Forsway, which specialises in satellite with existing terrestrial technologies to provide broadband to underserved regions, will bring the Odin F-50 hybrid satellite router and Freya F-55 hybrid terminal with the functionality of a modern TV/PVR receiver to IBC this year. The solutions help launch affordable broadband internet services in regions lacking reliable internet access.
Forsway claims its technology combines mobile networks with satellite to provide cost-efficient broadband, with a core focus on serving areas with insufficient infrastructure or capacity. The Forsway solutions tap existing infrastructure (mobile networks, satellite TV dishes) to provide or enhance connectivity, enabling broadband services for the large numbers of households globally still with insufficient internet access.
Speaking about the company’s new launches at IBC and how they will enable connectivity in under-served markets, Tobias Forsell, Managing Director at Forsway said: “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. 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 under-served markets.
“Thus, new low-cost broadband solutions are needed. In response, Forsway has developed innovative technology that uses considerably less satellite capacity than VSAT, reducing total cost of ownership for operators by tapping the benefits of internet over satellite and robust, very easy to deploy solutions.”
The Odin F-50 hybrid satellite router eliminates the need to deploy additional infrastructure and furnishes significant operator cost savings and delivery of highly cost-efficient broadband. It provides the rapid deployment of robust, satellite-based internet services to regions grappling with insufficient infrastructure or capacity. It also reportedly offers a competitive alternative to VSAT and eliminates the need for satellite communications licenses.
The Freya F-55 hybrid terminal for TV operators taps and combines Odin’s features with the functionality of a modern TV/PVR receiver. It enables TV operators to easily integrate internet-based services – all with one end-user client device. Its combined IP-over-satellite and HDMI output also enables the latest offerings such as multicast content displayed directly on a TV and push VOD (Video On-Demand) content.