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What is the Future for Broadband Tactical Satellite Communications?
26 November 2012
What is the Future for Broadband Tactical Satellite Communications?

Workshop Overview

Satellite links provide a key capability widely used by military commanders for tactical communications. UHF and L-Band systems are in widespread use; however, the adoption of higher frequency, higher data rate, systems has been “the next big thing” for a number of years and, for land systems, reality has never quite matched expectations. This workshop will explore the key technical and commercial enablers and challenges that affect the success of higher frequency broadband tactical services. Bringing in perspectives from satellite operators, service providers and equipment suppliers, the workshop will explore these challenges in the context of the current pressures on defence spending and look at the prospects for broadband tactical satellite communications over the next decade.

Workshop agenda

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13:00

Registration & Coffee

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13:30

Setting the Scene

  • The insatiable demand for satellite bandwidth
  • Early days of satellite communications on the move (SOTM)
  • SOTM in the Naval environment
  • SOTM on military aircraft and UAVs
  • Tactical satellite communications on the battlefield
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    14:30

    Networking Coffee Break

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    15:00

    What are the potential game changers?

  • The satellite segment – benefits and shortcomings of moving to Ka-Band
  • Advances in Network management
  • Dealing with the interference issue
  • Improving the waveform
  • Improving terminal performance

    - More efficient RF amplifiers
    - Smarter antennas
    - Understanding and improving the tracking performance
     

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    16:30

    What does the future hold?

  • A satellite operators perspective
  • An equipment suppliers perspective
  • A service provider perspective
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    17:00

    Close of Workshop

    Millennium Gloucester Hotel

    Harrington Gardens
    London SW7 4LH
    United Kingdom

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