Glowlink has begun offering SAMS, its new NexGen tool for satellite capacity and link planning.
SAMS can be used by satellite traffic planners to sort out satellite communications traffic, execute link budget analysis, and optimize space assets to fulfill objectives regarding data throughput and link performance. An additional benefit of the Glowlink product is that it costs only a faction of the price of comparable planning products.
Both fixed and mobile networks will be able to use SAMS. The program is compatible with aeronautical and maritime satellite networks. It is easy to use and employs a graphical and intuitive point-and-click interface, allowing users to plan traffic links and predict their performance on a link-by-link or network-wide basis.
SAMS can serve on its own as a link planning tool. It can also be integrated with Glowlink’s carrier monitoring systems to create an end-to-end, all inclusive network planning/management operation.
Furthermore, SAMS can add real-time carrier measurements into the refinement and assessment of planned traffic. All it takes to load a spectrum plan into the monitoring system is a single mouse click, and then the user can verify the performance of the planned traffic.
SAMS is a true turn-key, plug-and-play solution. Glowlink will include a SAMS Server and an integrated SAMS workstation with its tool.
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STM Group, the European Space Agency, and the Norwegian Space Centre are embarking on a project that will develop an integrated TDM/TDMA satellite Hub modem with very high-throughput speeds.
According to the announcement by STM, the final product will fit in a a compact 1U rack-mountable unit. The new satellite modem will enable 350 Mbps of IP throughput over DVB-S2 forward carriers and achieve symbol rates up to 200 Msps (Mega-symbols per second.) It will also support 64APSK modulation and other DVB-S2 extensions that DVB is currently standardizing.
Furthermore, the new STM modem will be able to handle burst demodulation for multiple DVB-RCS2 return carriers (maximum of 64 simultaneous unit) that are using ACM per burst to achieve an IP throughput of 150 Mbps.
An integrated Network Control Center (NCC) function will be built into the hardware platform, allowing the STM satellite modem to schedule TDMA return link bursts and track burst performance for a maximum of 10,000 active VSAT systems.
According to Helge Fanebust, Chief Technology Officer of STM, each rack unit of the new Hub modem can achieve a total throughput of 500 Mbps. This high throughput vastly exceeds the performance and density of competing satellite Hubs and will be of great benefit to VSAT networks that will use the High-Throughput Satellites. The compact Hub will also be suitable for smaller Hubs because of its smaller physical footprint and lower total cost of ownership.
A multinational satellite product and communications engineering company based in the United States and Europe, STM Group Inc. enables access to satellite broadband in central, urban, and remote regions of the world. The Company ‘s SatLink brand offers a complete selection of IP-based satellite network systems compliant with DVB-RCS & DVB-RCS2 standards and capable of operating in all frequency bands. STM products and services enable a broad range of IP based applications and see global service with consumers in the terrestrial, on-the-move, and maritime communication sectors.