An innovative way to access triple-play services via satellite has been developed by Swedish company Forsway with the help of ESA´s ARTES programme.
Called ForsONEway, the service uses a combination of satellites and existing terrestrial infrastructure to enable IP communication.
Satellites are used for a high speed downlink and different terrestrial networks are used for the return traffic. This means that wherever there is access to a mobile, landline or radio network, ForsONEway can be used.
By using the one way approach for satellite access as opposed to the traditional two-way method in remote locations, Forsway has developed a solution that is less expensive and offers lower latency. Two-way systems are limited by the satellite communication latency in both links, while the ForsONEway solution can use a low latency return link, providing a better user experience.
The concept was initially targeted for smaller service providers, giving them a complete low cost system. With this in mind, Forsway, with the help of the ARTES 3-4 element, developed a complete system that provides everything from the necessary uplink server to end-user satellite modems. These products, named after Norse gods, include:
The Odin modem offers a number of features to enhance user experience. It comes pre-configured with operator specific parameters to simplify installation for the end-user, thus minimising the need for support.
Other features of the Odin modem include:
“Our collaboration with ESA through ARTES 3-4 has enabled both the development and the improvement of ForsONEway,” says Tobias Forsell, Forsway CEO.
Forsway has achieved commercial success and is actively selling the “turnkey” ForsONEway solution. The system has garnered attention from larger operators as well as small operators, triggering a new ARTES activity to add even more features to the system to deal with many thousands of users across multiple satellite transponders.
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