COMMStellationTM Will Address Global Wireless Backhaul Demand
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MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI) (formerly the Space Division of Dynacon Inc.), Canada's designer and builder of the Multi Mission Microsatellite Bus (MMMB) and
Commercial Microsatellite Bus (CMB), is pleased to announce the
development of COMMStellationTM, a polar communications constellation comprised of 78 microsatellites
that will orbit the Earth at 1,000 km, providing backhaul capacity
while connecting remote regions of the Earth to the Internet.
"The influx of millions of data-hungry mobile devices, such as
smartphones and tablets, is causing unprecedented strain on mobile
networks, which have already reached, or are nearing, capacity,"
explains David R. Cooper, President and CEO, MSCI. "COMMStellationTM will provide essential backhaul capacity to mobile operators across the
globe. It's an initiative many governments are pushing for because of
its ability to connect all of Earth's citizens to the Internet."
Companies such as RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Nokia, Yahoo!,
Facebook, and Netflix, whose business models increasingly rely on
high-speed Internet communications to stream data, are reliant on
mobile operators and Internet service providers to enable fast,
reliable, and uninterrupted data transfer. "While demand for backhaul
bandwidth grows exponentially, there is downward pressure on consumer
wireless pricing," explains Michael Neuman, former CEO of Bell
ExpressVu Satellite TV and Founder of Elevest Corporation. "This
situation, together with the need to reach economically challenged
population centers, calls for an innovative, low-cost satellite
"High-speed backhaul infrastructure is the single most important enabler
to the growth of Internet business models and wealth generation," adds Mr. Cooper. "If a
country does not have it - it will fall behind."
"COMMStellationTM is a completely unique solution born from non-traditional thinking,"
says Justin Phillips, VP Marketing, MSCI. "Until now, no one in the
industry has been able to find the manufacturing cost and scheduling
efficiencies, and cost-effective microsatellite technology to enable an
economically viable constellation of satellites to provide 100% global
O3b (Other Three Billion), a network service provider, is launching an
initial constellation of eight medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites into
space at an altitude of 8,000 km to address the backhaul market for the
"other three billion" - i.e. those with limited or no access to the
In comparison, MSCI's microsatellite technology enables a constellation
of 78 polar low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites at 1,000 km above the
Earth - in other words, an orbit eight times closer to the customer.
COMMStellationTM will provide over five times the data bandwidth density, even at the
equator, for the same satellite output, and all for hundreds of
millions less cost. In addition, COMMStellationTM will provide 1/8 the data latency, ten times the total constellation
capacity, and potentially provide bandwidth to any of Earth's 6.9 billion (estimate) population, not just the "other three
As noted by Elizabeth Tweedie at the COMSYS VSAT 2010 Conference (http://www.satellitemarkets.com/node/732), the demand for backhaul is so great that even "…with a full
constellation, O3b addresses less than 0.5% of the Emerging Markets
[for] 3G backhaul…"
MSCI is partnering with some of the top global leaders in
satellite-communications technology to provide the antenna payload and
to integrate with MSCI`s proven Multi Mission Microsatellite Bus (MMMB)
architecture. MSCI continues to discuss partnerships with other
companies with complementary interests.
"We are looking for service providers who want to improve service to
their customers, technology partners who can bring complementary
technologies to the COMMStellationTM initiative, military or industrial leaders who are looking for
strategic communications to and from remote areas, and governments that
want to improve the lives of all citizens - not only those who live in
well served urban areas," says Mr. Cooper.
If you are interested in joining our partnership group, or would like to
know more, visit the COMMStellationTM website at www.commstellation.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule a call via Justin Phillips, VP Marketing, MSCI at
MSCI is Canada's leader in the design, development, and delivery of
cost-effective microsatellites, and the developer of Canada's Multi
Mission Microsatellite Bus (MMMB) and Commercial Microsatellite Bus
(CMB) technology. These satellites are capable of hosting a wide
variety of remote sensing, military, scientific, and communications
payloads, including COMMStellationTM, a microsatellite constellation focused on global backhaul
For more information about MSCI, please visit www.mscinc.ca. Additional product-specific information about MSCI's MicroWheel
(reaction wheel) attitude control systems can be found at www.reactionwheel.com, and COMMStellationTM at www.commstellation.com.
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