Satellite Ku-band IPTV and Direct To Home Services

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Satellite Ku-band video services are showing the highest growth rate of any technology for distribution to Free To Air, IPTV and cable head-ends. Many new 36 MHz transponder equivalents of Ku-band capacity are being added to global capacity demand each year - with half coming from delivery of services within the Direct-To-Home markets alone.
To enhance future growth, satellite industry professionals must concentrate on what satellites do well besides video delivery. With New Ku-band spot services, lower-cost, higher-performance interactive VSAT services can become reality. This makes satellite an ideal delivery mechanism for backhaul from WiMAX cells, DVB-H local delivery and streaming services.

This course examines how new satellite services are evolving, how the technology functions and how it can be applied to these new market sectors.


  •  Appreciate the technical advantages of new and existing satellite technologies
  •  Discuss the uplink and downlink technologies deployed
  •  Calculate gain and antenna characteristics for VSAT and Direct-to-home delivery
  •  Deploy satellite backhaul on IPTV, WiMax and Hand Held TV applications
  •  Deliver interactive IP Direct To Home services using new satellite technology.


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Satellite service technology: How they work and what they do best (12 topics)

  • How satellites work
  • Orbits: Geo-stationary and low earth orbits
  • Transponder profiles
  • Engineering Power Budgets a their impact
  • Uplink and Downlink frequencies; C-Band, Ka-Band, X-Band and Ku-Band
  • Interference in different bands
  • Regulation and licensing
  • Traditional Applications: Telecoms, Broadcast TV Delivery, Direct-to-home one-way
  • Coverage
  • Costing satellite technology
  • What satellites do best
  • What satellites find hard

Applying Ku-Band Services: Why this is different (6 topics)

  • New Ku-Band Transponder Profiles
  • Spot services
  • Capacity considerations and Multiple Access
  • Engineering Links
  • Typical Ku-band service profiles
  • What can be done with these services

Up-link and Down-link Technology: What it looks like and what it can do (7 topics)

  • Engineering the Up-Link
  • Antennas
  • Power
  • Down-link requirements
  • Dishes and antenna construction
  • Alignment
  • Tracking

Applying Satellites to Interactive IP and IPTV (11 topics)

  • Problems and solutions
  • Modern Triple Play service requirements
  • Bandwidth
  • Delay
  • Overcoming problems with Jitter
  • Recovering lost packet data
  • Point-to-point services
  • Point-to-multipoint services
  • Multicasting TD and HDTV
  • Back-haul of area based services
  • Direct-to-Home Interactive IP VSAT services

Deploying Services Today: Where can satellites play a key part in new networks (10 topics)

  • Potential TV Head-end delivery markets
  • Mobile handheld TV: DVB-H
  • Growing Free-To-Air Services
  • News and Outside Broadcast
  • Telecommunications Backhaul
  • Financial and credit services
  • Education and Health applications
  • Military applications
  • Security applications


Delegates should have a basic understanding of telecommunications principles, and basic knowledge of IP.

Additional Learning

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