Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) announced today that, using its existing satellites, it had successfully completed the first proof of concept for MSV's next generation hybrid wireless network. With minor modifications to a standard CDMA 2000 cellular phone and base station, MSV has proven the technical and commercial feasibility of its planned next generation hybrid network. This network will feature a mobile satellite component with an integrated Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC), both using a common, mainstream wireless air interface. This architecture allows the deployment of handsets indistinguishable from standard cellular units.
"We were able to prove beyond a doubt our technical vision for a 'seamless' satellite-terrestrial communications system is achievable," said Mr. Mark Faris, COO of MSV. "Before this demonstration, there were some who doubted the feasibility of full satellite compatibility with a standard handset. This demonstration proves that MSV's solution is 100% viable and can revolutionize wireless communications."
"We are extremely pleased with the results of the demonstration," said Dr. Santanu Dutta, Vice President, Systems Engineering of MSV. "Not only were the modifications minor and with negligible cost impact to standard cellular phones, but the results produced by these trials were nearly perfect with a call completion rate of 99.96%, with exceptional voice quality and with virtually no delay compared to more primitive solutions."
A variety of key features demonstrate the value of MSV's next generation the hybrid network and technology. In addition, this technology utilizes small integrated low-cost handsets capable of supporting both satellite and cellular operations. MSV's satellite diversity, featuring two geosynchronous satellites (incorporated in the present demonstration), provides better call completion and transmits both voice and data content over the handsets. MSV is planning similar demonstrations based on other technology platforms.
MSV is the recognized leader and innovator in ATC technology. MSV's comprehensive issued patent portfolio includes over 800 issued and 500 additional published ATC patent claims to date. These 1300 issued and published claims span the breadth of all ATC network features, functions and system components (including the satellite, terrestrial, satellite gateways and end user equipment). MSV has filed over 100 additional patent applications in the U.S. alone since 2001. Foreign counterpart applications have also been filed with patent offices worldwide. As previously announced, the MSV cache of patent filings was further enhanced by MSV's acquisition of a portfolio of hybrid satellite-terrestrial patents from Celsat.