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Mobile Satellite Service Satellite Design

Mobile Satellite Service Satellite Design

MSS providers offer satellite-based communications directly to consumers through devices such as mobile phones. Traditionally, MSS has provided basic voice and data services to ships and locations underserved by terrestrial facilities. MSS is also particularly valuable in the aftermath of natural disasters where terrestrial infrastructure is damaged or overwhelmed due to surges in data and voice traffic.


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Year: 2013
The original and still-dominant MSS operator, Inmarsat, uses a fleet of nine GEO satellites to provide mobile services to land, maritime, and aviation customers. Since its founding in 1979, Inmarsat’s core business had always been voice and low-rate data transmissions to maritime...
Year: 2012
Country: United States
MSS providers offer satellite-based communications directly to consumers through devices such as mobile phones. Traditionally, these satellites have provided basic voice and data services to receivers aboard ships and in other places underserved by terrestrial facilities, such as isolated rural...
Year: 2011
Total MSS revenues in 2010 reached $1.38 billion, an 8.8% increase over the previous year, and are expected to exceed $2.2 billion by 2020.1 The market is dominated by two players: the United Kingdom’s Inmarsat and U.S.-based Iridium.
Year: 2010
The global MSS market is dominated by two players: the UK’s Inmarsat and U.S.-based Iridium. They accounted for 55% and 25% of the market, respectively.1 Both companies have garnered a number of contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, which supplements its own networks with commercial...
Year: 2009
MSS provider Globalstar is developing its second-generation constellation to replace existing satellites that have had technical problems since early 2007. The problems have severely degraded its two-way voice and data services, leaving customers with only one-way communication. In March 2009, the...
Year: 2008
Country: United States
A new MSS venture was announced in September 2008. With the backing of $60 million from Google, HSBC, and Liberty Global, the “Other 3 Billion” (O3b) network was introduced. The O3b network targets the three billion consumers living in less developed countries mainly along the equator who do...
Year: 2005
Bundled offerings and partnerships with terrestrial companies are expanding. New spectrum allocations support this growth, includingMSS with Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC). Advanced mobile phone services with data and video are leveraging satellite backhaul capabilities.1
Year: 2005
Satellites are used to send television news feeds from news vans directly to broadcast distributors. News vans transmit in the C- and Ku-bands to distributors via GEO satellites.

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