CCS has been fortunate enough to have the State of Texas satellite contract through the Texas Dept. of Emergency Management (TDEM) for going on 8 years now. We currently have just over 100 mobile command centers here in the US and around the world that use our satellite service to help provide network connectivity down to their command centers. Typically the sat service is combined with a LTE router to give them multiple paths and redundancy for network connectivity. For the past 10+ years, 99% of the service we have been providing has been coming from the GEO sat network which orbit at 22,236 miles above the earth. Now we are able to offer satellite network plans off the LEO sat network which orbit the earth at between 257 and 3220 miles (much less latency). On the GEO network the network speeds have improved over the past few years where we now can offer a 20 mbps down X 5 mbps up package off a small iDirect sat modem. However, with our new LEO offers we can now offer plans that can provide 150 mbps down and 50 mbps up. We can also blend (bonding) that sat service with LTE service to offer speeds over 200 mbps down and 100 mbps up depending on the local LTE and 5g network. This truly is a game changer for our customers allowing them to have much more functionality and capabilities when they are out on a deployment.
A real life example of this technology is a deployment this weekend by one of our customers, Texas Dept. of Transportation (TXDOT). They are deployed in Junction, TX supporting an eclipse watching event for the State of Texas. They have a new Kymeta LEO satellite and Dejero LTE router set up with their mobile command center providing network connectivity for the First Responders assigned to their unit. They are consistently averaging 150-200 mbps down and 30 to 50 mbps up at their location. This connection is a blended service between satellite and LTE which allows them to have internet access, CAD access, stream their video camera feeds, do radio interoperability across the network and much more. There will be much more info on this technology in the coming months. For more info visit www.comprehensivecom.net.