Satellite Technology Feature Article
STM Group Announces Development of SatLink 2910 and New Hub Modem
By Christopher Mohr, TMCnet Contributing Writer
On Monday, STM Group announced that it was developing a new addition to its SatLink product line, the SatLink 2910. The company is also developing an integrated TDM/TDMA hub modem.
The 2910 is a DVB-RCS2-compliant indoor VSAT unit, capable of 150 Mbps of throughput. It can receive software updates automatically without requiring a technician onsite, and IP traffic is secured with AES-256 encryption. The product is scheduled for commercial release in the third quarter of 2013.
This technology supports digital video broadcasting and on-demand interactivity.
Also under development at STM is a TDM/TDMA hub modem, capable of 350 Mbps IP throughput over DVB-S2 carriers, and 150 Mbps over DVB-RCS2 carrier – for a total of 500 Mbps per rack unit. The small footprint of the unit makes it useful in tight quarters – one reason the Norwegian Space Centre and European Space Agency are supporting the project.
Irvine, CA-based STM Group (News - Alert), Inc. is a privately held company developing satellite technology, especially for remote, underserved areas of the world – as suggested by its motto, ‘Networks without Barriers’ – and supports communications applications in several different industries. The banking industry would use SatLink for processing financial transactions across secure, private satellite networks.
Maritime businesses need technology that can travel globally. GPS navigation and Internet access are supported in these environments using SatLink Maritime Solutions with around-the-clock support and flat-rate pricing.
In keeping with the company’s desire to support remote sites, STM solutions are useful in offshore rigs for the petroleum industry. Government, education, defense, mobile communication and retail industries are also supported by STM.
For organizations that do not have the expertise to manage a satellite communication solution effectively, STM provides turnkey satellite solutions and manages the operations of the system.
It might be an oversimplification to refer to STM as the proverbial big fish in a small pond, but the analogy gives some idea of what the company’s approach seems to be: to dominate a small market. The company is at the level of a niche provider with $21 million in revenue and 137 employees, despite providing its solutions to 50 countries globally.
It’s not enough to put STM on the level with other communications giants, but staying in business for over 25 years speaks for itself.
Edited by Braden Becker