Forsway Shows Hybrid Satellite Router and TV Terminal at IBC 2018

Forsway, a provider of technology combing satellite and mobile communications, will at IBC 2018 exhibit two products that extend high speed broadband and video services to remote locations previously lacking reliable Internet access. The firm, based in Sweden which emerged as a spin out from Nokia in 2003, will show its Odin F-50 hybrid satellite router and Freya F-55 hybrid terminal with the functionality of a modern TV/PVR receiver.

Forsway’s technology combines mobile networks with satellite to provide broadband with a core focus on serving areas where there is currently insufficient infrastructure or capacity for high speed Internet access. It taps existing mobile networks and satellite TV dishes to enhance existing connectivity or provide broadband Internet access for the first time.

“Billions of potential users still cannot access internet services due to infrastructure deficiencies, mainly in emerging markets but also including areas in highly developed markets,” said Tobias Forsell, Managing Director at Forsway. “A new generation of content-hungry consumers will help drive growth in these difficult to reach regions. Our mission is to bridge the divide and bring services to these underserved markets.”

The aim is to enable operators to serve customers more effectively than via two-way satellite services which consume too much capacity. The Odin F-50 hybrid satellite router provides just one-way downstream satellite connectivity without need to deploy additional infrastructure. The firm describes this as a competitive alternative to VSAT (very small aperture terminal) while eliminating the need for a satellite communications license.

Then the Freya F-55 hybrid terminal for TV operators exploits the Odin router to emulate a modern TV/PVR receiver. This allows TV operators to integrate internet-based services with one end-user client device. It combines IP over satellite with HDMI output while also enabling offerings such as multicast content displayed directly on a TV and push VoD (Video on-Demand). 

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