S3M demonstrates low-cost Internet access via satellite
| More than 37 million European households connected to SMATV (Satellite Master Antenna Television) installations1 can benefit from the future deployment of Interactive TV and other attractive applications using the low-cost, satellite based interactive system trialed by the ACTS project S3M (SMATV in the 3rd Millennium). |
Small SMATV systems are considered a strategic sector due to its high penetration in several European countries. The sharing of equipment among a group of users living in a building (10-20 users per building in small systems) is the key to a very low cost interactive service provision in this environment.
Two specific service scenarios are addressed by S3M:
The S3M project, leaded by HISPASAT SA, is developing pre-operational equipment based on the work of two earlier European projects. The RACE project DIGISMATV (1993- 95) contributed to the standardization of satellite digital TV for SMATV systems. The ACTS project DIGISAT (1995- 98) defined and demonstrated the innovative system concepts that are now being implemented by S3M. In particular, DIGISAT made the first world-wide live demonstration of a return channel via satellite for SMATV systems during the Telecom Interactive 97 Exhibition in Geneva.
- Interactive TV applications,
- Internet multimedia services for Small Office Home Office and Professional Consumer (Prosumer) applications.
The European Space Agency will contribute to the work of S3M by sponsoring complementary activities oriented to the pre- commercialization of the developed equipment. S3M will provide input to relevant European and International standardization bodies, such as DVB, ETSI, ITU-R, and DAVIC.
For more information, see the ECMAST 99 Demonstrations Programme and the HISPASAT SA.
1 Source: DIGISMATV
By Enrique Vázquez Gallo, DIT-UPM, 15.05.1999