There are a small number of satellite communications services available today for customers. The bulk of these services are mostly regional and, therefore, businesses have to limit their operations and procedures to the bandwidth and coverage that is available to them. What most companies are unaware off is that there are new Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations that can provide global connectivity without sacrificing bandwidth. In fact, networks such as Kepler’s offer a significantly higher capacity for users needing to transfer large amounts of data for a low cost.
Here is what you didn’t know about Kepler’s Global Data Service and how you can find greater leverage to raise your business performance to new levels.
Tell us about Global Data Service (GDS). How it is different from other satellite data services currently available?
[Jeffrey Osborne] Global Data Service is an ultra-high-capacity satellite communications service, specifically geared towards moving bulk quantities of delay-tolerant data from customers around the globe, literally from pole-to-pole.
[Nathan Robinson] There are other satellite services available today, but the minute you need to move hundreds of GBs of data you exceed the capabilities of the system. Kepler’s GDS fills that void – we can move hundreds to thousands of GBs from anywhere in the world.
For a low price-per-GB fee, customers find our service rather complementary to persistent satellite communication services, given that customers can route their data traffic intelligently to minimize overall bandwidth costs and improve link utilization.
You mentioned the global nature of the service. Why is this unique?
[Nathan] Today, satellite service is by and large regional. In the Geostationary world, you have a beam, that covers a fixed spot on the ground, and when you move outside of that beam you either lose coverage or need to switch to another provider. With Kepler, each one of our satellites covers the entire globe. There is no spot that isn’t in view of our satellites multiple times per 24 hour period.
[Jeffrey] This also means that our high-bandwidth service is available in regions where geostationary satellites do not have coverage, such as at the north and south poles.
So then who is GDS intended for? What are the applications that require, or could benefit from, high-bandwidth global data transfers?[Jeffrey] In a nutshell, Kepler’s Global Data Service is applicable for customers in industries that require remote connectivity and who need to move large data files. This could include data files like movies, audio files, imagery, mapping & science data, as well as machine data.
[Nathan] Exactly. Broadly speaking GDS is intended for anyone who needs to move large quantities of data. This breaks down into 3 key segments: 1) Users who operate beyond the coverage of traditional satellite services, such as at the Poles or deep sea. 2) Users who move so much data that it’s cost-prohibitive to use satellite technology today – for example, survey ships, seismology, and offshore oil & gas platform all generate GBs of data in their daily activities which they often move by hard drive due to the cost of moving it via satellite. And finally, 3) Users who generate large quantities of data at scheduled intervals and want to optimize the satcoms they are paying for today.
There are other up-and-coming solutions in the global broadband sector provided through large low-Earth-orbit constellation. Why would customers choose Kepler’s solution over other broadband real-time networks?
[Jeffrey] We actually get this question a lot. It’s important to note that Global Data Service is not a ‘broadband’ service. Our service is optimized for moving large data files, and the trade-off made is that it isn’t that great for latency-critical applications. You would still need a traditional Satcom service for things like telephone and regular internet browsing. Global Data Service is quite complementary to traditional as well as up-and-coming broadband satellite services by providing a lower-cost way to route large data files that are delay-tolerant.
What are the pre-requisites for installation and provisioning of GDS?
[Nathan] There are two main components to the GDS solution: First, you need a compatible VSAT. We have successfully integrated with a variety of maritime stabilized and auto-acquire fly-away antennas. This means that if you have a Ku-band steerable VSAT, chances are we can use that antenna without you needing to buy new costly VSAT hardware. The second component is a rack-mounted modem to establish connection with the network and handle file transfer, which Kepler will provide.
When will Kepler’s Global Data Service be available, and how does someone get signed up?
[Jeffrey] With our two demonstration satellites currently on-orbit, Kepler is right now delivering this service. As we scale up the size of the network with an additional 12 satellites launching over the next 18 months, the bandwidth capacity of the network will also scale. To sign up, customers can reach out directly to Kepler to kickstart a trial.
That is all for now. Hope you found these answers helpful, and if you have any other questions that were not covered in this article, please send us an email at email@example.com and let us know. Your feedback is very valuable, and your questions will help us address other people’s concerns in future Q&As.
Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Jeffrey Osborne is Kepler Communications’ co-founder and VP of Business Development. He is responsible for the company’s various market segments and services, including its two initial Satcom offerings for wideband and narrowband communications. Jeffrey’s creative thinking and pragmatic approach to business strategy has helped Kepler secure some of the most important partnerships and early customers.
Director of Sales
Nathan brings over 20 years of business development and technology evangelizing experience to Kepler, with the majority of that in wireless communications. In his role as Director of Sales, Nathan is leading front-line engagements with partners and end users around the world.