offers an in-depth exploration of the drivers and trends behind the continuing massive growth potential in the market for satellite-based broadband solutions. This is a market which kick-started longer ago than you may think, because it was just earlier this year that we were reminded of the launch of the high throughput satellite (HTS) era when, in June, Thaicom announced that it was considering ways to prolong the life of IPstar, its pioneering HTS spacecraft launched as far back as 200513 years ago.

 

The Operator as Provider

 

At that time IPstar was the highest capacity satellite in orbit, offering 45 Gbps of Ku-band capacity. Though projected to run out of fuel in 2022, this example of first generation HTS may exceed its in-orbit capability expectations by as much as two additional years.

 

Current and future generations of HTS technology provide capacity at prices significantly lower than that of the first generation exemplified by IPstar, prices which mean that satellite operators are moving to provision of services in addition to raw capacity.

 

The Downward Revision in Capacity Pricing (Erosion, or Market Access Enabler?)

 

In further illustration of the downward trend in satellite capacity pricing that has been brought about by increasing numbers of more powerful HTS spacecraft in orbit, Northern Sky Research (NSR) has shown that prices are trending between 35% and 60% lower than two years ago.

 

Whilst the NSR analysis addressed only geostationary satellite systems (GEO) – excluding the medium Earth orbit (MEO) O3b constellation and upcoming low Earth orbit (LEO) mega-constellationbased systems – and additionally acknowledges that the rate of price erosion is slowing, their analysis has shown that sliding prices will continue into 2019. Whilst NSR has found that multiple factors – in addition to HTS – are contributing to the pricing decline, the factor driving the sharpest decline is satellite operators that have gone low, with large connectivity deals in markets like inflight connectivity and maritime.

 

Indeed, inflight connectivity (IFC) providers – such as Panasonic Avionics, Global Eagle and Gogo – have been buying large sums of HTS capacity, often becoming ‘anchor’ customers that underpin the business case behind entire satellites. In the NSR analysis mobility capacity deals show the steepest pricing declines since 2016, some by slightly over 60%, with HTS consumer broadband and cellular backhaul close behind in the high 50 percentiles.

 

The Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia

 

After seeing HTS systems and technology advance over the Americas, Europe and Africa, global and regional operators in Asia are beginning to direct their attention to launching HTS satellites       en masse, bringing the HTS focus back to the region, with: SES-12, Eutelsat-172b, Intelsat/JSAT, Horizons-3e, Telesat/APT Satellite Telstar-18 Vantage/Apstar-5C, and more AsiaPac HTS capacity on the way from Kacific, China Satcom and mu Space. Meassat, too, hopes to have orbited by 2021 HTS capacity to provide broadband services to Malaysia.

 

A year later the Indonesian government plans to have launched a high-throughput satellite to bring internet access to unreached parts its island archipelago, delivering capacity of at least 150 Gbps. With another 50 Gbps of capacity to be leased from other satellites, Indonesia’s satellite programme will be the highest capacity system designated purely for the purpose of closing a single nation’s digital divide.

 

Africa, too, is likely to see a deluge of new HTS capacity. Eutelsat, Spacecom, Viasat and Global IP all have Ka-band HTS spacecraft under development to bring broadband to the continent.

 

Hispasat, the world’s leading distributer of Spanish and Portuguese content over satellite, in partnership with Gilat Satellite Networks, will be utilising capacity from the recently launched Amazonas-5 multi-spot-beam Ka satellite, as well as Amazonas-3 Ka, to deliver consumer broadband and enterprise services to local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Brazil

 

Methera and the “Capacity Density” Model

 

Other than GEO, in MEO the only system providing satellite broadband today is SES Networks’ constellation of 16 O3b satellites, but a new British company, Methera, with its own 16-satellite constellation idea, intends to change that, using a “capacity density” model as the key differentiator between its proposed constellation and other emerging systems.

 

Methera will focus capacity on extremely specific locations, targeting a small number of high-value customers, taking a village or a town from no coverage to being able to provide for everyone. Additionally, Methera may focus on working with other satellite constellations by providing additional capacity, especially for constellations where increasing throughput in a singular location would require scaling up the entire system through multiple additional satellites.

 

The 2018 HTS Roundtable Programme

 

The 2018 HTS Roundtable’s exploration will extend to evaluating the opportunities arising from a host of new applications that are being delivered into new market sectors, including into the communications on the move (COTM) ecosystem, applications are being enabled through the deployment of more-highly bandwidth efficient networks built on existing and planned HTS systems in GEO, together with planned future constellations of hundreds of non-geostationary (NGSO-HTS) global communications satellites in MEO and LEO.

