FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Catering to an Insatiable Mobile Consumer Culture
I remember a time about 10 years ago, where I fought the urge to buy my first cellular phone. By that time, all of my friends had one, and I couldn't imagine being available by phone 24 hours a day. I eventually caved in and became a mobile consumer. Today, I can do almost anything from my phone – from personal banking to using the Web to settle trivia disputes with my fiancee (she always wins).
Mobility has become a part of consumer pop culture and it is almost impossible to function as a person or even as a business without the ability to accomplish anything, anywhere at any time. The mobile satellite communications market plays two major roles in the development of our mobile culture – to bring consumers who work and live in remote areas up to speed with the times and to provide enterprise and government customers with the same options that consumers have.
The demand for mobility solutions is unprecedented and customers are coming up with new demands every day. Some analysts have made it a yearly tradition to determine which mobile satellite company will be knocked out of the sector. In reality, there are not enough companies to meet the worldwide demand as MSS operators, manufacturers and developers have each found a comfortable niche market to dominate.
The fascinating thing about watching the MSS sector develop, is knowing that whatever technologies we see anywhere else will eventually evolve into a mobile solution that is able to be accessed in high speed and high definition at the North Pole and beyond.
— Jeffrey Hill, News Editor.
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