NYSBR Q3.3: GEO 2.0 and the Outernet
What happens when the old and young meet and bring to the world best of breed connectivity – or collide in the chase for its rich market share, capital and The Future??
In an industry where terrestrial and orbital, once contestants in a bitter communications technology “religious war,” have found convergence and common ground around technologies such as 5G and soon 6G and where deals such as Apple and Globalstar show the innovation that can occur with these platforms, the next question is, “When will there be true multi-layer connectivity that can readily connect EVERYTHING without complicating the customer experiences?”
Further, when will the 5 billion unconnected find the Internet with ease and make the “Middle of Nowhere” no more?
Some believe “the Outernet” has the right idea and is the new Big Idea for space and satellite communications. The Outernet is the brainchild of a New York-based tech company of the same name. A free content distribution system that would provide basic web access through broadcast via a series of geostationary (GEO) and low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, as well as cubesats using datacasting and User Datagram Protocols.
What do established, profitable GEO leaders, such as Hughes Network Systems, with its extraordinary new Jupiter-3 satellite now in orbit think about this and the future of connectivity and satellite industry investments? Can it work with upstarts?
In September, the New York Space Business Roundtable will ask these questions as only the Roundtable can. We’ll see if the Outernet is outer nuts and if GEO has entered a new era that will be even more potent than the first. Or not.
Our guests include:
- William Mudge, Vice President Engineering Operations, USA, Speedcast
- Joe Bernabucci, Dir of Strategy & Market Intelligence, Hughes
- Steve Nixon, President and Co-Founder, SmallSat Alliance