Waterloo, ON; June 1, 2017 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today highlighted their success with satellite Internet providers. Sandvine’s network policy control platform is currently trusted by more than a dozen satellite operators across all layers of the satellite Internet ecosystem to ensure a high quality of experience for their subscribers.
Satellite communications networks currently deliver vital broadband Internet services to a wide range of audiences, from households and businesses in remote areas to specific vertical markets such as airlines and maritime operators. In the coming years, satellite Internet services will be even more essential as emerging technologies like connected cars and the “Internet of Things” (IoT) will require Internet coverage that extends beyond what mobile networks can provide.
The satellite Internet ecosystem is complex and multi-layered. The networks themselves face some unique challenges:
- Bandwidth on beams is at an absolute premium, because growth depends on getting new satellites in the sky
- Round-trip time latency can approach 500ms, which can wreak havoc with platforms that can’t accommodate this delay
- TCP timestamps—which are often used by policy control solutions to enable particular capabilities—are often obscured by end-to-end acceleration systems
Sandvine helps solve these challenges by providing granular policy controls. For example, Sandvine’s Traffic Optimization solutions serve as a key differentiator with satellite Internet providers because they can precisely manage satellite beam throughput to maximize value and quality of experience. Sandvine’s Traffic Management is a network policy control product that can apply rich traffic optimization policies that cascade multiple rules (ex. shape and prioritize) across multiple unrelated conditions (ex. location, time of day, traffic type). Additionally, if a satellite Internet operator has developed in-house congestion detection expertise, they can configure Sandvine’s platform via an API to dynamically manage traffic in real-time, as soon as congestion is detected.
“For years, Sandvine has helped satellite Internet providers like GCI, SITAONAIR, and Xplornet to deliver high-quality Internet services to homes, businesses, planes, trains, and automobiles,” said Tom Donnelly, Chief Operating Officer, Sales & Global Services, Sandvine. “With our real-world experience and proven platform that is capable of handling the unique nuances of satellite networks, satellite Internet providers can trust Sandvine to help make their business successful.”
To learn more about Sandvine’s solutions for satellite operators an eBook is available for download from Sandvine.com.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks, to increase revenue, reduce network costs and improve subscriber quality of experience. Our networking solutions perform end-to-end policy control functions, including traffic classification, policy decision, and enforcement. Deployed as virtualized network functions or on Sandvine’s purpose-built hardware, the products provide actionable business insight, and the ability to deploy new consumer and business subscriber services, optimize and secure network traffic, and engage with subscribers.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 300 networks in over 100 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide. www.sandvine.com.
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