Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ambitious plans for Europe-wide mobile broadband

SiliconeRepublic reports...

A high-potential technology start-up has submitted an ambitious proposal to the European Union that will provide universal mobile broadband and mobile TV in all 27 member states.

Solaris Mobile, which is headed by former Kingston Communications CEO Steve Maine, is currently in the process of establishing its European headquarters in Dublin where it plans to employ 50 people.

The company is investing €130m in establishing a two-way communications global network for satellite communications.

Solaris Mobile, a Eutelsat and SES Astra joint venture, was established earlier this year to develop next-generation mobile TV services via satellite. The company's services will be aimed at broadcasters, telecoms operators, the automotives industry and data communications providers.

The company has submitted an application to the European Commission in response to a call for applications for pan-European systems providing mobile satellite services.

The aim of Solaris is to create the infrastructure to enable deployment of a fully-fledged TV experience on mobile devices on an 'anytime, anywhere' basis. The key difference with this venture is to allow satellite infrastructure to complement or even compete with existing terrestrial networks for the provision of broadcasting services to mobile devices.

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