Evolution in user terminal design for broadband from space
New LEO satellite networks promise high-speed broadband access for billions living beyond the reach of fibre and cellular networks. But the cost of User Terminals (UTs) for such satellite connections remains far beyond consumer budgets. Andrew Fell sketches how technical innovation, convergence in standards and network intelligence could pave the road to low-cost UTs for broadband from space.
Smart antennas for the IoT: for the few, not the many?
Smart antennas can radically improve IoT network performance - and they can do this with no changes to the population of wireless IoT devices. Only the IoT gateway terminals – usually relatively few in number – need the upgrade. But ultimately everyone reaps benefits – network operators from improved coverage, data capacity, network resilience and location services, and network users from lower cost and lower power IoT devices.
4 Benefits Satellite Operators and their Customers gain from an Edge-Centric Approach to the Industrial IoT
In our concept paper "Satellite at the Edge", we extolled the virtues of an edge-centric approach to Satellite IoT. Having described the “what”, we now set out the “why” by outlining four major benefits and asking whether they primarily advantage satellite network operators or their customers.
A “head-in-the-clouds” strategy for IoT is partial, at best.
Architects have increasingly powerful tools for building edge-centric IoT systems at their disposal, which could deliver better IoT outcomes and lower operating costs. But all too often the default assumption is that cloud-centred designs are best. Adrian Hillier argues that architects must embrace the edge to enhance the performance of their IoT systems in a way that is intelligent and scalable.
The missing link: an antenna-centric adoption scenario for broadband from space
New space companies are planning to launch low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide broadband internet everywhere on earth. But with antennas for satellite receivers at consumer price points still out of reach, how will users be connected?
IoT Connectivity – Where’s the Value?
How can connectivity service suppliers generate revenues that are sustainable and scalable from the IoT? Value-based approaches are needed to meet the interests of all participants over the longer term.