Eusanet, Eutelsat Roll Out Satellite Wi-Fi Solution in Germany – Satellite Today

Oberried Germany

Oberried, Germany. Photo: Axel Drainville

[Via Satellite 10-13-2015] German satellite broadband company Eusanet and Eutelsat have joined forces to deliver a new broadband solution that combines satellite Internet with Wi-Fi networks. The new solution enables broadband without large-scale construction work in regions with limited or no Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) infrastructure.

Eusanet and Eutelsat first deployed the satellite-Wi-Fi solution in the Black Forest community of Oberried/St. Wilhelm at the end of September. The network combines Eutelsat’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) KA-SAT with a high-speed wireless network. This combined solution currently delivers download speeds of up to 30 Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 5 Mbps per household, with room for upgrades in the future. According to Eusanet, the solution can ultimately deliver download speeds of up to 100 Mbps to individuals in communities of several hundred homes.

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Digital graphic of the Eusanet/Eutelsat solution. Photo: Eusanet

The service requires a 12cm external antenna to access Eusanet broadband. At the heart of the community solution are satellite dishes with reception and transmitting units connected to the Internet by KA-SAT. Based in the community are a server, router, satellite modems and modern wireless units. Three radio cells with a reach of several kilometers supply the households using free and public frequencies. Additional radio cells outside the community of St. Wilhelm are also under construction to extend the service. Additionally, the service includes Voice-over-IP (VOIP), and the first tests to supply households with TV over the same system are currently under way.

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