At the center of the effort.
While the reliable and secure delivery of content is the focus of everyone in satellite communications, the job divides into several specialized functions. These need coordination, and thatís a key role of the satellite operator.
Commercial satellite operators like JSAT:
- Determine market requirements and the business case for proposed satellite services.
- Identify customersí requirements for satellite communications in a geographic territory. (A given satellite is capable of covering a specified area of the globe. For example, North American satellite operators cover all or most of the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.)
- Finance the construction and launch of satellites.
- Coordinate design and engineering with satellite manufacturers during satellite construction to insure high quality, cost-effective services.
- Place satellites into orbit through a launch provider.
- Assume control of the satellite and begin serving customers.
- Lease satellite capacity to customers for contracted periods.
Lease pricing is a factor of market supply/demand, volume of capacity supplied, and contract term. Full and partial transponders are leased. Leading satellite operators: