Though not obviously about satellite communications, I thought this Infographic by Josh Cantrell would be of interest and worth sharing.
So what has the above got to do with satellite communications?
The explosive growth in mobile traffic, which is set to dramatically increase as 4G rolls out across the world, directly impacts satellite communications. Have you ever asked yourself “How does all this mobile traffic get around the globe?”. While much of it gobbles up capacity on microwave links and fibreoptic backhaul, there are many areas in the world that don’t have enough, if any, of such infrastructure. In these cases the use of communications satellites provides immediate interconnections, with minimal infrastructure implementation and expenditure by the carriers.
Even the existing commercial satellite communications bands, C-Band and Ku-Band are filling up. Fortunately, the new Ka-Band frequencies are coming into their own, and Ka-Band can provide orders of magnitude more capacity. For two good White Papers about Ka-Band (one general; one Africa-specific) have a look at this link.
Many thanks to Stacy Parson, Director of Marketing at Branditup Media for flagging up this Infographic.