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The objectives of the project are the integration and trial of a communications system that exploits the unique features of two wireless technologies, namely DVB-RCS and terrestrial wireless 802.11x.
The system is expected to be particularly relevant to some rural communities, which are suffering, when compared with urban communities, from a lack of broadband communications (the so-called digital divide). The new system will provide a broadband system that is easy and quick to install. The system can be shared by end users making it cost effective.
The key issues addressed in the project are:
The expected benefits brought by the project are:
The architecture of the system to be developed in the project can be seen in the following diagram:
Communications between end users (companies A & B) and the Internet are transmitted via the DVB-RCS terminal and the Hub, providing a high bandwidth channel. Rather than requiring each end user to purchase his own costly DVB-RCS terminal, BARRD will enable this equipment to be shared by a community of end users, through the use of the latest wireless technologies. Each user within wireless range of the DVB-RCS terminal, a distance typically of 2 km, will have access to high bandwidth communications. All he needs is low cost wireless equipment.
The expected plan follows a standard engineering approach with the following work packages:
The project started in June 2003 and achieved the following:
The project has now ended, some users have been transferred to commercial contracts and efforts are continuing to roll-out the system.