Ka-band is the next generation of satellite technology. The efficient spotbeams offer faster speeds and more cost-effective end-user solutions. Ka-band is the logical successor of Ku-band and very suitable for media, police and energy markets or other high demand users in the coverage area.
At the end of 2010, Eutelsat launched KA-SAT, the first European high-capacity multi-beam satellite to operate in Ka-band. KA-SAT is positioned at 9° East and has a total capacity of 70 Gbps. It delivers internet access and broadcast services towards Europe, North Africa and large parts of the Middle East. Commercial service started on KA-SAT at the end of May 2011.
KA-SAT’s revolutionary concept is based on a payload with 82 narrow Ka-band spotbeams connected to a network of ten ground stations. This configuration enables frequencies to be reused 20 times and takes total throughput to beyond 70 Gbps.
Fast internet for everyone
As a powerful new platfrom for delivering high-bandwidth services to users beyond the range of terrestrial networks, KA-SAT can deliver cost-effective and competitive solutions.
High throughput capability for professional applications
KA-SAT opens opportunities for cost effective Satellite Newsgathering, including in HD and 3D, using lightweight easily transportable uplink antennas. Broadcasters and video service providers can also take advantage of the spotbeam coverage of the KA-SAT satellite architecture to deliver content in a single beam for regional and local television and corporate TV networks.
KA-SAT will also respond to professional requirements for higher volume and bandwidth for applications ranging from private networks and internet backhaul to machine-to-machine connectivity.
Eutelsat KA-SAT Advantages
- higher bandwidths and speeds – ”more bits per hertz”
- smaller end-user antennas, enabling mobility and rapid deployment
- more cost-effective terminal equipment
- higher frequencies, enabling frequency re-use
- more efficient support of high bandwidth applications for demanding media, military and government
- less congested than Ku-band
Read more about Ka-band IP-over-satellite systems as an attractive alternative to SNG.