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Connecting the World with Seamless, Always-On Mobile Communications

Escrito por Lisa Dreher el 25/02/2018 a las 12:46:54

(Director of Marketing in Kymeta)

According to Cisco’s Visual Network Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2016-2021 white paper, mobile connectivity demand is growing 47 percent annually (CAGR). By 2020, there will be 30 billion connected devices around the world, and by 2021, mobile traffic will reach 49 exabytes per month. Rail, bus, connected car, autonomous cars, vessels, mobile and fixed IoT, and first responders are among the growing applications for mobile connectivity; the expectation and requirement for seamless, always-on, on-the-move communications in these, and other applications, is driving demand and growth of connectivity solutions to never before seen thresholds.


Astonishing Gaps Exist in Global Communications Coverage


And yet, despite ever-increasing global demand for connectivity, the International Telecommunication Council reported in June 2017 that 49 percent of the world’s population still remains without access to the internet. This lack of access is not limited to those who live, work, or conduct business in the world’s developing and least developed countries. Gaps in coverage are also commonplace in rural or remote areas worldwide, and anywhere on the ocean. While broadband and cellular networks offer strong, reliable coverage within cities, areas outside of cities may have no coverage at all.


Cellular Connectivity -- Even with 5G Cellular -- Isn’t a Complete Solution


As the demand for seamless, high-throughput, reliable mobile communications increases, cellular as a sole solution is showing its limitations. While LTE, 4G, and 3G cellular network coverage is increasing around the world, Open Signal reported in June 2017 that tests indicated access to LTE networks around the world just 60% of the time, and the average LTE speed worldwide is 16.2 mbps. While 5G will increase average speeds and decrease latency in mobile coverage by bridging gaps between cellular networks, it alone cannot solve the most glaring issues for seamless communications. LTE services have proven practical for urban areas; however, rural coverage remains poor. The same is true for maritime, where cellular coverage is not an option. Further, the prohibitive costs associated with building out cellular infrastructure are compounded by the reality that the terrestrial spectrum is a finite resource.


Satellite is Set to Launch, But Isn’t a Complete Solution


While the limitations of 5G and LTE cellular coverage are being realized, Kymeta is focusing on technical capabilities and availability of satellite spectrum. The FCC has allocated bandwidth between 300 MHz – 30 GHz for fixed satellite spectrum with X300 Geostationary (GSO) and Non-Geostationary (NGSO) slots, while terrestrial mobile is allocated only a fraction of this spectrum. Massive available spectrum is not the only reason that satellite is positioned to feed the world’s appetite for connectivity. The costs of accessing satellite spectrum are ever-decreasing, dropping with each new solution, including the rapid development of new Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites by companies like OneWeb. As LEO satellite constellations—which will host satellites that move from horizon to horizon in 3-5 minutes—launch, truly mobile connectivity for connected cars, autonomous cars, rail, bus, IoT, and vessels will become a fast-implemented reality.


However, satellite, like cellular, has limitations.


In order for mobile connected devices to remain connected, antennas need a view of the satellites in the sky and  visibility can be an issue in cities where urban canyons of large buildings, tunnels, and other infrastructure block lines of sight.


Kymeta Holds the Key to Seamless, Always-On Mobile Communications


Kymeta resolves cellular and satellite limitations by creating a hybrid cellular-satellite solution that allowing for seamless, always-on mobile communications.


Kymeta enables or enhances connectivity across major markets including land-based fixed and mobile, maritime, and aviation by pairing its K?LO™ internet services and KyWay™ terminals into one seamless, easy-to-commission, and easy-to-use solution. Unlike traditional satellite communications solutions, Kymeta’s antennas have no moving parts. They are flat panel and easy to install virtually anywhere. They  are lightweight (~18kg), have low power consumption, and provide secure, reliable, easy-to-buy high-throughput internet access services.


For the future of seamless mobile communications, Kymeta is the only commercially-available technology interoperable across satellite and LTE (3G, 4G, 5G). The Kymeta service will work with both current and future satellite solutions, including current GEO satellite networks, and upcoming Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO), and LEO satellite networks. Kymeta’s mTenna™ ASM is the first satellite antenna designed for mass production and scalability, helping to further decrease the costs of growing mobile communications consumption.


As global demand for connectivity continues to increase, the need for a reliable hybrid cellular-satellite solution will also increase. Kymeta solutions, available now, meet the growing the demand for a seamless, always-on mobile communications experience, and are positioned to unlock the full potential of satellite, while complementing cellular, and combining the most powerful features of both solutions.