 

HTS supply is projected to grow to nearly 2,000 Gbps by 2018, and nearly 3,600 Gbps by 2020, growth that will be overshadowed by the emergence of NGSO constellations, projects that promise massive volumes of capacity supply, low latency and global (or near-global) coverage. NGSO-HTS projects such as the continued expansion of O3b in MEO, and OneWeb, SpaceX, Telesat and LeoSat in LEO would combine to add over of 40 Tbps of capacity. And, there’s more to come…

 

Against this contextual background the key interesting questions are myriad. Just some examples:

 

  • Are operator offerings essentially the same?
  • Is all high throughput alike?
  • How are regional market variations being reflected in the offerings which comprise regional operator initiatives?
  • Which operators are taking only the Ka band route to new services delivery, and which are developing multi­band service strategies in their HTS play?
  • Where are hybrid technology solutions to be positioned?
  • Are the operators forging into direct competition with their own solution re-seller customers?
  • How are such high demand applications markets as PSTN infrastructure extension/telco trunking, broadband Internet access, and mobile terrestrial backhaul for GSM & 3G to LTE & 4G on planes, trains & ships to be satisfied?
  • Do HTS solutions represent a stronger defence against cyber-attacks, or are they a point of vulnerability?
  • How will the GEO-HTS and mega-LEO services compete… or will they be complementary?
  • Will GEO-HTS and LEO-HTS systems augment each other and network together?
  • Where will latency issues fit into any potential future “coopertition” dialogue?
  • How will they be differentiated and priced?
  • How will they be contracted and regulated?
  • How are the new constellations going to be launched?
  • How will the systems satisfy end-user requirements?
  • Who will come out on top among the satellite operators, the manufacturers, integrators, network licensees and, ultimately, the users amongst the wireless operators, maritime & aeronautical interests, oil & gas companies, military, civil government agencies, and the individual consumer?

 

Draft Programme (12-09-2018)

 

Across a background opening address and four 90-minute themed interactive panel sessions the Roundtable will offer an exploration of the ongoing evolution in the underpinning business and market economics of HTS, continuing to zoom-in on a range of specific analyses on the HTS ecosystem, including: The changing focus of the operators & evolution in the space segment; Emerging threats and opportunites for re-sellers in the value chain; Technology shifts in the ground segment; and, Mobility as the core revolutionary dynamic in todays broadband satcoms.

 

As at 12th September the Roundtable draft programme is as follows - modifications are inevitable as the programme evolves;

 

0900-0930

 

Opening Background Address: Satellite’s Accelerating New Dynamics – Expanding Markets, Enhanced Services & Evolving Technology Platforms

 

0930-1100

 

Roundtable Session 1: The Operators… New Focus & New Orbits

 

  • Constellations Reimagined
  • HTS Supply – the Aeronautical & Maritime Corridors
  • Is the “App” Now Driving Satellite Design
  • HTS, the Cloud & IoT
  • Bandwidth – (Price) Wars in Space?
  • Orbits & Latency – A Competitive Divide?
  • Competing Down the Value Chain
  • How will GEO HTS & the Mega-LEOs Compete?

 

1130-1300

 

Roundtable Session 2: The VARs… New Challenges in an HTS World

 

  • Transforming the Satellite Broadband Value Proposition
  • Today’s Most Dynamic Markets
  • Changing Throughput/Pricing Dynamics
  • Cloud & the IoT – New Opportunity to the VAR Proposition?
  • What Does the Mobile Market Need from VARs?

 

1400-1530

 

Roundtable Session 3: The Ground Segment… Evolving Dynamics

 

  • Next Generation HTS Mobility Solutions
  • The VSAT Antenna… Getting Smaller, the Changing Form Factor
  • Parabolic to Phased Array… Markets & Scales Characterised
  • In the Cyber Zone… Best Practice in Vendor & Customer Collaboration
  • Growth in Terminal Numbers & Interference Dynamics
  • Terminal Cost, Design & Function… Does the Customer Get What the Customer Wants?

