The promise that high-bandwidth satellites can bring fast, cheap Internet to the masses will be put to the test in 2012 as a new generation of Ka-band spacecraft enters service in the U.S. and Europe, with plans to expand into Russia, Australia and Latin America. Over the past decade, intense crowding in lower-frequency C- and Ku-bands has spurred satellite broadband providers to explore the electromagnetic wilderness of Ka-band frequencies, a portion of spectrum offering orders of ...

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