Medium/Low Earth Orbit satellites, improving latency
Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites circle around the earth at a distance of around 1,000km and mid range satellites (MEO) are located at about 8,000km. Being closer to the earth has a latency benefit resulting in a drop in the delay time, this is the time it takes for your data to complete a round trip (RTT), going from earth to satellite and back again. MEO latency is 180 milliseconds and LEO of 40 milliseconds, the new LEO satellite “constellations” will allow noticeably faster response times that are important for various applications such as Internet browsing, messenger or online chats, Voice over IP (VoIP), gaming, and an essential part if you are conducting High Frequency Trading (HFT).
LEO Satellite Constellation
Who will provide this?
Our partners have begun deployment of their LEO solutions, a network of satellites that create an orbiting communication mesh covering the entire globe. With guaranteed speeds to single terminals as well as polar-orbit coverage, allow us to provide our customers with the most extensive, lowest latency and fastest available global satellite coverage.
OmniAccess has partnered with SpaceX as an authorised integrator to offer Starlink Maritime, now available to superyachts, cruise ships and research vessels under our nextGen FUSION data plan.
FUSION seamlessly combines Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency Internet with high reliability VSAT, uncapped LTS (4G/5G) mobile data and terrestrial connectivity into a seamless user experience, that is now managed under a single service contract.
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How does it work?
Rather than having to follow one geostationary satellite, yachts will be able to follow various satellite beams simultaneously. These satellites will be significantly closer to earth, reducing the latency of the signal, and their capacity to link between provides redundancy to guarantee the service.
What are the advantages of the LEO constellation?
• Low Latency 30-50ms
• Lower costs
• Complete global coverage
• Higher look angle
• Flexible and focused Capacity where required
• Less interference
• Inter Satellite links offer optimal routing
What should I, as a client, take into consideration?
Existing Antennas may need to be replaced or updated, but here the specifications are not clear yet and these replacement could be timed in-line with service expectancy.
At Omniaccess we are already looking into flexible solutions for our clients to make the transition as smooth as possible. In any case, we expect the return on switching to LEO to massively outweigh the possible investments required and will provide periodic updates for our clients as soon as further details are made available.
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