Gartner Research

High-Speed Satcom Is More Relevant Than Ever for the Enterprise

Published: 21 July 2016

ID: G00308013

Analyst(s): Jay E. Pultz, Bill Menezes


Rapid expansion in availability of high-speed Ka band satellite broadband connectivity has made it a more viable enterprise option for remote sites or business continuity plans. Network service and BCM executives should use this technology whenever it meets their price and performance requirements.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Ka band satellite data service using VSATs now has a nearly global footprint, filling gaps where enterprises previously had limited or no coverage
  • Deployment of Ka for purposes such as airline Wi-Fi and low-latency broadband satellite coverage of remote regions has made those services more viable for enterprise use
  • "Rain fade" signal attenuation is greater for Ka service than for legacy services such as Ku band satcom, limiting its effectiveness for high-availability applications in some regions

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