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The Move to Full SCPC-TDMA Convergence

ImageOct 26th, 2012 by Carlos Placido   More from this Analyst | Profile

Shaped by the vision of an all-IP future, satellite markets served by TDMA and SCPC solutions have blurred over the past several years. Products and feature enhancements introduced by manufacturers at either camp have consistently reinforced this notion that, despite conceptually different ways of accessing satellite spectrum, there is increasing overlap among the market segments that TDMA and SCPC equipment vendors target.

One clear example of SCPC-TDMA convergence can be perceived in iDirect´s recent release of performance measurements on the Evolution X7 Remote. On October, 17th iDirect announced reaching 100 Mbps of aggregate IP throughput using the new X7 Evolution modem, operating with either TDMA or SCPC return access. Triple digits in Mbps of aggregate throughput flowing through a single site has, until recently, been only possible using SCPC modems.

For years, SCPC technology has been associated with dedicated point-to-point links and TDMA with shared multipoint applications. Peak data rates as well as network topologies and end-to-end latency requirements were also considered aspects defining which technology to use. However, these associations are gradually disappearing. The iDirect announcement follows a number of product launches and moves by other key players, reinforcing this notion of convergence. Sample developments include:

  • Gilat´s launch of the SkyEdge II Accent Dual Waveform VSAT, featuring a dual SCPC/TDMA return
  • Comtech´s development of the Advanced VSAT system, combining outbound DVB-S2 ACM with SCPC returns to better serve multipoint networks
  • Newtec´s diversification from broadcast and multipoint products towards TDMA and SCPC
  • Romantis´ release of a satellite router supporting various modes of operation and topologies including SCPC, TDM/SCPC, TDMA/TDMA and partial / full mesh

Beside the benefits of operating in both TDMA and SCPC modes at high speeds, one key aspect that NSR envisions will become the norm (when technology vendors introduce high-performing edge systems) is the ability to gradually incorporate software-definable enhancements that augment a platform´s future value. It is expected that iDirect will utilize the X7 Remote as a springboard to port process-intensive edge enhancements in future releases of its iDX management software.

Such an ability to simultaneously provide flexibility and performance is key in high data rate applications. Towards high-speed links, the CAPEX/OPEX value proposition shifts the attention to OPEX-saving considerations.  With most systems closely approaching the limits of efficiencies at the transport layer, future efficiencies will need to come from the use of sophisticated application-aware compression and bandwidth optimization.

The introduction of a high-speed modem by iDirect could also position the company as a flexible alternative to SCPC modems for high-speed links over specific high-throughput satellite (HTS) networks, such as O3b. Given the low-OPEX, high(er)-CAPEX characteristics of O3b (relative to traditional FSS) their value proposition will tend to make economic sense towards high data rates. For a long time, there have been questions of whether O3b would embrace SCPC solutions, TDMA or both. The iDirect X7 lowers the perceived risk by offering both TDMA and SCPC returns with high aggregate IP throughputs.

Bottom Line

Just like other aspects of the industry, satellite ground networks are being reshaped by the globalization of high-throughput satellites and technology evolution, enabling higher processing power at the network edge. Looking forward, NSR envisions interesting innovations like the X7 that will equip service providers and operators with new levels of flexibility, speed and operational enhancements.

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Major Businesses AT&T, Verizon see double-digit IPTV growth in Q3 2012

Michelle Clancy | 28-10-2012

IPTV continues to be a growth area for video in the United States, with the two biggest purveyors of the service, AT&T and Verizon Communications, both keeping up their records of subscriber additions in the third quarter of 2012.

AT&T saw a net addition of 198,000 U-verse TV subscribers and 613,000 high-speed Internet subscribers for the quarter—strengths that drove a 2% increase in wireline consumer revenue growth year-over-year—the telco’s best show in more than four years. U-verse TV customers totaled 4.3 million out of 7.4 million U-verse subscribers in the third quarter.

Third-quarter wireline revenue totaled $14.8 billion, a 1.6% decrease from last year’s figures, but its expenses, $12.9 billion, also decreased 2.1% year-over-year.

The news could be even better for the fourth quarter, as carrier is looking to convert at least three million of its 18 million DSL customers to its U-verse TV offerings. DSL broadband connections decreased by 42,000 in the third quarter, but the broadband average revenue per user (ARPU) increased almost 10% year-over-year as online video use has pushed users to convert to higher tiers of service.

“[Our] strong performance allows us to increase our free cash flow guidance to $18 billion or higher this year, exceeding our previous outlook by $2 billion,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, offering full-year guidance heading into Q4.

Verizon meanwhile saw a 4.6% year-over-year increase in consumer wireline revenues, the highest in a decade; and consumer ARPU was up 10.3% year over year, to $103.86.

The company added 119,000 new subscribers for FiOS TV, ending the quarter with 4.6 million video connections. That was less than the 150,000 that the telco was expecting, but still a year-over-year increase of 15.4%. The FiOS network now claims 17.4 million households. Verizon said that it expects to add 150,000 new TV additions in the fourth quarter as well.

