Cisco Router in Space Goes Commercial

The Cisco Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) is providing the world’s first commercial service on an Intelsat 14. It’s a major Cisco initiative that is transforming space-based communications by allowing satellites to deliver optimized voice, data and video traffic over a single IP network. Customers benefit from increased bandwidth optimization and application flexibility. TeleCommunication Systems, is now offering commercial access to IRIS services.

TeleCommunication Systems markets the solutions using the Cisco 8400 Space Router on Intelsat IS-14. Currently it’s used for E911, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. The long-term goal is to route voice, data and video traffic between satellites over a single IP network in ways that are more efficient, flexible and cost effective than is possible over today’s fragmented satellite communications networks.

The Space Router enables much more efficient use of satellite bandwidth. In traditional satellites, every user connection is like a T1 connection in the legacy telco world. It goes from point A to point B and the customer pays for the bandwidth whether they are using it or not. If the customer wants to connect point A to point C, the signal must be brought down to the ground, routed there and sent back up to the satellite.

The Cisco Router in Space is a Hosted Payload. It supplies a package of technology that essentially hitches a ride on a commercial satellite transponder, integrated into an already planned commercial satellite launch.

A hosted payload on a commercial satellite costs a fraction of the amount of building, launching, and operating an entire satellite. With IRIS, bandwidth is allocated to users dynamically as they need it and shared amongst a large number of users. You pay for what you need.

In other satellite news, Russia’s state satellite operator announced they will partner on the commercialisation of broadband and data network services in Russia using Eutelsat’s new KA-SAT, a High Throughput Satellite that delivers up to 10 Mbps to users.

Launched in December 2010 and on track to go into full commercial service, KA-SAT will support the Tooway broadband service provided by Eutelsat’s Skylogic affiliate. RSCC will be the main partner of Skylogic to commercialise Tooway services in Russia.

ViaSat has rescheduled the U.S. launch of their sister high capacity satellite, ViaSat-1 to summer 2011. The official story is that the delay provides additional time for repair and testing after ViaSat-1 was damaged while being moved during the testing process.

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