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Broadband Satellites Predicted to Ease Global Bandwidth Crisis

Magazine article Information Today

Broadband Satellites Predicted to Ease Global Bandwidth Crisis

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Broadband satellite systems such as Teledesic, Astrolink, Spaceway, and Celestri will provide a global broadband infrastructure for IP services, according to a new report released by Pioneer Consulting titled "Satellite Data Networks: The Internet's Next Frontier." Using newly available frequencies in the Ka-Band, these systems will provide broadband services in an effcient manner to all regions of the globe.

The Ka-Band has created the opportunity for satellites offering multimedia services to small antennas, eliminating the bottlenecks associated with telecommunications networks' "last mile."

"By the year 2000 at least three major Ka-Band satellite systems will be in operation, offering IP services to businesses and consumers on a uniform basis throughout the globe," said Scott Clavenna, the report's author. "Applications such as high-speed Internet access, distance learning, telemedicine, and virtual private networking will be facilitated at megabit speeds at a cost that should be quite competitive with existing broadband services in the U.S., and very competitive with those in Europe and Asia. The nearly universal adoption of IP as the foundation of corporate internetworking has created an opportunity for satellite system developers to offer regional or global broadband IP coverage, allowing users to create highly versatile and flexible networks with one point of billing and management. …

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