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The Future of Satellite Communications: Trends and Technologies to Watch

15/6/23 | 2 minute read

Satellite communication has come a long way since the launch of the first communications satellite, Telstar 1, back in 1962. Today, satellite communications services are used across multiple industries and around the globe, connecting people and businesses in even the most remote areas. But what does the future of satellite communications services look like?

As technology continues to advance, the future of satellite communications is brighter than ever before. In this blog, we'll explore some of the trends and technologies that are shaping the future of satellite communications.

Eutelsat OneWeb: A New Era of Global Connectivity Using LEO (Low Earth Orbit) Satellites


One of the most exciting developments in satellite communications is the emergence of Eutelsat OneWeb. This global communications network is being built in low Earth orbit, using a constellation of satellites to provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity to users around the world.

With OneWeb, even the most remote locations will have access to fast, reliable internet connectivity. The satellite service is set to revolutionise the way we think about global connectivity, with potential applications in areas such as maritime, offshore energy, and disaster response.

Maritime Software Solutions: Optimising Communication and Safety at Sea

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Another key trend in satellite communications is the development of maritime software solutions. These tools are designed to optimise communication between vessels, crews, and onshore teams, providing real-time information and improving safety at sea. From satellite communication systems to weather routing software, maritime software solutions can help shipping businesses reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve overall performance.

AST Networks' INTEGRA maritime software suite is one such next-generation communication platform that integrates all onboard communication systems into a single, easy-to-use interface. This platform enables visibility and control of onboard connectivity services for crew and shore-based teams, allowing for efficient decision-making and enhanced safety.

Maritime software, such as INTEGRA, can also enable efficient management of bandwidth and protection against cybersecurity risks. With bandwidth management, vessel operators can limit data usage to control costs. Excessive use of data, (for example streaming media online,) can be expensive, so to be able to manage and control the use of different applications is a game changing asset to many organisations

Internet of Things (IoT): Connecting Devices and Data

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is another trend that is revolutionising satellite communications. By connecting devices and data in real-time, IoT has the potential to transform industries such as agriculture, offshore energy, logistics, and utilities. Satellites play a crucial role in IoT, providing the connectivity needed to link devices and data across vast distances. With the global reach of satellite communications services, IoT can connect even the most remote assets in the world’s most isolated locations.

5G and Beyond: Faster, More Reliable Connectivity

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Finally, the evolution of 5G and beyond is set to transform satellite communications services, providing faster, more reliable connectivity than ever before. 5G networks will offer higher speeds, lower latency, and more capacity, enabling a wide range of new applications and services. For satellite communications, 5G will enable new applications such as virtual and augmented reality. For example, an engineer may be able to diagnose a problem on a ship in a virtual representation of the vessel, without the need to travel.

In conclusion, the future of satellite communications is exciting and full of potential. With the emergence of new constellations such as OneWeb, the development of maritime software solutions, the growth of IoT, and the evolution of 5G, we are entering a new era of global connectivity. As businesses and individuals increasingly rely on satellite communications services, we can expect to see even more innovation and advancement in the years to come.

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