By Mark Sutton
Astrolink has revealed plans for a global satellite network that will give businesses broadband communications regardless of local telecoms infrastructure
Satellite company Astrolink has today announced plans for a network of satellites to provide broadband communications to businesses. Speaking at the third Arab International Telecom and IT Conference in Beiruit, the company detailed plans for the Astrolink network, which should be operational by 2003.
By utilising a network of satellites, the company will be able to deliver high-speed Internet access, anywhere in the world, regardless of local infrastructure. Two-way broadband data transfer with speeds of up to 226 Mbits/s, will be possible, by simple installation of a small satellite dish on the user’s business premises. Up to nine Ka-band satellites will hold geo-stationary orbits over the region to deliver the service.
“Because we will operate via satellites, we believe the need for local entities to invest in terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure will be reduced. The differences in access speeds across the world will become a thing of the past, all users will benefit from the same state of the art technology” said Scott Sobhani, Astrolink vice president and general manager for the Middle East and Africa. "That's the capability we'll be sharing at the conference."
“We expect the speed of our system to open the door to new Internet-based opportunities: Virtual private networks, multimedia based entertainment and education, bandwidth intensive digital photos and videos by e-mail, distance learning, etc.” stated Sobhani.