Thrane & Thrane, Volvo & VSAT

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

4 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Inmarsat is about to embark on Ka Band (20GHz Downlink and 30 GHz uplink)that has the potential to provide significantly lower costs per bit due to available transmit and receive bandwidths for aviation applications.
    Does viasat plan to use its Ka Band experience to provide Ka Band commercially any time soon?

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I don’t know what ViaSat is up to, Dave, but Inmarsat’s overall VSAT project promises the following:
    “With the deployment of Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress network from the end of 2014, we will be able to offer customers mobile broadband speeds of 50Mbps to terminals as small as 60cms, and speeds of up to 10Mbps to terminals as small as 20cm.”
    Promo video here:
    No surprise really that Thrane & Thrane is slated to manufacture Global Xpress systems.

  3. John Minetola says:

    Remember a couple years ago when we (on Panbo) were explaining how DirecTV was using the new Ka-band so they could put more channels and Hi-Def on a satellite?
    Well, this all ties together now, with the same situation for data instead of TV. Viasat, Inmarsat and a few satellite owners in Europe and elsewhere who serve remote areas are using Ka to provide more internet space to customers. Divide the cost of a satellite by the increased number of users of Ka to see how the price of the service will go down, or the quantity of bits/bytes that you get for your money will go up.
    “another satcoms geek with a drink in my hand”

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    KVH’s test facility now has a “hexapod motion table” able to simulate extreme sea conditions for even its latest LARGE stabilized antennas. Video here:

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