January 31, 2019

LeoSat - Building a new digital infrastructure in Space


The first backbone in space designed for global business - enabling economic growth across the globe

1) Big Data is Driving the Need for New Infrastructure

Data volumes are exploding, more data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.  We are entering the Zeta Byte era.  Global networks now carry more than 1 Zeta Byte of traffic globally, and is forecasted to continue to grow exponentially*. This will have a lasting effect on the satellite industry. In 2024, the satellite data market is expected to surpass the $10b mark** This is bigger than the entire satellite capacity market in 2016. [FSS revenue in 2016 was $10.6b] [CAGRs 2017 – 2024 in terms of volume 30%, in terms of revenue 17%].

Growth drivers are:

  • Consumer demand – by 2020 there will be over 6 billion smartphone users, up from 4.5 billion today. Traffic per smartphone will increase almost 8x, from 359 MB/month today to 2.8 GB/month in 2020
  • Companies entering the Big Data era – Digital Ship, Digital Oilfield, eMedicine etc.
  • Cloud - By 2020, at least a third of all data will pass through the cloud
  • IoT – 50 billion smart connected devices in the world, all developed to collect, analyze and share data.

Companies clearly see the benefits of Big Data, 73% of organizations have already invested or plan to invest in big data by 2017.

  • For a typical Fortune 1000 company, just a 10% increase in data accessibility will result in more than $65 million additional net income.
  • Retailers who leverage the full power of big data could increase their operating margins by as much as 60%.

2) Digital Business Models Transforming the Landscape

Companies and Government organizations have already come a long way in digitizing their business processes, both the internal administrative and logistic processes but also in interacting with customers and suppliers.

A second more recent trend is the move to cloud based applications. These trends mean businesses need reliable always-on connectivity wherever they operate. This can be particularly challenging for businesses with mobile and remote operations. Ships at sea, for instance, are becoming mobile offices which rely heavily on robust and reliable connectivity to the cloud. Similar examples can be found in oil and gas where the latest trend is the transformation to the “digital oilfield” automation of in-field processes in combination with shared services on-shore will significantly enhance efficiency. This increasing demand to move large quantities of data quickly and efficiently around the world is fast outpacing the infrastructure needed to carry it.

3) Low Earth Orbit and the Digital Infrastructure

The rapidly advancing price/performance capability of computing, storage, and bandwidth is contributing to an adoption rate for the digital infrastructure that is two to five times faster than previous infrastructures, such as electricity and telephone networks.  By 2020 there will be 50bn internet enabled devices. Those 50bn devices will become interconnected into a web of the ‘internet of things’ for the ‘intelligent home’ and ‘smart cities’.  And the business world is also becoming increasingly data-driven, cloud-based and trans-national. To support the digital ecosystem, a number of new space-based infrastructure systems are in development.

A new system such as LeoSat’s, which focuses on the unmet demand for very high speed and high throughput enterprise data networking with low latency, high security and global availability, is seen as a game-changer.  Our low earth orbit satellite constellation, using inter-satellite laser link technology is a departure from existing solutions today, pairing the speed of fiber with the ubiquity of satellite.    Up until now, the perception of satellite infrastructure for data communications was that of a last resort.  With LeoSat that is now changing.  We will not only bring about a paradigm shift in the existing satellites services market, we will help to expand these markets by enabling new opportunities through previously unavailable levels of performance combined with true worldwide reach.

4) Unmatched Reliability and Security for Enterprise Communications

For the Enterprise Communications sector with the need to move large, sensitive amounts of data around the world, reliability and security are key components of a critical data network.  LeoSat’s advanced and unique system architecture is able to highly encrypt and logically separate and route the data as it flows through the system allowing the company to deliver the highest performing, most secure, furthest reaching network in the world.   With LeoSat, data travels in its native form, but is encrypted and secure from end-to-end across an optical satellite network, with no terrestrial touch points.  Enterprise communications can now rely on LeoSat for domestic and international data transport, communications backhaul or hosted solutions that are not only completely secure but delivered faster than on any other satellite or terrestrial network.

5) New Opportunities for the Telecom & Media sector

Wired and wireless carriers are up against a rapidly shifting technology landscape.  The transformational impact of digitization and the shift from 4G to 5G continues to drive telecommunications operators’ most critical strategic and operational decisions.  This trend governs how telecom companies try to monetize their infrastructure investments and exploding data traffic, boost newly needed capabilities, rationalize their product and service offerings, improve the customer experience, and evolve their asset portfolios and business models. “Always on” connectivity and smart data analysis and management require resilient and future-proof networks to deliver connectivity and services.   LeoSat’s new touchless architecture is in fact an optical backbone in space which is 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber backbones.  For telecoms operators and companies managing the shift to digital, and the need to extend existing network infrastructure, we can provide instant digital infrastructure from anywhere to everywhere which is fast, secure and reliable, opening up a wide range of new opportunities for telecom and media companies. 

6) Cybersecurity - Capabilities Beyond Satellite and Beyond Fiber

The issue of Cybersecurity has been highlighted as a critical feature of business communications.  The LeoSat constellation is designed with absolute security and resiliency in mind.  Data will travel end to end across a single encrypted network, bypassing gateways and terrestrial infrastructure. This physically separated network ensures security on the lowest physical level whilst high-level encryption adds to the physical separation. Additionally, the multi-satellite (up to 108) constellation provides inherent redundancy, should issues arise with a single satellite. At any one time, there are always 2-7 satellites in view, depending on the latitude of operation. Regardless of technical or weather issues there are alternatives to route traffic. This underlines the myriad of safety options and high availability capabilities that the LeoSat constellation has inherently built in to ensure absolute security for data communications.

*[Source Bell Labs]. 

**[Source NSR]. 

Melanie Dickie
VP Marketing & Communications, LeoSat Enterprises
Tel: +31 6 14 22 97 62

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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