Whether you are watching a live football match, checking your email, or even making a phone call, it is likely that you are benefiting from a satellite connection.  For more than 40 years, satellite technologies have proven their capabilities in delivering reliable and resilient communications connectivity to citizens even to the most remote regions of the world.  In fact, satellite technologies have become such an integral element of the global telecommunications infrastructure that satellite services are often taken for granted.



Satellite connections are responsible for the delivery of news, sports and entertainment programming to homes throughout the world.  From program distribution, transmission of news footage, and delivery of direct-to-home services, satellites are essential for ensuring that citizens have access to up-to-the-minute information.



Corporations, governments and telecommunications carriers around the world require powerful, secure and reliable satellite capacity for the high-speed transmission of timely and sensitive information and telephony signals.  Satellites can also be implemented to extend commercial terrestrial voice and data networks where infrastructure is limited or costly to deploy, linking communities that previously have had limited access to telephony and data services.


Satellite connections can help extend Internet backbone connectivity to virtually any spot on the globe.  Even in locations where Internet connections are currently slow and unreliable due to inadequate land-based infrastructure, satellite services have the capability to establish broadband-level throughputs and for locations where no connections exists, satellites can provide the request path to, as well as the return path from for Internet connectivity.


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In the dynamic telecommunications environment, nothing stands still.  FSS operators and service providers are constantly innovating to enhance services for citizens and take full advantage of the benefits of Next Generation Network (NGN) and IP technologies.  Satellite technologies deliver critical applications over a wide array of services, and thanks to technological advances, satellites can provide these same services, even more efficiently, more-cost effectively and to wider populations than ever before, with new and exciting services being implemented each year.

Technological Advances

Future satellite networks will benefit from many advances:

  • More powerful satellites
  • Smaller, more easily deployable, and lower cost equipment and end-user terminals
  • Reduced installation costs with more automation for configuring networks
  • Satellites for Broadband Applications: frequency re-use, significantly larger number of terminals per satellite
  • IP Interfaces


Broadband access is now viewed as an integral part of day-to-day life and essential to participation in the global economy.  Satellite providers are playing a key role in the provision of broadband services – and the applications they enable – specifically as a solution for rural and remote areas.

Convergence and Triple Play

As networks everywhere converge to provide consumers with multiple services over a single platform, satellite providers are able to fully participate in this competitive market environment due to integration with DTH, wireless and other terrestrial technologies, enabling triple-play offerings.