SkyHub is a telecommunication product developed and deployed jointly with AzerCosmos, that unlike traditional low-speed point-to-point satellite links, offers high-speed, terrestrial-like satellite telecommunication bandwidth to its customers. Thanks to the latest satellite technologies, capacities of AzerCosmos satellites, and priceless efforts of our creative teams, access to such high satellite capacities as 100 Mbps is now a reality.
Traditional point-to-point satellite links with dedicated bandwidth can be simply illustrated as a thin pipe with fixed diameter (read bandwidth) that is always the same regardless of actual traffic demand and weather conditions.
While SkyHub can be illustrated as an high-tech pipe which changes its diameter every second. Bandwidth can never be less than minimally required and can allow a much higher traffic in case of demand and availability of free capacity in SkyHub pool.
When calculating a budget for traditional point-to-point satellite links, delivery of dedicated bandwidth requirements have been usually based on the worst weather conditions, ensuring link’s 99.8% weather availability, which is especially important for O&G customers. Bandwidth in satellite links with high weather availability rate is 25% – 70% more expensive than the ones operating in average or clear weather conditions only.
Now, through the SkyHub, thanks to the algorithms of dynamic bandwidth compensation, weather availability of 99.8% can be reached at the budget of links operational in average weather conditions.
Imagine a customer with a requirement of satellite telecommunication links to several locations. Let’s assume a customer operates ten marine vessels requiring 2 Mbps link for each vessel.
In a classic point-to-point VSAT scenario, each vessel will be provided with a dedicated bandwidth of 2 Mbps, regardless of actual traffic demand on each vessel. Simple but not efficient.
In the SkyHub scenario, instead of provisioning 2 Mbps dedicated bandwidth for each of the ten vessels, there will be a pool dedicated for the customer with 20 Mbps capacity. So apart from dedicated 2 Mbps minimal bandwidth, each vessel will access the whole 20 Mbps pool that will be shared among them. As a result, actual bandwidth on each vessel will always vary between 2 Mbps and 20 Mbps, still guaranteeing minimum requirements for business-critical applications, but actually making significantly more bandwidth available for other needs such as, for example, crew welfare services.
Apart from dedicated corporate pools, SkyHub operates its own high-capacity bandwidth pool shared among its customers, making it possible to reach really high speeds, such as 100 Mbps, in peak moments of traffic demand, which is often a mandatory requirement for many applications.
This advantage is also especially useful for customers combining satellite telecommunication with terrestrial networks, such as microwave links, WiMAX or LTE, for a smooth and comfortable switch between terrestrial and satellite networks.