Jul.30

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Introduction

Utilizing the announced Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites constellations of OneWeb, SpaceX, LeoSat & Samsung to provide high speed connectivity to entire Australian continent with performance better than fiber networks. This project can eliminate high cost NBN roll out to scattered populations and will considerably improve disaster management. Providing high speed connectivity for mobile communication, internet, high resolution TV broadcast as well as utilizing technologies like IoT & Cloud for improvement in security, education, health, agriculture, livestock farming, mineral resources, wildlife, and environment without any coverage black-spots. This network will not require any infrastructure installations and will help the Government to generate revenues by issuing spectrum licenses to local as well as foreign investors for providing services directly to the end user.

2011 Census

Census 2011
Source: Regional Statistics by ASGS, 2010-2014

Mobile Black Spot Program

The Australian Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver almost 500 new or upgraded mobile base stations around Australia

MBSP

Mobile Black Spot Program
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ource: https://data.gov.au/dataset/mobile-black-spot-programme-funded-base-stations

No or Poor Coverage

The Department of Communications and the Arts has received 10802 nominations of regional locations with poor or no mobile coverage from members of the public

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No or Poor Coverage Complains
Source: https://data.gov.au/dataset/community-reports-of-poor-or-no-mobile-coverage

Result

Scattered population, mainly based on the coastal areas with thousands of kilometers travel between big cities makes Australia prone to such area specific connectivity. This makes Australia a country of multiple virtual scattered islands.

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Challenges

  • Australia still lags behind every developed as well as many developing countries in terms of network availability and quality
  • Rolling out fiber, copper, microwave and even traditional satellite communication networks are expensive and require infrastructure installations
  • World of technology is developing every passing moment and amount of data communicated is increasing exponentially due to growth of technologies like; IoT, Cloud, HD TV, UHD TV, VR, AI etc. Current networks won’t be able to match this growth
  • Being the guardian of Antarctica and Great Barrier Reef, monitoring wildlife, environment, and marine life in real time is Australia’s responsibility. Again heavy costs and infrastructure requirements limit these observations
  • Disaster management in real time without dependency on infrastructure in remote regions
  • Managing agricultural farms, livestock monitoring in larger areas in real time
  • Education and health services in remote areas at lower costs
  • Broadcasting HD, UHD, 12K and 3D TV channels in urban and rural areas

Solution

Deployment of announced Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) High Throughput Satellites (HTS) constellations by SpaceX, OneWeb, Samsung and LeoSat will create corresponding networks of around 10,000 satellites orbiting the planet. With high capacity, lower latency, small terminals and global coverage these networks will easily substitute any terrestrial network.

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OneWeb Constellation (Source: http://spacenews.com/oneweb-satellites-to-settle-in-exploration-park-florida-with-eyes-on-business-beyond-oneweb/)

These constellations are inevitable and are backed by technology giants. Australia must adopt to the change and utilize maximum of the capacity from the networks, addressing all the above mentioned challenges with considerable lower CAPEX and OPEX. Australia can generate huge revenues as well by regulating the radio frequency allocations and by awarding licenses to local and foreign companies for providing the services. This change will be embraced happily by the public as well as they will be connected anywhere, anytime with best services and portable devices to eliminate limitations on mobility.

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Aug.26

Ring Computing

Is it the perfect time for Satellite industry to embrace advancement of nanotechnology and move up the ladder? In my previous article ‘Future of Satellite Communication’ I mentioned communication between adjacent satellites to create a pipe of 294,925 km. Imagine what this pipe or ring (as being used for the rings around Saturn, but here it won’t be visible) would capable to do, if satellites were not only used as a Physical Layer bridges. I am talking about On-Board processing, routing, switching and data storage.

This concept of ‘Ring Computing’ (‘Cloud Computing’ was already taken and it doesn’t resemble a cloud in any possible way) of will change commercial usage of Satellite Communication for end users, corporate, military and government sector. I am talking about an outer space WiFi mesh, BSS network or even IN, NSS & Core Network and backup data storage. Obviously this concept will require lot of research work and great deal of effort to influence multiple industries to participate and a huge amount of CAPEX. But once initiated it will have very low and stable OPEX as compared to hybrid networks with multiple stakeholders involved.

The deployment of ‘Ring Computing’ Network will not only provide user endless possibility of remaining online anywhere, anytime but will also be there to keep the people connected in case of a natural disaster without deploying any ad hoc network infrastructure. This concept will open the doors of endless opportunities to introduce new possibilities of communication to end users which previously were limited to GPS and Satellite Phones. This concept will serve the un-served and underserved areas without requiring installation of expensive communication infrastructure. Cellular operators operating in different countries will truly become global. Broadcasting and DTH TV Channel bundles will be available to anyone anywhere with valid subscription.

Other than mentioned benefits Satellite Operators name will become household names! A step of Satellite Communication industry will become a leap of Telecommunication industry.

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