What Do You Get When You Cross GEO Satellites and SD-WAN?


By Kristin LeeJan 30, 2023


While most planned satellite constellations used for connectivity fly in low earth orbit (LEO), some fly in geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) and circle the earth from a much further distance.

Because of this distance, LEO satellites tend to have lower latency and higher bandwidth than their GEO counterparts.

So when MetTel tried to cross its SD-WAN offering with HughesNet's GEO connection, it got latency.

More on this story and our other January telecom reading recs below.

Hughes’ GEO satellites can do SD-WAN, too

Fierce Telecom reports that “In order to win an SD-WAN contract with one of its federal clients, MetTel pivoted to work with Starlink’s low earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity instead.”

Check out the article to read about HughesNet's response and the new partnership it's establishing.

The Panama Paper Trail: Tracking Five Years of Telecom Upheaval

In other telecom drama, Latin America is set for an interesting few months of activity.

After attempting to reduce the mobile market from four players to three, the Panamanian government finds itself in the unusual position of trying to attract a new operator.

Voice Traffic: I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up

The international voice market's trajectory is down, and there's no reason to believe it's coming back.

This peek at our updated TeleGeography Report and Database shows us exactly how fast traffic volumes are plummeting.

Global bandwidth prices have leveled out in COVID era

Earlier this month, Senior Research Analyst Brianna Boudreau kicked off Ciena's Economics of Sustainable Submarine Networks for Wholesale Cable Operators webinar with a Global Pricing Update.

If you missed it, here's a quick rundown by Light Reading. You can also catch a replay of the full webinar here.

2023 Telecom Workshop Slides

Rounding out our January reading list: TeleGeography's PTC '23 workshop!

Download these slides to explore the various elements of global network connectivity that Brianna Boudreau, Jon Hjembo, and Alan Mauldin presented in Honolulu.

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Brianna Boudreau

Brianna Boudreau

Senior Research Manager Brianna Boudreau joined TeleGeography in 2008. She specializes in pricing and market analysis for wholesale and enterprise network services with a regional focus on Asia and Oceania. While at TeleGeography, Brianna has helped develop and launch several new lines of research, including our Cloud and WAN Infrastructure service and the SD-WAN Research Service.

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Jon Hjembo

Jon Hjembo

Senior Research Manager Jonathan Hjembo joined TeleGeography in 2009 and heads the company’s data center research, tracking capacity development and pricing trends in key global markets. He also specializes in research on international transport and internet infrastructure development, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, and he maintains the dataset for TeleGeography’s website,

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Alan Mauldin

Alan Mauldin

Alan Mauldin is a Research Director at TeleGeography. He manages the company’s infrastructure research group, focusing primarily on submarine cables, terrestrial networks, international Internet infrastructure, and bandwidth demand modeling. He also advises clients with due diligence analysis, feasibility studies, and business plan development for projects around the world. Alan speaks frequently about the global network industry at a wide range of conferences, including PTC, Submarine Networks World, and SubOptic.

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