Standing firmly on ground with open doors

From transmitting and receiving ground networks to the space and vice versa, the Earth station is an intermediary medium that connects the planet to the outside world beyond Earth. As remote and isolated as these facilities may be situated, the infrastructure within the facility is opening its doors to welcome new technologies that have the potential to revolutionise its entire ecosystem.

The worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 21.4% in 2018 to total US$186.4 billion, up from $153.5 billion in 2017, according to Gartner, a global research and advisory firm.

Due to its flexibility, cloud technology has been largely embraced by industries across all sectors, including the broadcast and media industry for many of its applications across the entire video content lifecycle — from acquisition through to transmission and delivery. Although public cloud revenue is growing more strongly than initially forecast, Gartner still expects growth rates to stabilise from 2018 onwards, reflecting the increasingly mainstream status and maturity that public cloud services will gain within a wider IT spending mix.

In an attempt to explore the opportunities that partnerships with cloud service providers are able to offer teleports, the World Teleport Association (WTA) has released the organisation’s first report on the adoption of cloud services, Clear Skies or Stormy Weather? Cloud Services for Teleport Operators. The report also reveals the technical and policy requirements for interconnections, as well as analysing the competitive threat that cloud operators present and how teleport operators can best respond.

As a satellite ground station that performs as a hub connecting satellites with telecommunications networks, teleports have always been in the business of creating and managing capacity — of networks, of transmission systems, of analogue and digital processing — for shared use by their customers.

The full story is available in the APB September 2018 issue.


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