The First Global Broadcast Internet Network

Opportunity at the Scale of the Internet

 

Imagine a world where the latest Internet hosted news, audio and video viewing choices were already waiting for you in your home WiFi network, PC, TV, tablet, car or phone and available “quick as you can click” to stream them to any screen or WiFi enabled device.

Apogee is adding an unprecedented new extension to the global Internet.  A global mobile broadband satellite system designed for secure, high-capacity content delivery & communications

 

about us

MARKET PROBLEMS

High Cost

The Apogee broadcast Internet solution reduces the end-to-end cost of Internet streaming media by orders of magnitude for both content providers and consumers.

Insufficient Bandwidth

Both terrestrial and satellite-based ISPs are bandwidth constrained for providing Internet streaming video services to all markets worldwide.

    Outdated Architecture

    The Apogee network design transforms core Internet economics by adding a one-to-all extension to the one-to-one Internet of today, while dramatically enhancing the user experience for broadband content delivery to all locations worldwide.

      APOGEE'S solution

      The Apogee satellite constellation will off-load demand from terrestrial and LEO networks worldwide and deliver content downloads with unprecedented efficiency and cost reductions for customers at both ends of the value chain.

      Global satellite network direct-to-end users

      Apogee uses a satellite orbit design called Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) to distribute mobile and fixed content over very large areas simultaneously

      Content delivery for over-the-top media providers

      Apogee augments Internet capacity  as an efficient “one-to-all” content delivery network that pre-positions content at the consumer edge

      The Apogee network is optimized for mobility to serve connected car & IOT

      The Apogee network is designed as a fully mobile system that uses an antenna requiring minimal tracking capability

      The Apogee network provides extremely secure data communications

      Optimized to serve customers who require high-security & massive bandwidth versus low-latency

      Market

      Addressable Market Segments

      Apogee’s content delivery network provides an enhanced user experience and direct audience engagement for OTT content providers, ISPs, cellular and broadcast operators

      ISPs

      Cache OTT video at edge CDNs freeing up capacity in last- & mid-mile networks

      Cellular Operators

      Cache OTT video at cell sites freeing up capacity in mid-mile networks

      Broadcasters

      Broadcast trending OTT video direct to consumers for storage in their homes

      Content Providers

      Revenue sharing from enhanced advertising, security, AVoD, SVoD, PVoD

      Consumers

      Store trending OTT titles in edge caches at homes for instant high-quality viewing

      Global Market Size

      Total Addressable Market end 2025

      Serviceable Addressable Market (SAM) end 2025

      Apogee 10-year cumulative revenue = 1.4% of SAM in 2032 (assuming a CAGR of 10%)

      Products

      OTT Video

       

      Connected Vehicles

      2-Way Connectivity

      Trending OTT content is pre-positioned in edge caches:

      • Personal – car, home, mobiles
      • Network – broadcast and cellular sites

      Secure delivery of SOTA & FOTA updates with constant updates of mapping and road information* as well as  infotainment for passengers

      (* in partnership with Auton)

      High-bandwidth secure point-to-point global connections using inter-satellite links that cannot be intercepted from the ground – sovereign, multi-national, financial and maritime communications

      Go-To-Market Strategy

      Teaming with regional satellite system operators for country specific landing rights and local distribution

      Implementing a two-stage go-to-market strategy for the connected and autonomous vehicle market. Using an initial aftermarket sales strategy in advance of the OEM adoption by automotive industry anticipated over the coming decade

      Partnering with ISPs of all types with the inherent benefit Apogee provides of a substantial network performance upgrade by off-loading a substantial portion of their Internet video streaming capacity on to the Apogee network

      Partnering with and complementary to all LEO satellite ISPs in particular to solve their IP unicast capacity constraints by video off-load onto Apogee

      Accomplishments to date

       Satellite constellation architecture and ground segment design

      Spectrum filings lodged with ITU via New Zealand government

      Gazetting and initial coordination process completed

      Successful ITU applications for 600 MHz of global Ka-band broadcast spectrum (ranked 1st) and 2 GHz of V/Q-band spectrum (ranked 4-7)

      Intelligent software-defined IP multicast CDN developed

      Satellite design underway with selected manufacturers

      IP multicast spectrum and CDN tested using existing GEO satellite and ATSC 3.0 terrestrial systems in US

      Detailed design and quotations completed with Gravity Space as lead contractor for build, launch and operation of BIU satellites

      Technology

      Linked Molniya Orbits

      Apogee will have constant global coverage with 18 satellites at 63.4˚ inclination

      9 satellites in each hemisphere (Northern & Southern) with 3 satellites in each of 3 orbital planes per hemisphere

      The high look-angle to the satellites minimises atmospheric attenuation and significantly improves the performance and robustness of the network

        Apogee Orbit Configuration

        This special class of non-geostationary satellites provides a virtual GEO and eliminates the need for large tracking antennas

        At 63.4˚ inclination, the earth’s oblateness doesn’t affect long-term orbit stability

