Introducing DVB-S2 and Hybrid Mesh Extensions to the LinkStar VSAT System
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DVB-S2 cuts operating costs and mesh networking improves versatility
Duluth, GA � ViaSat today announced two important enhancements to its LinkStar VSAT networking system. LinkStarS2 incorporates the new DVB-S2 waveform offering up to 30% greater bandwidth efficiency � substantially reducing network operating costs. LinkWayS2 remote terminals integrate into the S2-capable LinkStar hub systems � enabling powerful and flexible hybrid star/mesh network architectures.
LinkStar has quickly become the leading DVB-RCS capable VSAT networking system, with well over 100 operational networks and 80,000 remote terminals worldwide. LinkStar serves a broad array of business and government applications ranging from broadband IP enterprise networks to distance learning. The new S2-capable LinkStar hubs and remote terminals are fully compatible with standard DVB-S LinkStar remotes and offer an easy, cost effective transition to the benefits of DVB-S2.
The LinkWay broadband IP mesh network has earned leading market share in business, military and government applications due to its exceptional power and flexibility. LinkWayS2 incorporates a DVB-S2 receiver into a new generation of LinkWay remotes � enabling hybrid star/mesh networks to be managed by a single hub. LinkStarS2 and LinkWayS2 interoperate seamlessly � offering maximum network design flexibility.
�LinkStarS2 and LinkWayS2 respond directly to two of the most significant needs of business and government network service providers and end users � operational efficiency and flexibility,� said Chris Leber, VP and general manager of ViaSat VSAT Networks. �We are especially pleased to be able to offer these capabilities in a way that makes it easy to transition existing LinkStar networks�
�These product introductions demonstrate our commitment to DVB-RCS capable VSAT networks,� said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. �And, our recent combination with ECC adds the most advanced Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) chips and products to our DVB-S2 technology roadmap. ViaSat is determined to sustain and expand our leadership in the DVB-RCS capable VSAT networking market.�
DVB-S2 is the latest advance in transmission technique from the Digital Video Broadcasting Project industry consortium (www.dvb.org) and features a variety of technology enhancements over the current DVB-S standard. The new standard is designed to cut the cost-per-bit to transmit data by satellite by providing more efficient use of satellite transponders.
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