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Industry players formalise SAT>IP grouping

sat>ipSix satellite operators and manufacturers have teamed up to form the SAT>IP Alliance, building on an information coalition that was created last year to develop compatible hardware and software for the SAT>IP technology to convert and deliver satellite signals around the home via IP.

The grouping comprises SES, Hispasat, Panasonic, Nagra, ALi Corporation and MaxLinear.

SAT>IP technology converts satellite signals into IP at the reception point using a small server, which may be in the satellite dish or in the user’s home, and distributes the signal to the different IP devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. This technology makes it possible to deliver content via satellite to all the screens in a home, using pre-existing networks in the building. SAT>IP is now a European standard – CENELEC EN50585 – compatible with satellite and ground networks.

The SAT>IP Alliance, which will be constituted in Luxembourg as a non-profit organisation, will be in charge of furthering SAT>IP-related strategic developments and creating working groups through its executive committee. The main aims of the Alliance will be to promote the use of the SAT>IP protocol, facilitate certification of new devices, and develop and improve the standard.