Seamless integration of satellite technology with terrestrial networks.
Partners: Avanti, Airbus Defence and Space, Climate Associates, DLR, EMC Norway, Fraunhofer Fokus, Fraunhofer HHI, Gradiant, Mavigex, Mulsys, One Ccess, Optare Solutions, R Cable y Telecommunicationes de Galicia, Thales Alenia Space France, Thales Alenia Space Spain, Turk Telecom, and University of Surrey
One of the world’s leading Mobile Network Operators (MNO), is committed to serving its customers with high speed, ubiquitous coverage. Many popular holiday destinations in markets served by the operator are in locations with poor terrestrial connectivity options. Seasonal increases in population of several hundred percent are not uncommon.
Historically it has been difficult justifying the operational and capital costs of backhaul infrastructure for such seasonal peaks, which can result in a poor user experience. Such varied backhaul requirements needed a robust and flexible solution.
The BATS project – funded under the European Union 7th Framework Programme and led by Avanti Communications – addresses the delivery of future broadband services to Europe. The project uses capacity on Avanti’s HYLAS 1 satellite and integrates with BATS prototype technology to provide simultaneous use of terrestrial and satellite broadband connections.
The network architecture comprises three broadband access segments: xDSL, cellular and High Throughput Satellites (HTS). The integrated broadband service is delivered to the end user via a device called an Intelligent User Gateway (IUG), which dynamically routes traffic flows according to the end users’ service needs. This is done through the most appropriate
broadband access network.
In recent programme trials, a selection of households in Galicia tested a prototype of the BATS technology. During the six month trial period, the customers involved had free access to satellite internet connectivity and 3G, plus a discount for their current DSL service.
The BATS programme has designed a broadband system that allows seamless simultaneous use of terrestrial and satellite broadband connections. Programme pilots in Galicia demonstrated huge levels of demand for resilient broadband connectivity via satellite. As a result, BATS technology will help achieve the Digital Agenda objectives across Europe; ensuring all households are able to connect to superfast broadband. Ongoing evaluation of the BATS integrated broadband service will take place via laboratory emulation with controlled objective and subjective testing, alongside further field trials in Germany and Spain.
- “BATS sets out to bridge the digital divide, achieving the EU’s required target speeds via an innovative combination of satellite, ADSL and 3G or 4G technologies in a single service. The aim is to overcome the technological hurdles that affect rural areas, so that people living in the most inaccessible parts of the European Union can enjoy the benefits of reliable, high speed connectivity.” – Antonio Rodríguez del Corral, Business Development Manager at R Cable y Telecomunicaciones de Galicia