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Globecomm and the Future of Satellite Services

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Satellite Technology Feature Article

October 24, 2011

Globecomm and the Future of Satellite Services

By Rich Tehrani, CEO, Technology Marketing Corporation


As a major designer and integrator of satellite communications systems, Globecomm is in a great position to determine the growth areas in the market. In a recent conversation with O'Brian McKinley, VP Broadcast Technology, he told me the areas you would expect to be growing are:


·         Media

·         Wireless

·         Government

·         Enterprise

·         Maritime

The company sees an increasing trend towards multiple devices – McKinley used the example of when consumers used to all tune into Walter Cronkite – when we lived in a 1:1 world of media consumption. He expanded by saying customers like QVC are now asking for solutions which allow consumers to watch content on many platforms. Other areas of growth include broadcast where arenas and other venues are now participating. On the consumer side there is a move to cabs and elevators as well.

The company is busy working on a cloud-based backup system hosted in their facility, as well as new services in the maritime space in which some will bring their DoD solutions in line with what maritime customers are purchasing.In terms of challenges, they are economic – especially in the domestic market as networks are waiting on Wall Street – to see what is or isn’t feasible to get financed.

At the recent SatCon (News - Alert) 2011 show in New York, the company had a speaking engagement relating to file-based distribution , which as you might imagine helps with bringing content to any device. Moreover, the company just won contracts worth $4M to provide the U.S. government with Ku and X band aeronautical services and another government contracts worth $1.9M to provide IT support services.


Rich Tehrani is CEO of TMC. In addition, he is the Chairman of the world’s best-attended communications conference, INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO (ITEXPO (News - Alert)). He is also the author of his own communications and technology blog.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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