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S3M demonstrates low-cost Internet access via satellite

More than 37 million European households connected to SMATV (Satellite Master Antenna Television) installations can benefit from the future deployment of Interactive TV and other attractive applications using the low-cost, satellite-based interactive system trailed by the ACTS...
More than 37 million European households connected to SMATV (Satellite Master Antenna Television) installations can benefit from the future deployment of Interactive TV and other attractive applications using the low-cost, satellite-based interactive system trailed by the ACTS' S3M (SMATV in the 3rd millennium) project.

Small SMATV systems are considered a strategic sector due to their high penetration in several European countries. The sharing of equipment among a group of users living in a building is the key to a very low-cost interactive service provision in this environment.

Two specific service scenarios are addressed by S3M:

- Interactive TV applications;
- Internet multimedia services for Small Office Home Office and Professional Consumers applications.

The S3M project is developing pre-operational equipment based on the work of two earlier European projects. The RACE project contributed to the standardisation of satellite digital TV for SMATV systems. The ACTS DIGISAT project has defined and demonstrated the innovative system concepts that are now being implemented by S3M.

The European Space Agency will contribute to the work of S3M by sponsoring complementary activities oriented to the pre-commercialisation of the developed equipment.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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