Satellite Internet Mobilizes

Satphone/LTE startup Lightsquared announced yesterday that Qualcomm will integrate L-Band LTE technology into its mainstream chipset and collaborate with the company in delivering products. LightSquared is also working with Nokia on branded, data-centric devices, which are to be commercially available in the third quarter of 2011–when LightSquared expects to commercially launch its network.

Earlier this week the company said it has closed $850 million in financing. Qualcomm’s MDM9200 integrated baseband and radio frequency chip, the industry’s first integrated multi-mode, single-chip 3G/LTE solution, supports both FDD and TDD modes of LTE, and are expected to become available in mid-2011. The LightSquared network, anticipated to consist of approximately 40,000 cellular base stations, is expected to cover 92 percent of the U.S. population by the end of 2015.

A new generation of satphone satellite platforms, such as LightSquared, promise to deliver broadband speeds right to a pocket phone using giant 60 ft antennas in space. LightSpeed hopes to launch service during the second half of 2011 and cover at least 100 million Americans by December 31, 2012; 145 million by the end of 2013; and 288 million by the end of 2015.

Their service will be limited to the U.S. and Canada, however, and will not extend far into the oceans.

For maritime service, products like the TracPhone V7, by KVH Industries, an electronics firm based in Middletown, Rhode Island can provide voice and data. TracPhone V7 is a mini-VSAT for maritime broadband.

The TracPhone can avoid the high fees of Inmarsat by using commercial satellites and motion tracking antennas. KVH says their mini-VSAT Broadband network was designed from the ground up to be the first next-generation maritime satellite communications solution, using a global spread spectrum satellite network.

The commercial-grade KVH TracPhone V7, was the first FCC-approved 24″ (60 cm) VSAT antenna. Service is delivered by 11 satellite transponders and 8 secure earth stations and offers voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2Mbps (download) with significant cost savings compared to competing services such as Inmarsat.

The in-motion TracVision M1 is the world’s smallest and lightest satellite TV system for boats. It offers the solid tracking and in-motion performance typically associated with larger antennas, while fitting the sleek exterior design of vessels as
small as 20 feet. The TracVision M1’s small size, easy setup, Whisper Drive motor technology, and versatile mounting options mean that installation can be customized to meet the needs of just about any boater, on any vessel.

KVH TracVision A5 ($2,295 plus display panels) puts DirecTV in your car using a 5-inch-high dome mounted atop your SUV or van. Inside the dome is a flattened satellite dish on a motorized, self-aligning turntable. It costs $4.99 a month on top of your existing DirecTV bill.

RaySat has a phased Array Antenna that receives satellite TV (DirecTV or DISH) and one version has two-way Internet capabilities. Cost is $2,000 – $3,500.

The StealthRay 5000 can be configured for use with virtually any Ku band satellite to enable IP connectivity on fast-moving vehicles for real-time, high-quality, streaming video, VoIP and high-speed data applications. RaySat Antenna Systems have a low profile and rotate automatically to find the satellite and never needs to be raised for positioning.

While phased array antennas can be smaller and faster to lock on a signal, their efficiency can’t yet match “real” dishes, and you need a lot more power for transmitting than you do for receive.

Brian Brawdy’s RV (above) uses a solar power generator that produces 1800 watts to drive a Motosat satellite dish, popular with may RV users who need remote internet access. MotoSAT is showing off their the new MESA line (Motorized Earth Station Antenna) at the 2010 Offshore communications show in Houston TX. November 3-4.

SpeedStream.TV has a rugged backpack that includes all the hardware needed to stream remote live video. It uses multiple 3g or 4G dongles for the backhaul. LiveU’s cellular backpack concurrently bonds up to 12 cellular (3G/4G) channels. Nomad Innovations has an embedded WiMAX radio for professional newsgathering camcorders.

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