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Dave Rehbehn with Swati Ghandi, a sales engineer based in Gurgaon India, and Pranav Roach, president of Hughes India
The CASBAA and CommunicAsia events in Singapore this year were a welcome and successful opportunity for the Hughes team to engage with our friends, colleagues and partners in the region. At CASBAA, on Monday, June 25, I participated in an industry panel on 5G and satellite. While 5G is still years away from widespread deployment, the panel discussed the impact of 5G on the satellite industry, and the Asia Pacific region in particular. While spectrum availability continues to be a concern across the satellite industry, the general consensus is that 5G is destined to bring more opportunities for...READ MORE
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With the existing and near term use of space for a myriad of activities, including new constellations of satellites and space commerce and travel, there is an immediate need for the development and implementation of a comprehensive U.S. domestic and international Space Traffic Management (“STM”) policy. To be effective, this policy must address objects in all aspects of the use of the orbital and space resource no matter how close or far to earth and no matter how many space objects there are. The STM policy must be dynamic to be able to address the future uses of the space resources and also...READ MORE
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An important benefit of satellite broadband service is that it is relatively quick for users within the coverage of a broadband satellite to receive service because there are existing facilities and the satellite broadband user terminal can be installed in a matter of hours. Potential consumers of satellite broadband service in many countries, however, will not realize this benefit due to the time consuming and burdensome user terminal licensing process imposed by some regulators. For example, some countries require satellite broadband providers to obtain an individual license for each user te...READ MORE
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An important goal of the FCC in its Universal Service Fund (USF) rulemakings is the make available to underserved portions of the country access to advanced communications services. While a significant amount of the funding available for this purpose is being distributed as part of its Connect America Fund Phase I (CAF I) auction, for areas where there is no taker, this will be handled in its Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) auction. Earlier this year, the FCC adopted its CAF II bidding weighting order, [1] which gave a significant bidding advantage to lower latency, higher-speed service...READ MORE