XtndNet launches UK network
March 17, 2022
Arabsat, Developing Infrastructure, and Forsway have announced the formation of XtndNet, a new broadband ISP targeting under-connected customers. XtndNet offers a hybrid service, combining ADSL, mobile Internet, and satellite connection — the XtndNet 12 Gigabit Space Superhighway — to deliver an affordable and reliable broadband connection. The service is available now in the UK and Ireland, and will expand to Germany, Scandinavia, the Baltics, and Africa in the next few months.
Powered by Arabsat’s BADR-7 High Throughput Satellite, based on Forsway’s Xtend platform, and designed and headed by speciality consultants from Developing Infrastructure, XtndNet will offer users typical speeds of 25 Mb download – which may not sound like much, but many of these users are stuck less than 3 Mb, and have no other options available.
Travis Mooney-Evans, Principal Consultant for Developing Infrastructure, designed the project and will serve as XtndNet’s CEO.
“The key the XtndNet project was finding a satellite operator who could see the opportunity,” said Mooney-Evans. “Most satellite operators are happy to do the same thing everyone else does, and it takes a visionary operator to take a risk on something different — and Arabsat is that visionary operator.”
Coverage is assured by Ka and Ku beams on Arabsat BADR-7, with both European and African footprints.
“We looked for a way to differentiate our satellite capacity, and the XtndNet project was innovative,” said Dr. Badr Alsuwaidan, Acting President, and CEO of Arabsat. “Developing Infrastructure and Forsway brought something new, and we are proud to be the satellite operator to power the solution.”
“There’s a lot of talk about satellite’s integration into 5G, which is great if you have deep pockets and want ubiquitous coverage,” said Tobias Forsell, CEO of Forsway. “But for regular people who struggle with any sort of connectivity, that’s a pipe dream. The XtndNet service provides something that makes their life better today, enabling the services that people depend on day-to-day.”