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Avanti pushes satellite data speed to 1.17Gbps in trial

10 May 2017 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

The Avanti satellite company has transmitted data at more than 1Gbps over a single carrier, a significant increase in data throughput.

The company, which runs data services over Europe, the Middle East and Africa via its own satellites, worked with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) on the technology, with financial backing from the European Space Agency (ESA).

"This gives satellite operators the future perspective to meet the growing bandwidth demands of broadband applications," said Thomas Fröhlich, CEO of Work Microwave, a satellite communications company which took part in the research.

In fact the trial achieved much more than the initial target of 1Gbps. According to Fraunhofer, the sustained throughput to a single end-user terminal was measured at 1.27Gbps. The system used a new satellite communications standard called DVB-S2X that "allows for exceptionally efficient use of spectrum", said the research institute.

"We are very pleased seeing it now working live and flawlessly on an actual satellite," said Michael Schlicht, head of the communication systems division at Fraunhofer IIS.

Avanti did not immediately say how it would use the technology for its carrier clients. An unnamed official said only: "We are keeping a close eye on such wideband technologies to ensure we can meet the future bandwidth demands of broadband users."

Topics: Avanti, satellite, data, broadband, ESA, Fraunhofer, DVB-S2X