Telecoms World Asia 2019: Interview with Ronald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer, LeoSat Enterprises

The Telecoms World Asia editorial team caught up with Ronald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer, LeoSat Enterprises to discuss about new revenue opportunities for telcos.

LeoSat Enterprises is launching a constellation of up to 108 interconnected low-earth orbit (LEO) communications satellites to provide the first commercially available, enterprise grade, extremely high-speed and secure data service worldwide.

  1. Can you share a brief introduction of LeoSat and its mission?

Faster than fiber. That’s what satellites can be if you design them with data in mind! For Telecom Operators in search of growth, LeoSat offers a zero-CapEx opportunity to expand their network, to deliver new services and provide better connectivity in more places.  Fast, reliable and ubiquitous data connectivity will fuel growth for businesses worldwide and by combining advanced space-based routers with inter-satellite laser links, we are creating an optical backbone in space, providing fiber-like low-latency and gigabit per second data delivery which is ultra-secure and extremely resilient. Using LeoSat, Regional Telecom Operators will become Global Operators and will be able to offer WANs with LAN performance and security.

  1. In one sentence, tell us how you would the state of the telecommunications industry today?

Wired and wireless telecom carriers are up against latency, security and connectivity challenges that require solutions beyond fiber, microwave and cellular. Space based MPLS augmenting terrestrial infrastructure will address those challenges very effectively.

  1. How do you see the industry evolving over the next 5 years?

We expect the industry to continue on its path of connecting more businesses and more people with digital infrastructure, be it fiber, microwave or cellular. On the customer side we’re seeing a move towards software based platforms such as SD-WAN allowing for more (and often cheaper) network technologies working in parallel. This flexibility will allow for more options to move from private lines to internet base solutions. On the flipside we expect security to become in increasingly important topic as a function of our increased data-dependancy. With the two, potentially competing trends: a wider choice and mix of networks versus higher security requirements, there will be opportunities for companies who can address either (or both) of these issues. We believe these opportunities will characterize the next 5 years.

  1. What are the key challenges and how can they be overcome?

Enterprise and government are asking for connectivity in more places – well beyond the footprint of a fiber network – with increased security requirements and a need to deploy as rapidly as can, preferably within hours. While satellites have always been able to provide these specific capabilities, they’ve never been really popular for data because they never been able to meet the basic requirements: Gigabits of capacity, fiberlike latency and acceptable pricing.That is now changing. We found that the best way to deploy a global MPLS backbone is by putting it at 1400km altitude, not by digging it into the ground.

With LeoSat the benefits of high speed, low latency and rapid deployment are now available through satellites at 1400km altitude, ie. low earth orbit (LEO). It will provide a resilient and future-proof network with connectivity and services that go beyond the capabilities of its terrestrial counterparts.  For telecom operators and companies with the need to upgrade and extend existing networks, LeoSat’s constellation can provide instant digital infrastructure from anywhere to everywhere which is fast, secure and reliable, opening-up a wide range of new opportunities.

  1. What can we look forward from your presentation at Telecoms World Asia 2019?

I am delighted to be participating in the Telecoms World Asia 2019 event in Bangkok with a presentation on “Laser-connected Enterprise Networks. Opening up new markets and accelerating growth”. I will be outlining LeoSat’s unique new network architecture to explain how our low earth orbit satellite constellation can help telecom companies to develop their infrastructure to meet the demands of exploding data traffic, boost newly needed capabilities and develop their asset portfolios and business models.  Broadband and data applications benefit from low-latency communications, and with cybersecurity and network resilience increasingly becoming a key focus for corporate and government networks, we are seeing a lot of interest in LeoSat’s ultra-secure “premise-to-premise” network architecture.  Essentially a VPN in space, data will travel end to end via optical lasers across a single encrypted network, bypassing terrestrial infrastructure.  And as LeoSat is backed by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC), Asia’s largest satellite operator, we will be participating together with SJC to jointly market the LeoSat system in the region, responding to customer needs which are not being met by today’s technology.

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Do not miss Ronald’s presentation on Conference Day One, Tuesday, 26th March, 1420-1440 in the Wholesale Track. 

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