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June 2009 Edition
BEAM, by Hartley Lesser, Editorial Director
The Asian and pan-Pacific market is a crucial component of the global satellite and ancillary business market. Indigenous and foreign investment in Asian projects continues to mount, expectations remain positive, albeit somewhat muted, all despite the worldwide economic “challenges” facing business. The Year of the Ox — 2009 — will require an even greater concentration on the core elements that help business succeed — customer service and soul inspiring technologies.
NSR EXECUTIVE BRIEFING, Stealth Consolidation in Asia
Over the years, many commentators on the Asian satellite market have wondered aloud about when consolidation of satellite operators in the region would finally occur. The stock answer given to the question is that Asia remains dominated by national operators with little interest in forfeiting the pride that is garnered by a country having its own flag satellites in space in exchange for a more economically rational overall Asian satellite market. Others have noted that often there are serious disparities between what some satellite operators think they are worth and what another operators may be willing to pay for them. Further, it is well known that regulatory issues can be a serious, if not insurmountable, barrier to consolidation.
FUTRON BRIEF, by Brendan Murray, Market Analyst, Space and Telecommunications
As no one individual can possibly know all about our industry, we rely upon proven expertise in various subject-matter arenas to help us understand various aspects of various market segments. One such firm is Futron, and Brendan Murray, the Market Analyst for Space and Telecommunications at Futron offers the following thoughts...
D.I.S. Consulting Brief, The NAB Show Holds Strong — Underscores Start of an Industry Recovery
Two primary gauges of industry improvement are the annual NAB Show and the USA’s Television Bureau of Advertising calculations of broadcaster budgets. Both seem to be indicating that the recovery everyone is hoping for is already under way. There may still be obstacles ahead, and setbacks, but irrefutable indications of a recovery are already evident.
FOCAL POINT: Safety @ Sea—SATCOM To The Rescue, by Carlton van Putten
In early 2009, the pirate hijacking of the Maersk Alabama and its 20-man US crew off the Somali coast garnered worldwide media attention. This recent attack shed light onto the constant threat vessels face when they are “off the grid” and out of country jurisdiction. This event, and other piracy-related activity since then, has thrust the spotlight on the absolute need for nautical safety by ship owners, managers, and crews.
FOCAL POINT: SatLink’s Gateway To Asia,
Asia represents an enormous challenge to companies who wish to penetrate this region’s broadcast markets. With a plethora of languages, religions, and political cultures, Asia presents a varied geographical makeup, which makes for an exciting, yet daunting, business market.
FOCAL POINT: Add Power As You Need It,
As the world’s insatiable thirst for information access continues to grow at an ever increasing rate, satellite service providers are faced with the need for power amplifiers that can deliver large amounts of linear power reliably. Today’s complex modulation and coding schemes increase the number of bits one can pack into a hertz of transponder bandwidth and when it comes to transmission, more bits requires more power. High-order modulation schemes become an inherent challenge when factors such as single-carrier spectral regrowth, multi-carrier intermodulation distortion with associated memory effect and AM/PM phase distortion are factored into the equation.
EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT ON... Ross Perrault, ProtoStar II Program Manager Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems
SatMagazine timed this interview with Mr. Perrault perfectly — only a few days ago as of this writing, ProtoStar II | IndoStar II was successfully launched by an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan.
When Rob Bednarek takes the podium as the featured keynote speaker at CASBAA on the eve of CommunicAsia in Singapore later this month, he will unveil the inner strategy driving his newly combined SES division’s global success. He will also share his view of the dynamic Asian markets and how his company’s energetic team and long-term participation in the market continues to help Asian customers to benefit from satellite services.
EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT ON... David Ball, Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Intelsat
Asia has become one of the most robust regions for satellite-enabled services. Throughout Intelsat’s nearly 45 year history in serving the countries of Asia-Pacific, it has introduced a variety of satellite services: the rollout of broadband infrastructures connecting island nations to mainland countries; the provision of satellite bandwidth for maritime communications; direct-to-home television platforms; and the delivery of regional and international programming, to name a few. David Ball, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific, recently shared his views on what is driving business growth in the region. Here is what he had to say:
INSIGHT — The Keys To Success In Asian Markets, by James Kramer
The Asian region is, and will continue to be, a growing market for satellite ground system providers. Due to the geographic make up of Asia, satellites are the perfect solution for providing the region with voice, data, and video services. As such, the need for satellite ground system infrastructure seemingly increases on a daily basis, with more and more requirements for satellite control systems, ground equipment/network management systems, and satellite earth stations. While successfully gaining market share in Asia can prove challenging, the potential rewards can be significant. Integral Systems has met its challenges and is a proven success in Asia, delivering every aspect of satellite ground systems while also rapidly moving into adjacent arenas (e.g., hybrid/cellular networks and remote site management).
INSIGHT: Hybrid Network Opportunities In Asia, by Laurence Peak
The analog to digital switchover is providing a major catalyst for operators to think differently about how they deliver pay-TV services. As the number of subscribers in Asia continues to grow, operators have a huge opportunity to increase ARPU with new and compelling content.
INSIGHT: Playing Our Role as Part of the Asia-Pacific Family, by Elliot Holokauahi Pulham
“The idea of the world’s economic, political, and cultural center moving from Europe to the Pacific region is already more than 100 years old. The term Pacific Age was coined in Japan in 1892, and around the turn of the century the idea was discussed in the United States and Australia. During the 1920s it became a catchword among Pacific liberal intellectuals, but the gloom of the 1930s ended the vision. In 1967 the idea reappeared in connection with the emerging Pacific integration process, and rapid economic development in East Asia has kept the optimistic vision alive since then.” The Pacific Age in World History Journal of World History - Volume 7, Number 1
CASE WORK: Minding Your Business, by by John Graham
Inventive use of satellites for major tourism promotions, Annual General Meetings, corporate dinners on live hook up, and prize draws are all part of a growing transmission demand for GlobeCast Australia.
CASE WORK: The Fleck Focus, by Michael Fleck
Many mothers and grandmothers across Australia were treated to a unique gift this past Mother’s Day. Australia’s best selling artist André Rieu returned to Australia for a special Mother’s Day visit to launch ‘Live In Australia’ on the big screen in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand.
CASE WORK: Power Flexing Satellite Links, by Max d'Oreye
Providing IP trunking services to ISPs in a highly competitive market with razor-thin margins requires constant scrutinizing of the operation expenses (OPEX). Satellite service providers, teleports or satellite operators that provide these services are faced with new and complex challenges to maintain their competitiveness, while remaining profitable. Implementing new technical solutions to deal with these challenges is more essential than ever. Technology should address the following business needs:
CASE WORK: Improving Bandwidth + Capacity For A Remote Location, by Adam Davison
Few people know the troubles of Norfolk Island, located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. In fact, few people may know of Norfolk Island at all. The tiny, self-governing island territory of Australia is home to about 2,000 people and covers just over 34 square kilometers. With only one airport and no railways, waterways, ports or harbours, the island’s remoteness and dependence on distant suppliers of goods and services, alongside its growing tourist industry means that residents and businesses are heavily dependent on a telecommunications infrastructure, which was heavily burdened by bandwidth and capacity limitations. Not surprisingly, they have only one telecommunications service provider on the island — Norfolk Telecom, a Government Business Enterprise wholly-owned and operated by the Administration of Norfolk Island.