        Each satellite “hangs” over the targeted service area for an 8-hour duty-cycle of its 12-hour orbit period before it whips through the perigee in the opposite hemisphere

          Operational Attributes

          The unique look angle to the satellites enables optimal service to Apogee’s target markets. The Molniya orbits have a long history of use for video services

          V & Q bands are susceptible to significant attenuation in the atmosphere but the enhanced look angle minimizes this

          The immense bandwidth available in the V and Q bands can be unleashed with minimal degradation of performance. The higher frequencies enables the use of small sized aperture antennas optimal for connected vehicles and small personal receivers

          The Apogee network is an IP multicast file transfer service using our 600 MHz of Ka-band broadcast spectrum and does not require real-time two-way communications

          Digital content is pre-positioned in local storage caches at the  edge of the network either for OTT content delivery or for connected car infotainment, software and firmware updates.

          Apogee can also establish very high bandwidth point-to-point secure connections from anywhere to anywhere with the use of inter-satellite links

          Apogee has massive bandwidth available compared to legacy satellite or terrestrial communications systems. This enables highly cost-effective data pricing compared with GEO/MEO/LEO pricing

          SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

          Vern Fotheringham - Chairman

          Vern has been at the forefront of wireless and broadband digital network technology and service platform development for thirty years. He has pioneered mobile and broadband wireless technologies that now form the core of 4G wireless networks, mobile satellite broadcast networks, and IP voice and data networks.

          John Humphrey - President & CEO

          John has worked in satellite for 30+ years and is an international business development consultant.  He specializes in market validation, product development and commercialisation & sales of products.  He is an advisor to technology innovators in the satellite, telco, undersea cable and IT industries and is based in New Zealand.

          Mark Thompson - Chief Technology Officer

          Mark has a proven track record in new satellite systems design with 35+ years of experience.  He was the Satellite System Designer of the iPSTAR broadband system; the first HTS broadband satellite launched in 2005.  Mark consults to several satellite and launch vehicle manufacturers and is currently designing and launching BIU satellites.

          Cliff Monlux - Chief Strategy Officer

          Cliff Monlux has over 25 years experience starting, growing, investing, and selling market leading technology companies. His experience covers private, venture backed and public companies across a broad spectrum of software, Internet, media, and energy. He has helped launch such companies as: Docusign, eNom/Demand Media (DMD), Cartavi, and Interactive Insights.

          Advisors & Support

          Bob Foster - Connected Vehicle Advisor

          Bob Foster has been a pioneer and developer of communications systems for thirty years. His experience ranges from consumer devices and applications to large scale systems. He is leading the   development of Auton’s connected  car business and technology.  Prior SVP of Engineering at  Kymeta, developing satcom  modems and metamaterials  antenna solutions. As Founder  and CTO of WavTrace, he led the  commercialization of the millimetric frequency bands, acquired by Harris.

          Ralf Jacobs - Streaming Technology Advisor

          A career in converting traditional broadcasters to over the top streaming juggernauts garnered Ralf the nickname “Mr. OTT”. Former President at Verizon digital media services and established his business unit as  the 2nd largest CDN provider  worldwide.  The VDMS platform became the de-facto OTT video streaming standard. Earlier, he was the CEO & Co-Founder of upLynk (acquired by Verizon).  Before upLynk he was the VP of OTT Initiatives at Deluxe Digital Studios.

           

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          John Schuster - Satellite & Optical Networks Advisor

          John is a technology development executive with extensive experience in leadership and engineering roles. Currently, he is  Co-founder & COO of GeoParking Technologies, Inc., a startup accelerating the adoption of Robotaxi fleets of electric Autonomous Vehicles. Previously John was Senior Technical Program Manager on Amazon’s Kuiper LEO Project and the SVP  Engineering at LeoSat. Earlier, John co-founded NudgeRx, a service for heart surgery patients. John was also CTO of Terabeam Corporation that became the leader in the wireless optical communications space.

          Richard Munroe - Satellite Integration Advisor

          Richard has over 25-years experience in optimizing satellite integration and testing from planning to execution for government and private enterprise programs while working for major aerospace firms.  These satellites included multiple phases of the GPS program, DARPA experimental spacecraft, in addition to early broadband systems spacecraft.  He has been instrumental in affecting change in the way production, integration, and test planning and execution readiness are evaluated.

          Hogan Lovells

          Legal support

          RKF Engineering

          Regulatory support, spectrum coordination and system engineering

          Auton, Inc.

          Connected vehicle advisors & distribution, mobile terminal development

          Synthesis Cloud, Inc.

          Platform integration for CDN and edge caching

          USEI

          Global teleport interconnection services

          Contact Us

          Office

          897 Takatu Road, RD6, Warkworth, New Zealand 0986

          Call or Email Us

          Vern Fotheringham   +1 (425) 442-4065   vernf@apogee-networks.com

          John Humphrey          +64 21 555-933       johnh@apogee-networks.com