The satellite telecommunications sector has entered a phase of major change in the delivery of ubiquitous consumer and enterprise broadband through the use of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTS) which can deliver more than x 20 the data capacity of traditional satellites at a fraction of the cost per bit.
The delivery of these high throughput data services requires the use of the high frequency Ka and Q/V-bands and a much larger number, of the order of tens or hundreds, of gateways.
However, Ka and Q/V-band communications links are subject to significant atmospheric impairments, primarily from rain, which, if not managed, can lead to significant service outages. Furthermore, the vast number of gateways and switching required to deliver these services presents design and operational challenges that have not been faced before.
Atheras Analytics has developed a suite of software tools to meet these challenges and enable satellite operators to optimise the design and operation of their next-generation, multi-gateway satellite networks that are becoming essential to deliver high throughput satellite (HTS) services globally.
The SGD Design Tool enables satellite operators to optimise the design of their next-generation, multi-gateway satellite networks to provide the most cost-effective design.
The SGD Operational Tool uses AI-techniques to enable operators to pro-actively and effectively manage both simple two-station diversity gateways and more complex Smart Gateway Diversity (SGD) arrangements by predicting outages and automatically transferring traffic to alternate gateways before outages occur.
UTOPiA is an application that uses the same outage prediction algorithm as the SGD Operational Tool to forecast outages to a Ka-band or Q/V-band VSAT terminal at a specific location so that appropriate mitigating action can be taken.