Together, AT&T and Verizon claim 8.9 IPTV customers, accounting for the lion’s share of the U.S. customer base. Overall in the U.S., IPTV subscribers will more than double to 18.6 million in 2017, according to Parks Associates. Parks also said that satellite’s share of the pay-TV market will drop to 30% by 2017, while cable’s share will fall to 52%, even as IPTV’s will rise to 18%.The resulting competitive shift will drive cable in particular to roll out innovative service bundles in order to retain customers.

The firm said that IPTV will thus lead the next stage in pay-TV service growth as telcos leverage their fibre-based broadband offerings to attract new customers with advanced IP-based features and higher speeds to accommodate connected set-tops and TVs. A new, big player on the scene will impact the market as well: Google is rolling out fiber-based, 1Gbps Google Fiber+TV in Kansas City.

“Cable TV providers are losing subscribers to IPTV services from AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink,” said Jim O’Neill, Research Analyst, Parks Associates.. Satellite providers also will experience subscriber loss as telcos continue to expand fiber footprints, leverage pricing on triple- and quad-play bundles, and offer advanced TV Everywhere products. Going forward, subscriber retention will become the focus for cable and satellite providers.”

Read more: AT&T, Verizon see double-digit IPTV growth in Q3 2012 | Rapid TV News http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/at-t-verizon-see-double-digit-iptv-growth-in-q3-2012.html?utm_source=newsletter_843&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rapid-tv-news-current-edition-2810#ixzz2Ad4SzIOv

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Reflections observations of crossmedia from live stream

Reflections, observations of cross media from live stream

Using “Las huellas de Wuaneetunail” (The tracks of Wuaneetunail) performance real time animation by Yolanda Duarte for Sunday Matinees at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Bogota, as a case study for Streaming Media Europe, London October 15-17, via: http://www.livestream.com/hoeksteenlive

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by | 2012/10/05 · 16:26

Steve Hawley interviews Thomas Wrede, IBC 2012

Steve Hawley interviews Thomas Wrede, Commercial, Reception Systems, SES, during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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by | 2012/10/03 · 14:05

Steve Hawley interviews Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou,IBC 2012.

Steve Hawley interviews Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, Commercial, Africa, SES, during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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by | 2012/10/03 · 14:04

Steve Hawley interviews Ferdinand Kayser IBC 2012

Steve Hawley interviews Ferdinand Kayser CCO SES ASTRA Satellites during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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by | 2012/10/03 · 02:15

NL Campaing Watch 2012 Bart Robbers in Interview met Rob Zwetsloot

NL Verkiezingeng 2012, Rob Zwetsloot in interview met Bart Robbers D66.

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by | 2012/10/03 · 01:51

NL Campaign Watch 2012 Daniel de Wit met Rob Zwetsloot

Interview met Daniel de Wit # 27 SP met Rob Zwetsloot

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by | 2012/10/02 · 23:57

NL Campaing Watch 2012 Rob Zwetsloot met Meta Mejier 2 of 2.

NL Verkiezingeng 2012, Rob Zwetsloot in interview met Meta Mejier Kadidaat SP

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by | 2012/10/02 · 11:12

PvdA Beteugel financiële problemen scholen [NL 2012 CampaingWatch

door Jeroen Dijsselbloem op 3 september 2012

Financiële problemen van scholen vormen een gevaar voor de toekomst van het onderwijs. Daarom presenteert de Partij van de Arbeid een actieplan (pdf) om de deze problemen aan te pakken. Ook de Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb) luidt de noodkloken doet een beroep op de politiek om in te grijpen. Financiële problemen leiden tot slechter onderwijs. Het is dus zaak om scholen financieel gezond te houden.

De PvdA wil openbaar maken welke scholen onder verscherpt toezicht staan en ervoor zorgen dat ouders op de hoogte zijn van de financiële situatie waarin de school van hun kinderen verkeert. In ons plan maken wij daarnaast extra geld vrij voor actiever financieel toezicht door de Onderwijsinspectie. Scholen in de problemen moeten hulp inroepen om erger te voorkomen.

Een kort parlementair onderzoek moet de feiten rond de financiële positie van scholen snel boven tafel krijgen. Dit onderzoek moet aantonen of de financiering van scholen door de overheid op dit moment voldoende is en of scholen in de toekomst met deze middelen de steeds hoger wordende rekeningen kunnen betalen.

Scholen laten ons weten dat ze geen geld hebben voor de gewoonste zaken zoals schoonmaak, de energierekening en onderhoud van het gebouw, omdat de prijzen flink zijn gestegen. Er wordt steeds vaker in rode cijfers geschreven.

Aan de andere kant zijn er ook scholen die onnodig oppotten. Daar zou een maximum aan gesteld moeten worden. Gaan scholen daar overheen, zonder goede verklaring, dan moet er een korting op de bekostiging volgen. Onderwijsgeld moet immers ten goede komen aan goed onderwijs.

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