Ka-band provides increased spectrum compared to C-band and Ku-band, enabling greater volumes of traffic to be transmitted. Many industries are looking to Ka-band because the smaller end-user antennas (VSATs), increased mobility and higher bandwidths and speeds make the benefits of Ka-band satellite capacity an attractive offering.
Over the next decade, demand for Ka-band satellite capacity is expected to grow, especially across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Communication applications including trunking and cellular backhaul services, broadband access, enterprise networks and government communications will demand more Ka-band capacity, opening up new satellite possibilities.
Advantages of Jabiru's Ka-band
- "Raw" capacity, not managed services
- "New" capacity, to supplement C- and Ku-band
- Regional beams like C- and Ku-band
- Steerable beams to accommodate evolving customer requirements
- Spot beams to provide high volume, highly focused coverage
- Connectivity between beams for added flexibility
- Higher bandwidths and speeds
- Smaller end-user antennas and increased mobility
- Cost-effective network deployments
- More efficient support of high bandwidth applications
- Targets enterprise and government markets
- Dedicated support with high quality, adaptable and secure connectivity
Not all Ka-band satellite are the same
As more and more satellite operators adopt Ka-band as the next frequency to satisfy the consumer market, Ka-band is often equated to consumer broadband, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and spot beams. However, contrary to popular misconceptions, spot beam systems were in fact pioneered at C-band. Thaicom's Ku-band HTS satellite, IPSTAR also features spot beam technology.
New Ka-band satellites utilise regional beams which essentially act like traditional C- and Ku-band capacity, therefore providing much needed "new" and "raw" capacity to meet the expanding demand for connectivity. Some Ka-band satellites also incorporate steerable beam technology, which is similar to regional beam technology, with the added advantage of flexibility.
Ka-band should more correctly be regarded as what it really is, a frequency band with additional spectrum which can be used for a wide variety of applications, just like C-band and Ku-band.