Hispasat, Phasor to Develop New Antenna for Land Vehicles
Phasor announced today that it will enter a partnership agreement with Spanish satellite operator Hispasat, which will use its antenna technology to address rising connectivity demand for professional and passenger land vehicles in its geographical markets. Phasor will collaborate with Hispasat on the development of a Ku-band Electronically-Steered Antenna (ESA) tailored to the requirements of land-mobility applications, using the same core technology found in its commercial maritime and aeronautical ESA solutions.
Drivers and passengers in buses, trucks and emergency or municipal vehicles, will be able to experience a quality connected travel experience for applications like operational telematics, and passenger Internet access, mobile telephone services, and even entertainment services on board, such as live TV. The antenna is expected to be available within two years.
After the product development stage, Hispasat will provide this new broadband access service to mobility environments on roads in Spain, Portugal, North Africa and Latin America, by means of its satellite fleet.
Phasor’s low profile, electronically steerable antenna enables the delivery of high-bandwidth services. The antenna is solid-state, with no moving parts, allowing satellite signals to be tracked electronically. The ESA can be flat or conformal in design and can be fitted to moving vehicles, enabling aeronautical, maritime and land-mobile applications. The same technology is very well suited to support traditional fixed satellite networks, High Throughput Satellites (HTS), and non-geosynchronous satellite networks, according to Phasor.