SES GLOBAL and Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel announced
the formation of a strategic partnership for the implementation of two-way
satellite based systems using SES' Broadband Interactive System (BBI)
technology based on the DVB-RCS standard and targeting the Enterprise market.
SES pioneered the open DVB-RCS standard to provide two-way satellite
broadband access using Ku and Ka-band frequencies to professional users
such as corporations and small and medium-sized companies (SME). The BBI
solution was launched commercially in November 2001.
Under the strategic partnership, SES GLOBAL will transfer to Alcatel
Space the prime responsibility of the BBI technology development. By entering
into the strategic agreement, Alcatel fully endorses the DVB-RCS standard
for the large-scale implementation of two-way broadband services. Alcatel
will continue the development of the system and ensure future supply of
gateway and terminal products.
SES GLOBAL will cooperate with Alcatel in the definition of future product
enhancements and in ensuring the broad commercial availability on a global
basis of DVB-RCS products.
The strategic partnership aims to further enhance the BBI technology
- improving satellite transponder efficiency and system capacity;
- optimising the cost and performance of end-user terminals;
- maximising the integration of broadband satellite and
- extending the variety of services supported by the BBI system.