Mobile Satellite Communications 

Hybrid mobile devices with satellite and terrestrial connectivity

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Overview

Bittium applies its over 30 years of experience from advanced radio communication technologies and wireless device development to development of mobile satellite user terminals for next-generation, IP-based satellite and terrestrial networks. 

Our proven track record in the MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) market include the world's first satellite/3G smartphone (2009), the first satellite/4G smartphones (2017), MIMO HW satellite antenna demonstrator (2010), Satellite/WiFi Broadcast Module (2008) and several others, including research projects with European Space Agency and NASA.

As a customer you will benefit from

  • Turnkey product development based on unique, secure & proven product platforms
  • Highest level of competences in mobile satellite RF front-end and antenna development
  • Connectivity to both satellite and terrestrial (cellular) networks with the same handheld device
  • Latest commercial smartphone features
  • Global certification (CE, FCC, GCF, PTCRB, Google CTS)
  • Small, lightweight terminals
  • Hardware and software based security
  • Lower development cost and short time-to-market due to robust platform-based designs

Reference case

 

Mexsat is a Mexican government program that provides satellite communication services over Mexico and its patrimonial seas, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. The Mexsat system is composed of two types of services: a Mobile Communications Service System, served by one dedicated satellite with its complete terrestrial components; and a Fixed Communications Service System, including one dedicated satellite and specific carrier monitoring equipment.

The communication system, including the mobile devices developed by Bittium, is targeted to high profile Mexican government agencies and using the system will also enhance Mexico's communication capabilities e.g. in disaster relief and emergency services.

For the Mexsat program Bittium has developed three different types of Android™-based L-band mobile devices:

  • Satellite-terrestrial Smartphone
  • Satellite-terrestrial  Enhanced Rugged
  • Satellite Basic Rugged

 

Mobile satellite communications

Many businesses, governmental organizations and individuals require secure and reliable means for communicating in remote locations and challenging environments. To be able to communicate effectively, there is a need to connect to both terrestrial and satellite networks.

Legacy satellite terminals are large, heavy, and expensive, and do not provide interoperability or roaming between the networks. Additionally, users do not get access to all the available applications and services that they are used to when using smartphones, due to limited bandwidth and proprietary operating system.

Using both cellular/terrestrial and mobile satellite services (MSS) networks with Bittium's lightweight hybrid smartphones, a connection can be established from any location, no matter how remote.

  • All communication is IP-based from services and applications down to physical layer 
  • Android OS provides full application ecosystem and familiar smartphone user experience
  • Hybrid solutions provide lower cost-per-bit, more capacity and bandwidth

 

Expertise

Bittium has been involved in developing satellite devices and space electronics for the past 20+ years. 

Examples of projects:

  • Cooperation with European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA in numerous research projects during the past 20+ years.
  • Turnkey development of TerreStar Genus in 2007-2009. It was the world's first satellite/3G smartphone, certified and sold by AT&T in the USA.
  • LTE-over-Satellite Demonstrator in 2016 for the European Space Agency.
  • Satellite/WiFi broadcast module for an Indian customer in 2008.
  • Turnkey development of Mexsat satellite/4G hybrid user terminals during 2016-2017 and volume production in 2018.

Business model

While Bittium can offer multiple business models, the typical device sales model is a white label business model, whereby Bittium

  • leverages its existing device platform as a starting point for a new device,
  • does the product development and New Product Introduction (NPI) and
  • manages the volume production via its EMS manufacturing partners, while the devices carry the customer brand.

In this model, the product specification is agreed upon with the end-customer, Bittium is responsible for the development and manufacturing, while the customer is primarily responsible for device sales and marketing and first level customer support.

Reference case

 

Mexsat is a Mexican government program that provides satellite communication services over Mexico and its patrimonial seas, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. The Mexsat system is composed of two types of services: a Mobile Communications Service System, served by one dedicated satellite with its complete terrestrial components; and a Fixed Communications Service System, including one dedicated satellite and specific carrier monitoring equipment.

The communication system, including the mobile devices developed by Bittium, is targeted to high profile Mexican government agencies and using the system will also enhance Mexico's communication capabilities e.g. in disaster relief and emergency services.

For the Mexsat program Bittium has developed three different types of Android™-based L-band mobile devices:

  • Satellite-terrestrial Smartphone
  • Satellite-terrestrial  Enhanced Rugged
  • Satellite Basic Rugged

 

 

 

 

 

The satellite-terrestrial phones can be operated in both the satellite network and the terrestrial network. The users don't have to carry two separate devices with them, and establishing communications through either network is quick and easy. 

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