 

1600-1730

 

Roundtable Session 4: Mobility, Mobility, Mobility

 

  • Where Next for Mobility?
  • HTS for IoT on Land, on Sea, in the Air
  • Mobile Trunking & Backhaul – A Defining Role with Satellite Integration in the 5G Mobile World?
  • Mobility – Who Are the End Users?
  • Navigating a Changing Value Chain – Acquisitions & Alliances
  • But, What About Enterprise VSAT, Consumer Broadband, Video, Government & Military?

 

And after the HTS Roundtable programme…

 

At the conclusion of the conference GVF will hold its Annual Election for the GVF Board of Directors.

Previous Attendees

 

AB5 Consulting
Access Partnership
ACI Europe
Advantech Wireless
Aerospace & Defense Industry Solutions (IHS)
Aetheric Engineering Ltd
Agilis
Airbus
Airbus
AIS Engineering Inc.
AKD Sat-Comm
Alazo Consulting
American Red Cross
Aniara
Anver Ltd.
APCO International
Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport
Arabsat
Arianespace
Arqiva
Artel LLC
Asia Broadcast Satellite
AST
Astral Associates
Astrapi Corporation
Astrium Services
AT&T
ATS
Auriga Kore
Avanti Communications
Avascent
Aviation Management
AvL Technologies
AVW Global
Awkard & Associates
Barr Consulting
BBC News
BDE Space
BDS
Beaconseek
Bentley Walker
Boeing
Boeing Commercial Satellite Services
Brandywinecreek LLC
BridgeSat
Brightday Engineering
British Telecommunications Plc.
Broadcast IP Systems
Bryce Space and Technology
BT Global Services
Callisto France
Canadian Satellite & Space Industry Forum (CSSIF)
Cargo Transport Inc.
Castel Satcom Radio Ltd
Castle Hill Asset Management
C-COM Satellite Systems
Cell & Sat
CenturyLink
Cerebus Satellite Services
CETel GmbH
CGI
Childrens National Health Centre
China Satellite Communications Co
Christian Aid
Cisco Systems
Clark Belt 2.0
Cobham CTS Ltd.
Cobham Satcom
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Comms Satellite Consultants
Communications Daily
Comsat Labs (ViaSat)
ComSource
Comtech EF Data
Comtech Xicom Europe
Conrad Anderson
Costain
CPI Europe
Credit Suisse
Crystal Solutions
CSI Magazine
DataPath
Definitive Direction
Department of the Treasury
Dept. Homeland Security
Deutsche Bank
Device Management Forum
Dilittantism
DoD
DOD Executive Space Staff
Driscoll Children's Centre
Eads Astrium
Earthly Orbit
Effective Space Solutions Limited
EMC Connected
Encompass Government Solutions
Engility TASC
Ericsson
ESA-ESTEC
ESSI Corp
Ethio-Telecom
Euroconsult
European Space Agency (ESA)
Eutelsat
Eutelsat America
Everard Solutions
Exelis
FBS UK
FCC
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Fibersat
Field, Fisher, Waterhouse LLP
Flashover Ventures
Futron Corp.
Futurenautics
Galaxy Broadband Communications
General Dynamics SatCom
Genicell Africa Corp.
Gilat Satellite Networks
Global Beam
Global Eagle Entertainment
Global IP
Global Partners United
Global Telemedicine Group
Globecomm
Glocom
GMPCS
Go Global Comms
GoGo

