Category Archives: Why SatCom Is Cool

Really? THAT’S driving the market?

We live in a pixelated world, really we do. Think about the last time you went 20 minutes without some sort of glowing screen in your face; computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, TV, even the coffee machine in our office has a touch screen!

There was a recent article in the Boston Globe that discussed the negative correlation between ‘screen’ time and family time. We seem to want to text, post, tweet, update and surf more and more and from anywhere and everywhere we travel. And I’m not just talking about ‘tweens and teens who need to – OMG – update my Facebook status to my BFF and that joke made me ROFLMAO. Businesses are demanding increased abilities when sending and receiving data and the user’s location is irrelevant – we want our data now!

THIS is what is helping to drive the Satcom market. We’re seeing functionality being built for increased bandwidth and applications. I had been contacted by a mobile company a few years back and they wanted me to sell their games to the
Satcom networks. Games? To satellite networks? Now, back then I was pretty sure that nobody using a satellite phone would want to play games on their phone.  Today, into the future……well, now I’m not so sure.

Between Inmarsat’s Global Xpress, Iridium’s NEXT and Globalstar’s second generation of  satellites, bandwidth is the driver and mobile apps seem to be making inroads to the Satcom community. I personally have never understood the need to stay connected 24/7/365 no matter what, where, why or how (which may seem ironic, given the business I lead), however, I know there are those who absolutely have to upload that picture they just took 200 miles offshore. Whatever you want, the industry will make it work for you. And that is the nature of business; identify a need, fulfill it and charge money for it.

Satcom is a great business; life-saving solutions, business communications from anywhere, picture updates on your terms and connectivity for all.  This is what the market wants so this is what the market gets, and will get mor of into the future as bandwidth increases.

Just don’t expect MY status updates when I’m in the middle of nowhere.

Inflight Wi-Fi

 

USA Today article, “More Airlines Add Wi-FI but  Fliers Balk at Paying,” discussess the fact that in-flight Wi-Fi has not taken off at the rate previously expected.  To connect or not to connect – I see both sides of the issue.

For connecting – I am posting this blog from 33,000 ft.  And in today’s fast-paced, instant answers, 24/7 business environment, who wouldn’t want to get ahead of the pending e-mail barrage while en route, rather than getting slammed once you arrive?  Unless you have something urgently pending, do you really need to sit on a plane tapping away?  Sure, why not, clear the decks…..

On the other hand, I understand why NOT to connect to Wi-Fi.  It costs $10-$15 per flight, depending on the flight duration.  Today’s connection cost me $9.95 for a two hour and 20 minute (actually less as we approach 10,000 ft.)  “In-air experience,” as the GoGo web page says.  Is it really worth it?  For me, yes, although I also align myself with one person quoted in the article – in the air is a time to relax, watch something mindless on TV or video, read a book or snooze.  Why pay for the privilege of connecting and “staying on-grid?”  It all depends on your view of the service and what you have that needs your attention.  Some of my favorite flights are 14 hours – time to read, watch a movie, eat, sleep – all beyond the reach of as the interviewee said ‘the annoying red blinking light of my Blackberry’.  The USA Today article also pointed out that if it was free, take-up would obviously be much higher.  Usage rates have increased from 4% to 7% although GoGo is still losing money. 

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, In-flight Wi-Fi is a result of the innovation side of the Satcom business.  The aerodynamic dome antenna on the room of the plane makes it possible.  The little box and transmitter in the cabin make it possible.  The company that processes my credit card and opens the port makes it possible.  And it is a possibility that drive this business – the compulsion to answer the “What if,” questions.  What else can we do with this pipe that provides connection anywhere?  How else does this help travelers, whether military, businesses, explorers, or adventure-seekers?  This thinking, this asking the question that prompts the answer, is the miracle of Satcom.  It is the catalyst that fuels the engine, that drives us, the alluring possibility that there is something else that can be accomplished with these magical spacecraft that hover and fly around our giant blue earth.

So next time you have the opportunity to connect on a plane, freely debate the merits that is only functional.  But take a second to celebrate the fact that it CAN be done.  Enjoy the fact that if you want to connect, you can.  That is the true miracle of this industry.

Satellite Phones and the 2011 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season and satellite phones are a necessity for coastal regions this time of the year. The tropics have been eerily quiet so far, but just today The Weather Channel announced some activity in the Northwestern Caribbean in the form of a tropical wave with a second one close behind. While the two systems are not expected to develop into hurricanes, they are good reminders to be prepared with back up communication before it is too late.

At GlobaFone, we are ready to respond to clients in need of satellite phones in hurricane prone areas , and can also lend planning advice to get ready for the season as well. In addition, we advise readers to take a look at the American Red Cross hurricance preparedness checklist for important safety tips and supply lists. An additional resource for storm readiness is via Ready America. And most importantly, for optimal communication, anyone living along coastal locations which could be impacted by hurricanes should of course have a satellite phone.

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