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Terrestrial Wireless Infrastructure integrated with Satellite Telecommunications for E-Rural applications (TWISTER)

Terrestrial Wireless Infrastructure integrated with Satellite Telecommunications for E-Rural applications (TWISTER)

Objective

The objective of TWISTER is to support the development and widespread adoption of satellite communication services to deliver broadband services for rural areas. TWISTER will provide innovative applications meeting the specific needs of rural user communities including local administrations, educational institutions, health care practitioners, Sees and agricultural communities. Concrete applications, like educational and health care services between islands in Malta or Greece, broadband Internet access for villages in Spain or France, e-business development for Sees in rural regions of Poland will be tested on validation sites (35 sites initially and up to 105 ultimately), selected with the support of national and regional public authorities. User satisfaction will be evaluated to propose improvements and to specify a roadmap for further services deployment. The integration of space-based infrastructure with terrestrial systems, aims to achieve a seamless broadband coverage in rural areas. TWISTER will investigate a number of hybrid satellite-wireless architectures and validate their on-site performances. Being able to offer simultaneous services over large areas, the space-based infrastructures will favour the enlargement of the European Union. TWISTER will involve companies and user communities from new entrants (Poland, Malta, Latvia), current EU member states (France, Greece, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Italy) and countries associated with the FP6 programme (Norway, Israel). Further efforts will be made throughout the project to involve additional countries. The TWISTER Consortium, involving all actors in the Telecom Value Chain (User Communities, Service Providers, Satellite Operators, Equipment Manufacturers), under EADS Atrium coordination, will create the necessary conditions to successfully deploy over Europe such satellite solutions as a complement to terrestrial means, for the benefit of the population and the economy.

Coordinator

EADS ASTRIUM SAS

Address

Avenue Des Cosmonautes, 31
Toulouse

France

Administrative Contact

Greet VERELST (Ms.)

Participants (12)

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EUTELSAT S.A

France

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS

France

POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA

Poland

UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

Malta

DIPUTACION PROVINCIAL DE ZARAGOZA

Spain

ANETO

France

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

PICOPOINT B.V

Netherlands

ANSUR TECHNOLOGIES AS

Norway

OURANOS NETWORKS SA

Belgium

MARRATECH SYSTÈMES (FRANCE) SARL

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502928

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2007

Funded under:

FP6-AEROSPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 828 502

  • EU contribution

    € 4 114 903

Coordinated by:

EADS ASTRIUM SAS

France