What does a satellite connectivity company do with 10 gigabits/second of new capacity? “Deliver it to customers” was an easy answer for Anuvu‘s EVP Connectivity Mike Pigott. But how that capacity gets allocated, and what it means for the company’s evolution of mobile connectivity is rather more complex.
Our strategy is to get to that hybrid network, and building bridges to it for our customers. We think it gives them the best technology of today, and a path to that best technology of the future. We’re in the business of supporting that evolution for our customers.– Anuvu EVP Connectivity Mike Pigott
Maritime to start
Pigott acknowledges that Anuvu’s “maritime vertical likely time to market is sooner than aviation” for this particular deal, confirming the supposition made when the announcement came out. But he’s also keen to see the system deliver to airlines.
After nearly five years since media demo flights, Anuvu’s Ka-band aero hardware is getting an update to support newer satellites. Suggesting that the prior iteration was “a little bit early to the market” because Ku-band was – and still is – the dominant network across the globe, Pigott sees upcoming satellites and terminal hardware advances enabling a bridge to the next generation of connectivity.
A continuum, not a cutover
Key to Anuvu’s network evolution is that the existing environment will not simply disappear. The investments, both by the company and its customers, are too great for that to make sense.
But Pigott also believes that the next generation of connectivity will require supporting multiple frequencies bands, multiple beams, and multiple orbits. The antenna technology to get there does not exist today. But there’s a hope it will.
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