25 Nov '11, 4am

Satellites and Sun connect isolated communities to the world: Paris, France (ESA) Nov 25, 2011 A m... (SolarDaily)

Satellites and Sun connect isolated communities to the world: Paris, France (ESA) Nov 25, 2011 A m... (SolarDaily)

A mobile phone unit connecting isolated communities to the rest of the world using satellites and solar power has caught the attention of ESA and the World Economic Forum. After developing a solar-powered base station for mobile phones that links isolated communities via satellite, Irish company Altobridge approached ESA for help in bringing the ground-breaking product to the marketplace. "We were pleased to help with research and development because it connects rural communities that would otherwise have to wait years for phone service," explains Michele Le Saux, an ESA satcom specialist. "This technology makes intelligent use of satellite bandwidth and has proved that a tough business case can work even with low revenue per user." With ESA's help, Altobridge has added new features, including local switching of calls and intelligent handover to other nodes in the public m...

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