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SATCOM on the Move for Military Users

Keeping connected while on the move through resilient satellite communications

The explosion in the accessibility and capability of smart devices has caused modern military forces to rethink their approach to mobility and communications. The need to receive military-grade surveillance imagery, send encrypted messages and data files, conduct video conferencing on the move, or even control drones, all from a single smart device, means that the model of static headquarters controlling layers (or echelons) of forces, each with their command and control nodes, is no longer a safe or practical way of working.Satellite communication on the move

To mitigate this vulnerability, military forces are increasingly turning to mobility as a way to maintain the operational advantage. De-centralising command and control, re-focusing on mission command, rapid movement of command nodes (e.g. every 2-hours rather than every 2-days) and the maintenance of all-informed networks while on the move, are the new concepts driving operational communications in the field.

These concepts demand secure and resilient high throughput communications and devices. Furthermore, central to this evolving concept of operations is the need for SATCOM on the Move (SOTM), which is an element of the wider capability “Communications on the Move”.

SOTM will provide military and government users:

However, until now, the data rates achievable through Satellite on the Move have only hinted at the possible capabilities and applications that military users might benefit from. Conventional SOTM solutions have offered 1 or 2Mbps and some have suffered from losing satellite lock, particularly in congested or urban environments. Despite this, SOTM capabilities have evolved in recent years, with a range of solutions on the market offering voice and narrowband data to on the move terminals at varying qualities of service and price.

While SOTM can now be delivered across X, Ku and Ka-band satellites, it is only with the development of Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology that the data rates have started to support the streaming of HD-quality imagery and video. Additionally, through Ka-band, the cost of SOTM has dropped sufficiently, enabling it to become deployed at a scalable usage.

The Ka Advantage

HTS Ka-band technology offers substantial operational advantages over legacy VSAT systems, especially for Satellite on the Move:

Avanti SOTM

Avanti’s HYLAS satellite fleet exclusively utilises Ka-band High Throughput Satellite technology and provides extensive coverage across the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Our satellite broadband services provide military and government users the latest in secure, robust and ultra-reliable communications.

We have been focused working on Satcom on the Move and its advanced capabilities; from on ground vehicles to UAVs, and through this, we have developed a wealth of experience in operating very small form-factor terminals and delivering secure and resilient connectivity.

With our experience in SOTM and government connectivity services, combined with our innovation and flexibility, we can offer a range of solutions and products, ranging from fully managed services to pure bandwidth to suit the fluid and demanding requirements military and government users require.

More Information

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We provide secure & resillient Ka-band communications for defence & security for remote government offices & military bases to disaster recovery.