ASTRA, Pirelli Broadband Solutions and Nokia Siemens cooperate to provide households with satellite-based 3G coverage

Date: Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:46

ASTRA Broadband Services, a fully owned subsidiary of Europe’s leading satellite provider SES ASTRA, announced that the company in collaboration with Pirelli Broadband Solutions, a supplier of broadband-based customer premises equipment (CPE), and Nokia Siemens Networks, a provider of communications network solutions and services, has demonstrated the indoor delivery of 3G voice and data services to households via ASTRA2Connect’s satellite-based broadband platform. Based on the combination of their respective commercial product lines, the three companies have successfully completed their first tests

ASTRA, Pirelli Broadband Solutions and Nokia Siemens cooperate to provide households with satellite-based 3G coverage

At the user’s premises, the solution comprises a Pirelli’s 3G femtocell home gateway, which is attached to the ASTRA2Connect satellite modem via a plug-and-play Ethernet connection. Enabling indoor usage of any 3G cellular device such as mobile handsets and notebooks with mobile broadband capabilities, the Pirelli femtocell uses the ASTRA2Connect link as backhaul into the service provider’s core network via the Nokia Siemens Network Femto Gateway, a specialized network node which is part of the Nokia Siemens Networks 3G Femto Solution.
The newly-tested system is suitable especially for customers in areas with no or poor fixed broadband services, and provides an attractive business opportunity for internet service providers marketing the ASTRA2Connect solution to enlarge their product portfolio with the femtocell offering. Apart from providing home cellular coverage through personal satellite access in areas without UMTS macro-coverage, mobile network operators are able to increase the use of 3G services as well as further enhance the convergence of fixed and mobile communication.
“Our success with ASTRA2Connect since its launch more than two years ago, clearly demonstrates that the system is an excellent solution for homes and businesses in remote areas without terrestrial DSL networks to access broadband internet,” said Norbert Willems, Managing Director at ASTRA Broadband Services. “We are delighted that we can now also co-operate with Pirelli Broadband Solutions and Nokia Siemens Networks to provide the delivery of indoor 3G coverage to households where UMTS coverage is not available. I am certain that our cooperation will be highly successful.”
“With its portfolio of remotely manageable CPE for data, VoIP and video applications, Pirelli Broadband Solutions is a partner of Astra Broadband Services. Recognizing the significant addressable market potential, we share with ASTRA Broadband Services the vision to enable home cellular coverage through personal satellite access.” said Roberto Pellegrini, Director Marketing and Innovation, Pirelli Broadband Solutions. “This vision is today a commercial reality through Pirelli’s 3G femtocell home gateway, a product line fully interoperable with the Nokia Siemens Networks 3G Femto Solution.”
Timo Hyppölä, Head of 3G Femto Product Line at Nokia Siemens Networks, added: “We are pleased to collaborate with ASTRA Broadband Services and Pirelli for this innovative approach to 3G indoor coverage. It adds to the fixed broadband service architecture already supported by our 3G Femto Solution, which is based on open interfaces to support the widest femtocell ecosystem.”

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