Goldin Associates

Grange Hotels

GSM Association
GTS Ltd.
Gutierrez & Sachs
Guy Pelham Media
GVF
Harris CapRock
Harris CapRock Government
Harris Corp.
Hawkeye 360
Health Channel USA
Hermes Datacomms
HIS
Hispamar
Hispasat
Honeywell
Huckworthy Inc.
Hughes Network Systems
Human Net Co. Ltd.
Hunter Communications
IHS Electronics & Media
ILS Launch
Independent
Inmarsat
Inmarsat Aviation
Inmarsat Global Express (GX)
Inmarsat Global Government
Inmarsat GX
Innovate UK
Institution of Engineering & Technology
Integrasys
Integrasys
Intellian
Intelsat
Intelsat General
Intelsat GSM Ltd
Inter Agency Emergency Management
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Intersat UK
IP Access
IRG
Iridium
iSat
Isotropic Systems
ITS Electronics
ITSO
JMB - UK
Jones Day
JSAT International Inc.
King Street Capital
Knight Sky
Kratos
Kratos Defense & Security
Kymeta
L3 Communications
Lecote London.Com
LeoSat
Ligado Networks
LightSquared
Link Communications Systems
Livewire Connections
LMI Advisors
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Loreto Capital
Lufthansa Technik
Lufthansa Technik (Aircraft Modification WZ33)
M&J Communications
M2M Insights
M4SAT
Maersk
Marquis Media Partners LLP
Marston Nicholson
MDA Information Systems
Media Broadcast Satellite GmbH
Medweb Government & International
Melcom Electronics
Ministério das Relações Exteriores
Ministério do Desenvolvimento Agrário
Mintz Levin
MITRE Corporation
Mobilsat
Mott MacDonald
MTN Government Services
MTN Maritime
MTN Satellite Communications
NanoRacks
National Physical Laboratory
National Science Foundation
National Telecommunications & Information Administration
Navarino UK
NeoSat
Nethope
Newcom
NewSat
Newtec
Norges Bank Investment
Norsat
Northern Sky Research
Northpoint Spectrum Development
Norwegian Space Centre
Novelsat
NSR
NSSL Global
O3b Networks
Offcom News
OmniEarth
OneWeb
Onlime
Orange Business Services
Orbit Communications
Orbital ATK Inc.
Orbital Sciences Corp.
OWLAG
PA Consulting
Paradigm
Paradigm Communications Systems
Paul Unger NBS Search
PCCW Global
Peak Communications
PHASOR Inc
Pico Services
Pillsbury
Pinnacle Satcom
Planet
PPM Ltd.
Premier Oil
Primetech UK
Pro Brand International (Europe) Ltd
Providence Access
QTMA
QuadSAT

Radical Moves
RDP Media

Relevant C Business Group (RCBG)
RigNet
Rockwell Collins
Row44
Royal Regiment of Scotland
Royal Saudi Airforce (C3 Project)
RT Logic
RUAG Space
Ruralweb
Sage Communication LLC
Samaritan's Purse
Santander Teleport
Satcom Global
SatCom Studios LLC
Sat-Comm Broadcast
Satellite Applications Catapult
Satellite Evolution
Interference Reduction Group
Satellite Solutions Worldwide
SatelliteFinance
Satex Ltd.
Satlink
SatProf
SatWays Inc.
Satya Capital LLP
Saudi Aramco
Scottspace
SCS Networks
Sea Tel Cobham
SEAKR
Sematron
SES
SES Government Solutions
Shell Exploration & Production
Shireen Inc.
SIA (Satellite Industry Association)
Silicon Valley Space Centre
Singtel Satellite Business Group
Sintel Satellite Services
sIRG
SiRRAN Communications
SiS Live
SITA OnAir
Skylogic/Eutelsat
Skyware Global
Skyware Technologies
SMC (Advanced MILSATCOM Concepts)
Society of Satellite Professionals
Space Foundation
Space Intel Report
Space News
Space Systems Loral
Spacecom
Spaceflight UK
Spacenet
SpaceNews
Spacepath Communications
SpaceX
Spectra Group (UK) Ltd
Spectrum Integrated Solutions
Spectrum Policy Gp. Ofcom
Speedcast
Squire Sanders
SS Loral
SSPI
SSPI Mid-Atlantic
ST Engineering
Stellar Solutions Aerospace
Strategic Partner
Strategy& (PwC) 
STS Defence
Summit Ridge Group LLC
Talia
Talk Satellite
TASC Inc.
Teledyne
Telemedicine & eHealth Training Centre
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting
Telepulse Technologies Corp.
Telesat
Telespazio
Telespazio Argentina
Telsat
Telstra Global
Ten Cate Advanced Composites Ltd.
Terrasat
Thales Alenia Space
Thales USA
ThingWorx (A PTC Company)
Thorn SDS
Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Traville Group
T-SAT
UK MOD
UK MOD ISS 
UlitSat Inc.
UN - Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OVHA)
Unique Broadband Systems
United Nations
University of Glamorgan
University of Surrey
US Agency for International Development
US Dept of State
US Federal Communications Commision
US International Broadcasting Bureau
US Office Foreign Disaster Assistance
US Space LLC
US21
USAID
Vencore
Venture Smarter
Via Satellite
ViaSat
Virgin Galactic
Vizada
Vocality
Vozeto Dotcom, Corp
Vsee
VT iDirect
VT iDirect Government
W.L.Pritchard & Co., LCC
Warren Communications News
Washington Mobility Systems
Wasserstein & Co.
WaterAid
World Broadcast Unions
WSBR
Xtar
Zuckert Scoutt & Rasenberger, LLP