Intelsat and ODSL to provide satellite-based internet access

Intelsat and Orbit Data Systems Limited (ODSL) have announced a two-way, satellite-based broadband Internet access service to be available directly to consumers and small office/home office users in the Middle East.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  February 17, 2004

Intelsat and Orbit Data Systems Limited (ODSL) have announced a two-way, satellite-based broadband Internet access service to be available directly to consumers and small office/home office users in the Middle East. According to the multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide the integrated, end-to-end network connectivity, while ODSL will be responsible for sales, marketing and retail distribution of the service in the region. In preparation for service launch, the Intelsat-provided gateway required for ODSL’s service has been installed in Perth, Australia, and is operating a beta service. The service, which is slated for launch later this year, will provide consumers with capabilities for web browsing, email, file transfer, audio/video streaming and distance learning at high speeds. The broadband offering will be provided using a platform based on the DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) standard and Ku-band satellite capacity on an Intelsat satellite. Existing DOCSIS technology and software, previously used to support cable-based applications, have been modified by ViaSat, Intelsat’s equipment supplier, to enable satellite –based broadband access. User terminals that incorporate VisSat’s SurfBeam DOCSIS- based platform will be provided to ODSL by Intelsat. ODSL will install the user terminal sand for providing call centres and customer support. OSDL is an affiliate of Orbit communications Company, a leading provider of digital pay television services in the Middle East. “This venture represents a significant commitment to making broadband technologies accessible to people living in regions where terrestrial infrastructure is limited,” commented Ramu Potarazu, COO, Intelsat,Ltd. “Intelsat pioneered internet over satellite, so it is only natural that we’d be the company to take broadband technology to the next level, where it can be easily implemented and available cost-effectively to anyone who needs it.”

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