How does a direct connection from a satellite to a satellite segment converter device
Direct satellite-to-device (D2D) communication has been one of the most ambitious endeavors in the satellite communications industry for many years. Today, this initiative is translated into an exciting commercial reality.
To appreciate why this is a changing development in the satellite industry, it is important to explore what D2D is and its impact on different industries.
Simply put, a D2D connection is provided directly to an individual’s mobile phone or any standard mobile device – allowing people to be “on the move” while using the services. This means that users can communicate directly with the satellite without the need for a ground gateway. In some cases, the end user may be seamlessly connected to a satellite without realizing that it is connected through space.
Satellite-to-device technology is a transformative development. It enhances mobile network operators (MNOs) access to new customer segments through satellite communications, providing satellite operators with the opportunity to secure connectivity to existing mobile customers, when roaming outside of their land-based mobile signals.
In other words, D2D allows a standard device outside of terrestrial coverage to roam the satellite network, opening the door for satellite services to go mainstream and take advantage of mass-market production and distribution systems. In my view, this breakthrough will lead to a paradigm shift in key sectors, such as Internet of Things, handheld devices, and many more.
At present, the industry is standing at an inflection point with the development of new technologies associated with D2D which can help to cover major coverage gaps globally. The D2D line of satellite connectivity will enable telecommunications companies to meet the challenge of coverage – a long-standing impediment for more than 5 percent of the world’s population, as well as companies in industries ranging from agriculture to manufacturing.
The fact is that despite significant advances in terrestrial network coverage, large segments of the world’s population are still out of reach of mobile phone and Internet access.
Combining those who live off-network and those on the “edge” of coverage – or those we classify as receiving limited or weak signals – this lack of connectivity affects 570 million people, or 8.7 percent of the adult population.
By reaching this segment of the population, the D2D market has a combined multi-billion dollar incremental connectivity revenue opportunity by 2035, making it both commercially compelling and socially influential.
As a satellite solutions provider that has long recognized the potential of D2D, Yahsat is investing in enabling infrastructure that will support large-scale D2D deployment in the region and across our operating markets to play a key role for satellite and broader communications. industry.
The future of D2D is bright and the pioneers in this sector will be able to collectively contribute to the industry’s core ambition of connecting and empowering people. Direct satellite-to-device connectivity provides the industry with a bridge to connect disadvantaged communities, increase roaming coverage, and improve the long-term capacity of businesses.
Adopting this technology will allow us to deepen our impact as an industry and give the power of connection to the millions who need it.
Ali Al Hashemi is the CEO of satellite solutions provider in the UAE, Yahsat Group
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