Satellite Internet Service Progress by Telesat

Telesat Test One
Telesat LEO-1, artist’s conception.
Credit SSTL

CIS 471 has the details:

In their quarterly report, Telesat mentioned progress in two, disparate markets. As I noted earlier, they have signed their first LEO customer — Omniaccess a provider of connectivity to the superyacht market. Telesat is a Canadian firm and the quarterly report also said Canada’s 2019 Federal budget included a commitment to using LEO satellite services to help bridge the digital divide. They will be serving Russian oligarchs and rural Canadians.

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Telesat’s coolest development was the announcement that they had demonstrated 5G mobile backhaul. They collaborated with Vodaphone and the University of Surrey in a test of their experimental satellites and recorded round trip latency of 18-40 milliseconds. The demonstration supported video chatting, Web browsing and simultaneous streaming of up to 8K video. The team also transferred 4K video to the edge of the 5G network. SES is already providing mobile backhaul using their middle-earth orbit satellites and it seems that the new LEO constellations will be competing with them. This will be an important application for rural areas and developing nations.

Blue emphasis added.  This has huge potential for rural communities as 5G mini-towers need to be connected to a broadband connection, and satellites access will cost less than laying fiber to every rural mini-tower.  However, this backhaul will not support applications requiring low latency response times, such as self-driving vehicles. However, some 5G is better than no 5G.

 

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