Isotropic's technology comes at a time when the satellite communications sector is at the precipice of a major growth period with new technologies such as high-throughput satellites and constellations. These new systems, which create an exponential increase in satellite capacity, require next-generation terminal solutions to achieve massive scale distribution thereby attracting new markets and customers.
For years, flat panel antennas and phased array technology have been touted as the solution. The shortcomings of these technologies, however, are increasingly obvious.
According to Frost & Sullivan's report, Phased array antennas and flat panel antennas share one commonality they require an enormous amount of circuitry to create a single beam, or satellite link, in any given direction for optimal connectivity. Unfortunately, this functionality uses vast amounts of power, creates high costs, and delivers poor radio efficiency, which affects HTS connectivity to remote areas.
Two years ago, Isotropic Systems emerged in public after four years of quiet research and development with a truly disruptive solution. The London-headquartered company, with strategic agreements with leading satellite operators such as Inmarsat and SES, builds terminal antennas based on a cutting edge field of science known as optical beam-forming.
Isotropic has recently completed active beam-forming at the sub-array level both in Ku and Ka band and plans to deliver full working terminals for testing and certification to its strategic customers in late 2021 before ramping up production.
Frost & Sullivan's report praised Isotropic Systems for their approach to product development of building to customer specifications from the start, stating, Instead of relying on customers approaching them with issues, Isotropic proactively engages with these operators on terminal design and to demonstrate that its terminals meet and exceed the required performance requirements.
The award shows that Frost & Sullivan sees Isotropic Systems as a future market leader whose technology could have a wide impact on the industry, as well as the wider society.