Eutelsat Communications is unveiling at CABSAT a home network solution that uses a newly designed single-feed Ku/Ka LNB mounted on a single off-the-shelf dish for DTH TV reception and reception of IP services. The return path is routed via a low-cost box that directs requests sent from PCs , tablets and smartphones through mobile (3G, GPRS, Edge …) or ADSL networks. Users can use a regular mobile device or a 3G dongle fitted on the box for the return link.
The concept also leverages the benefits of Ku and Ka-band resources at a single orbital position including the new Eutelsat 25B satellite that provides Ku and Ka reach of North Africa and the Middle East. While the Ku capacity is optimised for broadcasting, the Ka can be developed for downloading IP services, including videostreaming.
This new hybrid solution, combining satellite and mobile networks, opens opportunities for mobile and telecom operators as well as broadcasters to bundle television and Internet services at low-cost. For the consumer, it facilitates fast IP downloads via satellite using a regular mobile device for connecting to the Internet in the home.