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The mobile satellite communications market is experiencing strong growth globally with mobile workers, cargo, and remote applications driving the industry. This diverse market consists of handsets, modems, ships, human passengers, and machine-to-machine (M2M) modules that bring satellite services to a diverse range of applications, further driving rapid traffic growth and bandwidth demand from machines and humans alike.

As a result of this, however, Satellite Communications (SATCOM) service providers are straining to keep up with this tremendous demand and growth. They are challenged to seamlessly integrate with terrestrial networks, and as if this is not enough, much like the similar challenges faced my terrestrial mobile operators, they also need a solid plan for how they will address the data traffic explosion coming onto their networks in the next three to five years.

That is where Cisco Evolved Packet Core Satellite Radio Access Network solution (or EPC SatRAN for those who prefer acronyms) comes into play.  It provides a standards-based approach to integrate satellite networks with terrestrial mobile networks while providing the ability to create feature-rich service models that can be developed once but deployed many times.  With EPC SatRAN, Satellite Operators can:

Let’s take a look at how one sector – the maritime industry – makes use of Cisco’s EPC SatRAN solution.

Vessel owners can monitor ship-tracking data from anywhere, securely; they can monitor and enable emergency crew welfare services in real time; and it enhances the on-board passenger experience through access to mobile data and any relevant content like product ads and games – enabling vessel owners to generate additional revenues.  All of this can be done without a human ever stepping on board.

That’s because Cisco’s EPC SatRAN solution works behind the scenes, seamlessly connecting the vessel to a land-based point of presence and accessing the nearest terrestrial telecom system in order to analyze data and make necessary decisions, much like small cells do with macrocell networks today.

This solution brings together:

Cisco’s SatRAN-oriented architecture even helps Communications Service Providers and Satellite Operators offer multi-tenant cloud-based services, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), to not only make this solution applicable to the mobile internet but to the cloud as well.

Whether it is bringing together different access types or technologies or even land and sea, the network is connecting them all and helping to bring the Internet of Everything into reality.

Happy (and connected) sailing.

To learn more, please visit Cisco EPC SatRAN solution.

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  1. An interesting blog!

    Although SatCOM is still sort of a niche market, it is growing rapidly; especially, it provides a viable access and transport technology that other access technologies cannot replace, e.g., macro-cellular or fixed broadband.

    According to the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) released 2012 annual report, global satellite industry revenues grew by 175% for the period from 2001 through 2011, an average of 10.7% growth per year; in 2011, the industry grew by 5% and topped US $177.3 Billion in revenues.

    The Mobile Satellite services revenues grew by 4%, from $2.3 Billion in 2010 to $2.4 Billion in 2011, of which mobile telephony services revenues grew faster, at 11%, than mobile data services revenues, at 3%, but mobile data services revenues still comprise about three-quarters of overall mobile satellite services revenues.

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