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The aim of the project was to develop a low cost end-to-end solution for satellite based triple-play services. The result is ForsONEway, a turn-key solution for satellite based Internet services. The ForsONEway platform uses existing infrastructure to enable IP communication. Satellites are used for a high speed downlink and different terrestrial media are used for the return traffic.
ForsONEway consists of the following products, all of which have been developed as part of this project:
The ForsONEway system has created large interest on the market. A number of operators, ranging from small ISPs to the world's largest telcos, have shown interest in the system.
The products developed in the project, and the features and benefits for each product are presented below.
Mímir is a turnkey solution for small Internet over satellite providers. The key features of Mímir are:
Odin is a one-way satellite modem for satellite based Internet services. It can be used to access the Internet in broadband speeds with incoming data from satellite combined with a terrestrial return channel. A variety of integrated return channels are available: GPRS, 3G, PSTN, and Ethernet The Odin can also be equipped with external return channels through a USB port, e.g. via 3G dongles.
Main features of Odin:
The Freya hybrid terminal takes the features from an Odin satellite modem and adds all features from a modern TV/PVR receiver. This combination gives TV operators the possibility to add Internet services to their offer – with one single box provided to the end user. The combination of IP and TV functionality does also give room for interesting new services such as IPTV over satellite and push Video on Demand.
Freya integrates all features from Odin and comes with a number of innovative additions.
The ForsONEway system can quickly, and at a low cost, create an infrastructure for broadband Internet services in areas where no terrestrial broadband infrastructure is available.
With a rapidly increasing number of cellphone users in emerging countries, most people – even in emerging markets – do now have access to a mobile network. This has the effect that there are few people that cannot access an Internet service based on the ForsONEway product.
The overall duration of the project was 36 months, starting from March 2009. The project included the following phases:
The project had it’s final review on the 13th April 2012, where it was successfully finalized.