LeoSat CEO Mark Rigolle talks to Satellite Pro about how Low Earth Orbits are changing the future of communications.
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The current perception of satellite technology used for data transport is far from positive. It suffers from high latency, provides little throughput, and is costly. For most network engineers, it's an absolute last resort when there are no other alternatives. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if a satellite constellation were designed to the point where it provided an enterprise-grade connectivity, low latency, high throughput, and cost-effective solution anywhere in the world?
“What attracted me to LeoSat is that it was conceived from a customer need perspective. What really excites me is that we use the best satellite technology has on offer to, not only carry large data volumes premise-to-premise, but in many scenarios do so with lower latencies than terrestrial solutions; simply because light travels faster through space than through fiber”.
Unlike most large constellations that have surfaced in the past couple of years, LeoSat remains resolutely business-to-business. Its customers are not individual consumers in connectivity-starved locales, but corporate giants that need to move large quantities of data quickly and securely from one place to another, with about equal amounts of traffic moving in both directions….
“I am excited to be joining LeoSat at the moment it is developing from a project to a fully operational company," Rigolle said. "LeoSat has formulated a unique proposition to address real market needs of business customers around the globe, utilizing key attributes of low latency, high throughput and security”.
“We aim to provide extremely low latency and thus high-performance networking. Since we don’t use bent pipe architecture, we measure latency by how many hops he client’s data must pass to its destination. We project being able to carry high-bandwidth data from New York to Tokyo with a latency of under 140ms RTT. That is faster than the fastest fiber routes today”.