Demand for affordable broadband is insatiable, and not just for home and office users, but for mobile users as well. Cisco estimates that:

“Two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2016…

The average smartphone will generate 2.6 GB of traffic per month in 2016.”

Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast Projects 18-Fold Growth in Global Mobile Internet Data Traffic From 2011 to 2016

Kymeta believes all users, wherever they go, will demand and depend upon affordable broadband communications. A passenger on an aircraft, ship or train expects to be able to access the same kind of video-rich content that they otherwise would routinely access at home or in the office. Why would they expect anything less?

Although terrestrial wireless will cover the majority of the population, it will not cover the oceans, skies and vast stretches of the land. Furthermore, even when wireless is available in ex-urban regions, it rarely delivers true and contiguous broadband.

Recognizing the user’s needs and limitations of terrestrial technology, major satellite operators have begun deploying a new generation of extremely high throughput satellites (HTS) primarily in the Ka-band. While today’s traditional Ku-band satellites, such as those used for direct-to-home TV, typically only offer about 1 Gbps of total throughput, some of the new Ka-band satellites will deliver as much as 100 times this capacity. The upshot is, for the first time, HTS satellites will deliver high speed Internet access at DSL or 3G cellular data price points over the vast majority of the Earth. As an example, Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellites will provide near ubiquitous Ka-band coverage from just 3 satellites in geostationary orbit.

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite
Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite
Images courtesy of Inmarsat