Technology

Key Realities

  • Demand for mobile bandwidth continues to increase.
  • Global connectivity must become ubiquitous.
  • Mobile spectrum and availability is limited.
  • Space is the next frontier for capacity.
  • The satellite industry is poised for change.
  • New MEO and LEO constellations are attracting significant investments.

Kymeta provides a scalable solution with its smart antenna.

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The Satellite Market

  • Satellite industry has been stagnant.
  • Less than 10% of the earth is covered by wireless and the spectrum is limited and getting very congested.
  • Today’s estimates suggest that only 40-60% of the world’s population has LTE wireless access today.
  • The satellite industry is at an inflection point with large investments being made in MEO and LEO constellations.

Kymeta – What connectivity is meant to be.

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Micro-wave transmission using a parabolic reflector. Leathercote Point, Spring 1931.
Dover Express
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Terrestrial vs Satellite Spectrum

The good news is that there is over five thousand times more spectrum available via satellite with a global footprint. The problem is that we use most of this spectrum for fixed services because the current antenna technology cannot access this bandwidth. Kymeta is solving this problem by replacing the current parabolic satellite dish technology with a flat antenna that can be steered electronically and track a moving satellite from a mobile platform.

As the new space race emerges with companies launching low earth orbit (LEO) and medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellations, Kymeta will meet this new era of mobility with best-in-class technology to unlock this potential.

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Why Today’s Satellite Technology Doesn’t Work

  • Current solutions will not work on small mobile platforms like automobiles and leisure boats.
  • Current solutions cannot be mass produced and therefore are expensive.
  • Current solutions are bulky and heavy.
  • Current solutions are slow.
  • Current solutions are expensive to use.
  • Current solutions are mechanically adjusted and pointed.

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Kymeta Antenna vs Traditional Parabolic Dish

Metamaterials Enable New Antenna Technology

Kymeta uses metamaterials in the manufacturing of its antenna technology. Metamaterials are created by arranging naturally occurring materials in a specific pattern that produces a specific electromagnetic response that is not found in nature. Kymeta has taken this concept and applied it to its mTenna® technology to create the world’s first metamaterials-based, slim, electronically steerable antenna.

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Manufacturability

What is the value in creating a world-changing technology if everyone can’t take advantage of it?

From its inception, Kymeta has focused on production methods that will support manufacturing in high volume in order to bring internet access to areas that have never had it before. By utilizing the $250 billion manufacturing infrastructure in the LCD display industry, Kymeta will be able to mass produce its antenna subsystem modules. As production economies of scale are realized, Kymeta will be able to make communications available to everyone across all boundaries.

Footage provided by SHARP Corporation.

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