Partly driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), the number of connected devices is on a rapidly upward trajectory. According to business intelligence company IHS Markit, the number of connected IoT devices worldwide will jump from around the current 27 billion to a staggering 125 billion by 2030 – a momentous leap by anyone’s standards. To keep pace with demand for connectivity, satellite companies including OneWeb, SpaceX and Telesat are planning to launch thousands of LEO satellites over the next few years; mega-constellations that will deliver high speed broadband right across the globe to even the remotest of areas.
These LEO satellites offer tremendous potential in terms of connectivity, something realised by Nathan Kundtz PhD, the founder, President and CEO of Kymeta. Founded in 2012, Kundtz’s company focuses on making mobile communications more accessible the world over. With financial backing from Bill Gates, Intelsat and leading venture capitalists, Kymeta mTenna™ technology is revolutionising connectivity across many sectors, including maritime where Kymeta™ flat panel antennas have been making waves over the past 12 months. The company has picked up many accolades in its short life, including Startup of the Year 2017 by SpaceNews, making Morgan Stanley’s list of disruptors in the satellite sector and receiving the International Superyacht Society Award for Excellence in Innovation 2017.
This article will look at how these sectors have already changed, and how this new tech will impact the future.
(See Video) See Nathan Kundtz, PhD at TEDxSeattle – Let’s make connectivity mobile