In Europe, Africa and much of North America, satellite capacity is currently as tight as it has ever been. That’s great news for the satellite carriers, who can charge a premium for the capacity they have left. But it’s not such great news for their customers. As a result, getting more throughput from satellite bandwidth is now the goal of every Globecomm system and service. How do we do it? In most cases, it comes down to how you design, monitor and manage the network.
Designing It Right
For mobile carriers, our award-winning, demand-assigned SatCell technology optimizes mobile signaling and backhaul traffic for transmission as IP via satellite. Rather than following mobile network tradition – assigning a fixed amount of bandwidth to each base station – SatCell uses a hybrid architecture customized to the network’s traffic volumes and patterns. It prioritizes traffic, dynamically shares bandwidth among base stations, and deploys higher-order modulation where needed. The result is a dramatic reduction in the bandwidth required to connect base stations, often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
For a recent air traffic control communications project in the Middle East, we designed a network to aggregate phone calls, wire circuits, asynchronous data service, IP data and 4-wire voice for air-to-ground circuits onto a single TDMA frame relay platform over satellite. Nobody had ever done it before. But we believed it would deliver high reliability while dramatically decreasing the amount of bandwidth needed to support the network. And it did.
To support troops in the field, Globecomm engineered a friendly-force tracking system that combines GPS and Inmarsat capacity to provide dynamic mapping of hundreds of vehicles in the field as well as text-based messaging among field units and with headquarters. The amount of satellite bandwidth involved is small, but the benefit to the troops and their commanders has been enormous.
Managing It Right
In each case, network design was important. But so was network management. Networks are dynamic, and small changes on the ground can have a ripple effect that impacts the efficiency of the entire network. Depending on what our customers want, we train their staff to monitor and continuously optimize the network, or we monitor, manage and optimize from our own Network Operations Center.
These are just a few examples of the many ways Globecomm works to bring communications – whether by satellite, fiber, microwave or wireless – to the next level of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Rather than asking you to adopt the technology we happen to offer, we develop and provide solutions from best-of-breed technologies, based on the enormous combined experience of one of the largest engineering staffs the business. For help with your next project, contact Globecomm today.