The telecommunications via satellite sector is immersed in a process of transformation in response to changes in demand, the appearance of disruptive innovation and increased competition. Given this state of affairs, technological innovation has become a key factor in generating new applications that foster space capacity demand and make it possible to open a competitive advantage.
Hispasat understands innovation as a continuous and key process for company business continuity in the future. Internally, innovation is approached from a transversal perspective, in which the professional teams from different company areas take part in multi-disciplinary teams on a project-by-project basis, thus putting their satellite know-how, telecommunications networks and applications at the service our new projects. Externally, Hispasat collaborates closely with the main satellite and sector equipment manufacturers, telecommunications operators and with benchmark investigation centres such as UPM and CTTC. Moreover, Hispasat is also a regular participant in consortiums that embark on large-scale R&D&I projects financed by initiatives such as Horizon 2020.
Thematically speaking the company classifies its innovation projects into two big blocks:
This block covers all those projects geared towards innovating in services and applications provided via satellite. Projects related to the video market (work on 4K and HDR for instance), mobility (high speed trains) and telecommunications (participation in R&D products related to the role of satellite in 5G) all fall into this category.
This area encompasses all those projects related to infrastructure, space and ground that Hispasat uses to provide its connectivity services. This area covers innovation projects in GEO satellites (such as H36W-1 novelties), R&D projects related to other infrastructure (such as new types of satellites and HAPS-High Altitude Pseudo Satellites) and innovation in antenna technology (like alliances announced with PHASOR and HiSky).