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Top 10 AST Insights of 2023

2/1/23 | 4 minute read

In 2023 we launched our new website. One of the purposes of this new site was to publish insightful resources to help inform people about the intricacies of satellite communications. In this latest article, we look back at 2023 at the top 10 most viewed satellite articles from Applied Satellite Technology.

Below is the round up of the top satellite communications insights on our website, with links to each one to learn more.

What are the Differences Between LEO and GEO Satellites

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For many years, users of satellite communications have engaged in ongoing discussions about the effectiveness of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) versus Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) satellites in delivering communication services. Drawing on AST Networks' three decades of expertise in this field, we are well-positioned to explain the operational mechanics of each satellite constellation, highlight their primary distinctions, and demonstrate how their respective advantages cater to various applications.

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The Future of Satellite Communications Trends and Technologies to Watch

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Since the debut of the inaugural communications satellite, Telstar 1, in 1962, satellite communication technology has advanced significantly. Nowadays, satellite communication services are integral to numerous sectors worldwide, providing connectivity to people and enterprises, even in the most isolated locations. However, what does the future hold for satellite communication services? We delve into potential future trends in this article.

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OneWeb Satellites – A Game Changer for Remote Internet Access

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In the current era of digital technology, internet access has become increasingly essential. It plays a vital role in everyday life, from urban hubs to remote areas. Yet, numerous regions across the globe continue to experience a deficit in proper internet infrastructure. OneWeb is addressing this gap by offering remote internet connectivity via a network of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, aiming to revolutionise access in underserved areas.

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OneWeb Satellite Internet Connectivity – Which Vessels is it Suited for?

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OneWeb is introducing a highly cost-efficient satellite solution for sea-based connectivity to the market. This versatile satellite internet service is designed to cater to a wide range of maritime and marine industries. With a constellation of 618 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, OneWeb aims to meet the diverse digital requirements of various key maritime sectors and types of vessels. Learn more about the specific needs of different vessels that this service addresses in this article.

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What you need to consider when choosing maritime LEO connectivity

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When choosing maritime LEO connectivity, it's essential to recognise the importance of seamless, onshore-like connectivity at sea, even in remote areas, a belief shared by AST Networks and OneWeb. Utilising LEO satellites enables rapid ship-to-satellite communications, enhancing cloud solutions and remote control applications. This advancement facilitates autonomous vessels, better internet-of-things integration in maritime contexts, and real-time operational monitoring with clear video. Amidst growing competition from providers like Starlink, OneWeb and AST Networks distinguish themselves by adeptly addressing the evolving communication needs of the maritime industry.

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Discover the Top 6 Benefits of OneWeb Connectivity for Land and Maritime Sectors

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Discover the top six benefits of OneWeb Connectivity for land and maritime sectors, a solution that ranks among the most cost-effective for enhancing connectivity in remote regions. OneWeb's adaptable satellite internet services are specifically designed to improve internet availability in a wide array of industries, both on land and at sea, offering notable advantages for these sectors.

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AST Networks and OneWeb September 2023 Webinar

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Join AST Networks EMEA Technical Lead, Jonathan (Jonno) Lee, for an engaging exploration into the realm of OneWeb connectivity in an upcoming information-rich webinar. This session will cover a range of topics including OneWeb's expanding global coverage, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity worldwide. It will delve into the diverse service plans offered by OneWeb, crafted to suit various requirements. Additionally, the webinar will highlight how OneWeb's connectivity positively impacts both operations and crew in maritime settings. Attendees will also get a first look at the latest OneWeb hardware, aimed at elevating your connectivity experience, along with insights into the recent maritime Beta trials for OneWeb.

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LTE in Hybrid Networks: A Comprehensive Guide by Applied Satellite Technology Networks

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In today's era of worldwide connectivity, the need for dependable and effective communication networks is more critical than ever. The surge in remote work, global business activities, and the demand for uninterrupted connectivity have made technologies such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) increasingly essential.

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How Does Maritime Software Work?

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With the growing complexity of the shipping industry, the demand for sophisticated technology to streamline operations and enhance efficiency has never been greater. Maritime software now plays a vital role for shipping companies in managing their fleets, optimising routes and fuel usage, and maintaining adherence to international regulations.

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Sailing Towards Efficiency and Convenience: IoT Remote Control Solutions in the Maritime Industry


The maritime sector has consistently led the way in adopting cutting-edge technologies to improve operations and increase efficiency. Lately, the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) remote control solutions has initiated a significant shift in the maritime industry, marking a new era of technological transformation.

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Choosing the Right Maritime Software Platform: A Comprehensive Guide

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The maritime sector stands as a technologically sophisticated field, covering diverse activities such as shipping, transportation, naval defence, exploration, among others. As technology rapidly advances, there's an increasing necessity to stay updated and integrate appropriate tools for efficient operations. A key component in embracing this technological advancement is choosing the suitable maritime software that aligns with specific needs.

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