Easier implementation of satellite broadband services will be possible with the adoption of the first broadband satellite standard on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Both the US-based Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have adopted the Internet Protocol over Satellite (IPOS) standard.
Satellite data links are an alternative to wired links in poorly connected rural areas or for business operations that regularly move location.
IPOS-based equipment and software used to build satellite broadband will now be available from a variety of companies who support the standard.
These include Hughes Network Systems, Microelectronics Technology, Texas Instruments, TriQuint Semiconductor, Wind River Software, Intelsat and Telefonica.
"Now ratified and approved by the two major standards bodies, IPoS opens the door for greater optimisation and economies of scale throughout the satellite industry," said Pradman Kaul, chief executive officer of Hughes Network Systems.
"IPoS is the only air interface specifically designed for the efficient delivery of broadband satellite services and offers the best means to expand satellite's addressable markets worldwide."
IPOS will be competing against the likes of WiMAX in the fixed broadband wireless market.
WiMAX trials have been started by AT&T at companies in the US and Europe is expected to experience the first WiMAX services from providers next year.